Surveys: Republicans more open-minded, better informed than Democrats

Surveys: Republicans more open-minded, better informed than Democrats

Published: 4:35 PM 04/22/2012

Yet another new survey shows that Republican supporters know more about politics and political history than Democrats.

On eight of 13 questions about politics, Republicans outscored Democrats by an average of 18 percentage points, according to a new Pew survey titled “Partisan Differences in Knowledge.”

The Pew survey adds to a wave of surveys and studies showing that GOP-sympathizers are better informed, more intellectually consistent, more open-minded, more empathetic and more receptive to criticism than their fellow Americans who support the Democratic Party.

Conservatism’s message is more preventive in nature than the liberal sex, drugs, and violence being sold to the masses by the “caring” liberals, and Libertarianism is much closer to justice. EIther one is far more effective at creating a healthier people than the direction we have now.

I think this is generally because conservative opinion is more often grounded in fact and liberal opinion is grounded in emotion. This explains why the Hollywood set tends to lean left. To be an effective actor, you have to be more emotionally visceral. Its what “sells” a role.

I rarely have much faith in any of these surveys. Every few months one will pop up to suggest one political persuasion or the other has the superior intellectual powers. Until I know on whose behalf such research was carried out, what the sample size was, and what their methods were, they are not worth giving much credence. Even then, the result could be an anomaly.

I’ll wait for the meta-analysis of carefully peer-reviewed studies. :wink:

ManOnFire has it right. IMO, I can’t fathom how a Catholic in America today can buy into the democratic liberal rhetoric of socialism and vote or support Obama? Where did it lead Russia and China? Countries who denounced God and punished His creatures. Do we want more government run by liberals to suffocate America and turn it against God? American Catholics got a feel for his government recently and can expect more anti-Catholic policies if this anti-Christian is reelected! VOTE HIM OUT OF OFFICE!


When a survey comes out saying that liberals are more caring and more sympathetic to the poor, they start purring, and when another survey comes out telling us how oh so wonderful conservatives are, they in turn lap that up! Booshwah to both!

I think both sides have compassion for the poor. I think we differ (sometime vociferously) on how to facilitiate that compassion. Liberals seem to favor a state mechanism whereas conservatives tend to favor private intervention.

In other words, l------s want someone else to help the poor.

Please do discuss the survey, not your own prejudices against one side. :frowning:

No, I think liberals tend to focus on our duty as a society whereas conservatives take this duty as a personal one. Honestly, I can’t stand the us v. them, liberals v. conservative nonsense anymore. It is a wedge that is driven between people by politicians and their monetary supporters to keep themselves in power. They keep us bickering as they steal our liberty and our money while we’re distracted.


have Mercy on the liberal culture which profits billions from selling selfish pleasure, which then causes deflection of personal responsibility, which causes more dependency on innocent taxpayers.

Well, I guess in depends on whether or not you consider fetishizing the founding fathers as knowing our history.:rolleyes:


Okay. According to the survey, they want someone else to help the poor, because of being poorly informed, and closed mindedness.

I have to admit that I’ve met Republicans, ones who are relatively faithless, that are against government help for the poor, and state that they can help the poor privately, if they want to, but of course, they don’t want to. It can work both ways.

2 letters too short.

Is it that I’m just getting older, or is it that you’re starting to make more sense to me? :slight_smile:

Liberal programs only hurt “innocent” taxpayers? :confused:

And how is it that the conservative culture isn’t as profit motivated as that of the liberals? :confused:

Its taken me 8 years of fighting on this forum to realize that both sides have merit AND flaws and that no one is as evil as their counterparts on the other side make them out to be.

What the . . . is with your tagline?!!!

Problem with private help to the poor and needy = and we all do that from time to time, is that some of the most needy are missed. Even with social agencies set up the assistance is not perfect.

By the way, in spite of the fact that my taxes are higher in fact that many who make millions and millions more than I do, I do not grumble about having to have some of them help needy people. God gave me the ability to have and income, so this is one way of sharing it back to Him (or Her).

OOO, you typed it!! :eek:

Paying taxes is not sharing. One day your opinion on paying taxes may change, but the requirement to do it will not.

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