- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 8, 2014

White House, Congress, campaigns, elections? Whatever.

From the august Pew Research Center comes this headline: “One-in-10 Americans don’t give a hoot about politics.”

So says analyst George Gao. He observes that these folks are simply bystanders, disengaged from the din of politicians, and the political marketplace. Judging by census statistics, those who lead a politics-free life could number 35 million people.

“None of this cohort say they’re registered to vote, and none say they follow government and public affairs most of the time. This compares with 48 percent of Americans overall. Virtually all of this group (96 percent) say they’ve never contributed money to a candidate running for public office,” Mr. Gao says.

These bystanders are younger, a third are Hispanic, a third are foreign-born. They care about health news, along with celebrities and video games, the pollster found. They slightly favor the Democratic Party over the GOP and mix liberal and conservative attitudes.

“They are sympathetic to the plight of the poor, but as many say that government aid to the poor does more harm than good as vice versa. They express fairly liberal views on homosexuality and same-sex marriage, but 54 percent say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases,” Mr. Gao says.