Liberals, take a long look in the mirror

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    Article by: KATHERINE KERSTEN , Star Tribune
    Updated: May 5, 2012 - 5:04 PM

    The evidence shows you're more poorly informed and less tolerant.

    We've got a vivid picture of the Republicans and conservatives in our midst. They're a sour, dour lot -- close-minded, tight-fisted and intolerant. Some are businesspeople, greedy and self-interested. Others are rednecks, poorly informed, clinging to their guns and religion.

    If only these folks understood political issues better and cared more about their fellow man, they'd be liberals, right?

    Think again. A growing body of research is shattering this conventional wisdom.

    Survey data make clear that Republicans, on average, are better informed than Democrats about political issues. Data from the American National Election Study has confirmed this over the years, and an April 2012 Pew Research Center survey -- "What the Public Knows about the Political Parties" -- is the latest to document it.

    On eight of the survey's 13 questions about politics, Republicans outperformed Democrats by an average of 18 percentage points. "Republicans fare substantially better than Democrats on several questions in the survey, as is typically the case in surveys about political knowledge," according to the study.

    The widest gap -- 30 points -- came on a question about which political party is "generally more supportive of reducing the size of federal government." Seventy-six percent of Republicans, but only 46 percent of Democrats, correctly named the GOP.

    Republicans even know more about Democratic leaders: 75 percent of Republicans identified Nancy Pelosi as a Democrat, vs. 59 percent of Democrats. And while 73 percent of Republicans knew Franklin Roosevelt was a Democrat, only 58 percent of Democrats did.

    But surely liberals, widely praised for tolerance, are more open-minded than conservatives toward people with different views? Whoops.

    A March 2012 Pew report, entitled "Social Networking Sites and Politics," found that 28 percent of liberals have "blocked, unfriended or hidden someone" on social-networking sites because of their political postings, compared with 16 percent of conservatives.

    Come to think of it, that shouldn't surprise anyone who's spent time on a college campus. We're used to hearing that left-wing students have shouted down a conservative speaker. But when did you last hear about conservative students silencing a liberal speaker?

    OK, OK. So maybe conservatives as a group are more knowledgeable about politics and more open-minded than liberals. But liberals' signature quality is their "bleeding hearts." They must be more caring and generous than conservatives, right?

    It turns out willingness to use government money to improve others' condition doesn't guarantee personal generosity. Social scientist Arthur Brooks documented this in his 2006 book, "Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth about Compassionate Conservatism."

    According to Brooks, conservative-headed households give 30 percent more to charity than liberal-headed households, on average, although liberal families' incomes are higher. Conservatives also donate more time and give more blood.


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    In fairness, the author works for the Center of the American Experiment - a conservative think tank.

    Wouldn't it be cool if we could get some hard, accurate data from non-partisan sources just for a change - rebellious, I know but I do like non-partisan sources.
     
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    good post. I have a feeling that some of the difference could also be that as people get older (and wiser!) they tend to agree more with conservative values and are less likely to fear being thought of as reproachable if they declare themselves as conservative.
     
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    AS though knowing anything about the POLITICS of our age makes one informed?

    Nonsense!
     
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    It exsists you on the right jsut call it left wing crap
     
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    Who is that sexy hun......

    I get distracted by myself too much. ;)
     

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