Political Parties Essay

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There are three types of political parties in America. These three parties are democrat, republican and independent. The two major political parties are democrat and republican, they have been around since the 1800’s. (1) Democrats are often referred to as liberalists and republicans are referred to as conservatives. Independents are people who do not support democrats or republicans. Independent parties are not very big but in 2008 38% identified themselves as independents. (1) The Democratic Party was started by the anti-federalists in the 1970’s. The Democratic Party is the nation’s largest party. Democrats are for the lower class families. Democrats also believe that the government should be responsible to provide essential services for Americans that are in need. Social security, welfare, and food stamps were started because of democrats. Democrats are also for increases in minimum wages. In a 2006 national survey, it showed that 36% of people over 65 years of age called themselves democrats. While only 27% of people between the ages of 18 and 24 called themselves democrats. (1) In the 2008 election of Barrack Obama, 56% of his votes were from females, while the other 49% were from males. (2) Also in the election of Barrack Obama, who is a democrat had 66% of his votes came from people who were between the ages of 18 to 29. This was the largest turn out of young voters the democrat party has had. Democrats receive majority of their votes from minorities, lower classes families and union workers. Lower class families are people who do not have college degrees and are living dead end jobs. In 1854 the Republican Party was started by a group of anti-slavery activists. Republicans support the upper class individuals. Republicans are often referred to as the GOP (Grand Old Party). Republicans are against the government helping the lower class

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