So, basically I’m not sure that the usage of certain voter groups is consistent across sim values and policies, especially given their descriptions. I have some examples:
Trade unionists are “concerned about worker’s rights in large organisations, want higher pay, shorter hours”. They seem to get confused with socialists quite often:
Trade unionists dislike private prisons, not socialists, despite socialists like state schooling and healthcare, not trade unionists (I should think state employees would care about this too tbh)
Socialists like the minimum wage, not trade unionists, despite trade unionists liking work safety law, not socialists
Trade unionists dislike high private industries of various kinds, not socialists. You’ve said before that this is because you suppose that they like state enterprise, but why would they have no preference between a weak private sector because of low GDP and a weak private sector because of state enterprise?
There’s a lot of overlap between conservatives and religious on social issues. Why do conservatives not care about gay marriage, despite being about “family values”, and when they already care about gender transition, gender discrimination act and family values? Why do conservatives care about private prisons?
Capitalists seem to not care about a whole host of things that you’d think they would, like food stamps, faith school subsidies, business confidence, food standards agency, science funding, biofuel subsidies, work safety law and the petrol tax. I’d less confidently say that they should probably care about immigration and driverless car laws too. And I have no idea why they like import tariffs (I’d argue that trade unionists are the ones who should like protectionism, not capitalists). Self employed suffer kind of the same problem, they don’t care about minimum wage or labour laws, despite caring about “too much state regulation and workers rights”.
Liberals too have some weird interactions- they lose money from internet currency taxation and their relationship with “equality of opportunity” policies is pretty spotty: they don’t care about the disability benefit or equitable schooling or healthcare policies, but like foreign aid and the child benefit.
Ultimately, I understand there can be said to be ideological overlap between a lot of these groups (though I think the amount currently is a bit excessive, given that people can be a member of multiple groups to differing extents anyway) but the inconsistency between policies and values is what confuses me a lot. It makes groups like trade unionists feel redundant and groups like liberals and capitalists feel poorly defined.