So I asked a pair of questions about bias and liberal views on nukes, and got nuked myself. Apparently the words liberal and conservative are pretty loaded. Gallup polling indicates that Republicans are usually more conservative, and democrats more liberal or moderate. However those terms seem even worse to me, as they are purely political (liberal and conservative certainly feel ideological, but not political).
As Larian LeQuella noted, not everybody is so easily classified, to be sure. He served 20 proud years as an officer in the Air Force, and likes limited government, but holds other beliefs that are traditionally liberal. I myself served 10 years in the Air Force enlisted corps and still work with the military, and I think nuclear energy is the way to go, but I like HUGE government and a lot of other liberal things. I consider myself a liberal, but don't tow the line on all issues. Still, I think the fact that we both mention the military in anthesis to "liberal" beliefs would pretty clearly indicate that we both think of the military as a traditionally conservative organization. It is a statistical, scientific, and empirical truth, as well. What if I wanted to ask a question that dealt the military and it's stances on certain practical issues - it's possible conservatism could come up, so how do we talk about it?
If I have a question about one of the above demographics, what is a better term to use? Surely there are valid sociological and scientific questions that have to do with these groups, but how do I word them so I don't hit -1000 by the end of the month?