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Democratic Party Trivia Quiz Questions With Answers - Political Trivia

Free fun long printable trivia quiz with answers about the Democratic Party

 

What is the Democratic Party?
A: The Democratic Party is one of the two major contemporary political parties in the United States, along with the Republican Party.

Tracing its heritage back to Thomas Jefferson and James Madison's Democratic-Republican Party, the modern-day Democratic Party was founded around what year by supporters of Andrew Jackson, making it the world's oldest active political party?
A: 1828.

The Democrats' dominant worldview was once what?
A: Social conservatism and economic liberalism while populism was its leading characteristic in the rural South.

Since Franklin D. Roosevelt and his New Deal coalition in the 1930s, the Democratic Party has also promoted a social liberal platform, supporting what?
A: Social justice.

Today, the House Democratic caucus is composed mostly of what?
A: Centrists and progressives, with a small minority of conservative Democrats.

The party's philosophy of modern liberalism advocates what?
A: Social and economic equality, along with the welfare state.

It seeks to provide government intervention and regulation in what?
A: The economy.

These interventions, such as the introduction of social programs, support for labor unions, affordable college tuitions, moves toward universal health care and equal opportunity, consumer protection and environmental protection form the core of what?
A: The party's economic policy.

The New Deal Coalition of 1932–1964 attracted strong support from voters of what?
A: Recent European extraction—many of whom were Catholics based in the cities.

After Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal of the 1930s, the pro-business wing did what?
A: It withered outside the South.

After the racial turmoil of the 1960s, most Southern whites and many Northern Catholics moved into what?
A: The Republican Party at the presidential level.

When did the once-powerful labor union element become smaller and less supportive?
A: After the 1970s.

White Evangelicals and Southerners became heavily Republican at the state and local level since when?
A: Since the 1990s.

Fifteen Democrats have served as President under how many administrations?
A: Sixteen.

Who was the most recent?
A: It was the forty-fourth President Barack Obama, who held the office from 2009 to 2017.

Andrew Jackson was the seventh President of the United States (1829–1837) and the first what?
A: Democratic President.

Democratic Party officials often trace its origins to the inspiration of the Democratic-Republican Party, founded by whom?
A: Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and other influential opponents of the Federalists in 1792.

That party also inspired who?
A: The Whigs and modern Republicans.

Organizationally, the modern Democratic Party truly arose in the 1830s with the election of whom?
A: Andrew Jackson.

Since the nomination of William Jennings Bryan in 1896, the party has generally positioned itself where?
A: To the left of the Republican Party on economic issues.

They have been more liberal on civil rights issues since when?
A: 1948.

The Democratic Party evolved from the Jeffersonian Republican or Democratic-Republican Party organized by Jefferson and Madison in opposition to what?
A: The Federalist Party of Alexander Hamilton and John Adams.

The Democratic-Republican Party came to power in the election of what year?
A: 1800.

After the War of 1812, the Federalists virtually disappeared and the only national political party left was what?
A: The Democratic-Republicans.

The era of one-party rule in the United States, known as what?
A: The Era of Good Feelings.

How long did it last?
A: It lasted from 1816 until the early 1830s, when the Whig Party became a national political group to rival the Democratic-Republicans.

However, the Democratic-Republican Party still had its own what?
A: Internal factions.

They split over the choice of a successor to whom?
A: President James Monroe.

The party faction that supported many of the old Jeffersonian principles, led by Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren, became what?
A: The modern Democratic Party.

Opposing factions led by Henry Clay helped form what party?
A: The Whig Party.

The Democratic Party had a small yet decisive advantage over the Whigs until the 1850s, when what happened?
A: The Whigs fell apart over the issue of slavery.

In 1854, angry with the Kansas–Nebraska Act, anti-slavery Democrats left the party and joined whom?
A: Northern Whigs to form the Republican Party.

The democrats definition of the proper role of government tended to be negative, and Jackson's political power was largely expressed in what?
A: Negative acts.

He exercised the veto more than what?
A: All previous presidents combined.

Democrats tended to oppose programs like what?
A: Educational reform mid the establishment of a public education system.

They believed, for instance, that public schools did what?
A: Restricted individual liberty by interfering with parental responsibility and undermined freedom of religion by replacing church schools.

He had no sympathy for whom?
A: American Indians, initiating the removal of the Cherokees along the Trail of Tears.

As the American Civil War broke out, Northern Democrats were divided into what?
A: War Democrats and Peace Democrats.

Most War Democrats rallied to whom?
A: Republican President Abraham Lincoln and the Republicans' National Union Party in the election of 1864.

The election featured who on the Republican ticket even though he was a Democrat from the South?
A: Andrew Johnson.

The Democrats benefited from white Southerners' resentment of what?
A: Reconstruction after the war and consequent hostility to the Republican Party.

The Democrats took control of the House in 1910 and elected whom as President in 1912 and 1916?
A: Woodrow Wilson.

Wilson effectively led Congress to put to rest the issues of what?
A: Tariffs, money and antitrust, which had dominated politics for 40 years, with new progressive laws.

He failed to pass what treaty?
A: The Versailles Treaty (which involved joining the League of Nations).

The weak party was deeply divided by issues such as what?
A: The KKK and prohibition in the 1920s.

The Great Depression in 1929 that occurred under Republican President Herbert Hoover and the Republican Congress set the stage for what?
A: A more liberal government as the Democrats controlled the House of Representatives nearly uninterrupted from 1930 until 1994 and won most presidential elections until 1968.

Franklin D. Roosevelt, elected to the presidency in 1932, came forth with government programs called what?
A: The New Deal.

New Deal liberalism meant what?
A: The regulation of business (especially finance and banking) and the promotion of labor unions as well as federal spending to aid to the unemployed, help distressed farmers and undertake large-scale public works projects.

The opponents, who stressed opposition to unions, support for business and low taxes, started calling themselves what?
A: "Conservatives".

Until the 1980s, the Democratic Party was a coalition of two parties divided by the Mason–Dixon line: liberal Democrats in the North and what in the South?
A: Culturally conservative voters, who though benefitting from many of the New Deal public works projects opposed increasing civil rights initiatives advocated by Northeastern liberals.

The polarization grew stronger after what?
A: After Roosevelt died.

Republicans attracted conservatives and white Southerners from the Democratic coalition with their use of the what?
A: The southern strategy and resistance to New Deal and Great Society liberalism.

African Americans had traditionally supported the Republican Party because of what?
A: Its anti-slavery civil rights policies.

In his campaign, Kennedy attracted a new generation of what?
A: Younger voters.

In his agenda dubbed the New Frontier, Kennedy introduced a host of social programs and public works projects, along with enhanced support of the space program, proposing a what?
A: A manned spacecraft trip to the moon by the end of the decade.

Kennedy's successor Lyndon B. Johnson was able to persuade the largely conservative Congress to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and with a more progressive Congress in 1965 passed what?
A: Much of the Great Society, which consisted of an array of social programs designed to help the poor.

Kennedy and Johnson's advocacy of civil rights further solidified black support for the Democrats, but had the effect of what?
A: Alienating Southern whites who would eventually gravitate towards the Republican party, particularly after the election of Ronald Reagan to the presidency in 1980.