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Party Definitions and the Political Spectrum
Directions:
In the table below, define each of the terms listed in the left-hand column. You may use either your
government book or the online resources to complete the list. Be prepared to use these terms
appropriately in classroom discussions and your own writing.
Key Term
political party
major party
minor party
partisanship
bipartisan
plurality
party in power
incumbent
electorate
Definition
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The Political Spectrum:
In order to understand political party research, you need to know which terms are synonymous with each
of the political parties. You will find several pairs of words listed below on an arrow. Take each pair and
place one of them on each end of the political spectrum below. The first one is listed below.
Democrat
Democrat
Republican
conservative
liberal
Right-wing
Left-wing
socialist
capitalist
elephant
donkey
less government
more government
social rights
individual rights
GOP
Republican
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What Does Each Party Believe?
What Do YOU Believe?
Each of the major political parties has a specific belief on each of the issues
listed below. Your assignment is to use the internet or other resources to
determine the beliefs of each party. In the appropriate column, write the
party’s stance and list the source used to determine it. You must use at least
five (5) different sources. In the final column, jot down your beliefs. They
may be similar to one of the parties, they may be different than both parties, or
they may be a combination of both.
Issue
Democrat
Republican
Federal
Budget
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Social
Welfare
Immigration
School
Vouchers
Personal Beliefs
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Issue
Democrat
Republican
Foreign Aid
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Prayer in
School
Minimum
wage
Abortion
Gun Control
Defense
Spending
Personal Beliefs
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Environment
Source:
Source:
http://www.investopedia.com/articles/economics/09/us-parties-republican-democrat-taxes.asp
http://www.svgop.com/files/Differences%20Between%20Republicans%20and%20Democrats.pdf
http://compare2012.returncontrol.com/
http://academic.regis.edu/jriley/413republicans_v_democrats.htm
http://www.democrats.org/
http://www.gop.com/
http://ohiodems.org/splash/
http://www.ohiogop.org/
http://www.yda.org/
http://yrnf.com/#sthash.Ky1mJOpv.dpbs
FINAL QUESTION:
What political party do you associate yourself with? Republican? Democrat? Both? Neither? Use
information from this web quest to support your answer. Use at least FIVE specific issues from this
assignment when writing your answer. Write your response in paragraph form and use complete
sentences.