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One in 10 tune out politics

By By CNN Political Unit
Published On: Jul 07 2014 12:03:13 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 07 2014 01:10:55 PM CDT
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(CNN) -

The midterm elections are just four months away, but a national poll indicates that one out of 10 Americans apparently couldn't care less.

According to the Pew Research Center's Political Typology report, 10 percent of the public isn't registered to vote, doesn't follow government or public affairs, and doesn't contribute to political parties.

The survey asked Americans about a wide range of political values and categorize them into eight groups, with the 10 percent who are politically disengaged labeled "the Bystanders."

So who are they?

"Bystanders are young (38% are under 30), and nearly a third (32%) are Hispanic. A third of Bystanders are foreign born, a higher share than any of the other typology groups, including 29% total who are not citizens," said a release by the Pew Research Center.

The research on the Bystanders, released Monday, also indicates they have a more favorable view of the Democratic Party than the GOP, and have a mix of conservative and liberal attitudes.

Understandably, they don't have interest in government or politics, or in business and finance. But nearly two-thirds said they are interested in celebrities and entertainment.

The Pew Research Center poll was conducted Jan. 23-March 16, with 10,013 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2 percentage points.

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