We already know it. But it’s still good to get scientific confirmation from survey research.
According to the latest survey data of the Pew Research Center, contrary to the Left’s malicious caricature of the Right as uneducated, stupid, dopey rednecks, it turns out Republicans are more knowledgeable than Democrats!
Timothy H. Lee reports for the Center for Individual Freedom, March 22 2012, that this latest survey by the left-of-center Pew Research Center only reaffirms previous surveys finding the same result.
In fact, the gap in knowledge between Republicans and Democrats isn’t even close. As Lee writes:
In a scientific survey of 1,168 adults conducted during September and October of 2011, respondents were asked not only multiple-choice questions, but also queries using maps, photographs and symbols. Among other subjects, participants identified international leaders, cabinet members, Supreme Court justices, nations on a world map, the current unemployment and poverty rates and war casualty totals.
In a 2010 Pew survey, Republicans outperformed Democrats on 10 of 12 questions, with one tie and Democrats outperforming Republicans on just 1 of the 12. In the latest survey, however, Republicans outperformed Democrats on every single one of 19 questions.
Amusingly, the Pew report attempted to soften the stark partisan knowledge disparity:
“Republicans generally outperformed Democrats on the current quiz. On 13 of the 19 questions, Republicans score significantly higher than Democrats and there are no questions on which Democrats did better than Republicans. In past knowledge quizzes, partisan differences have been more muted, though Republicans often have scored somewhat higher than Democrats.”
“Generally outperformed?” “Somewhat higher?” That’s a curiously charitable way to describe the surveys, which went from previous blowouts to a complete shutout in the latest edition.
Those Pew results are confirmed by some surprising other sources. According to a New York Times headline dated April 14, 2010, “Poll Finds Tea Party Backers Wealthier and More Educated.” Shattering widespread myths, that survey revealed that Tea Party supporters were more likely to possess a college degree than their counterparts (23% to 15%), and also more likely to have completed post-graduate studies (14% to 10%). Tea Partiers were also more likely to have completed “some college” by a 33% to 28% margin, and substantially less likely to have not completed high school than non-supporters (3% versus 12%), or to possess only a high school degree (26% versus 35%).
Those results will probably come as a rude awakening to supporters of Barack Obama, but it won’t to anyone paying attention. As just the latest example, consider the cheap laugh line that Obama keeps repeating on his current reelection tour thinly disguised as an energy policy apologia. As gasoline prices continue to rise due in part to his agenda, Obama likens anyone critical of his failed energy decisions to a modern-day “Flat Earth Society” in speech after speech. [...] Obama also [...] “told us that America invented the automobile and that John F. Kennedy had met with Nikita Kruschev when we were on the brink of nuclear war,” when in fact the automobile was invented in Germany and Kennedy actually met Kruschev one year prior to the Cuban Missile Crisis.
This is the same President who referred to “57 states,” misstated the Citizens United decision in an address to the nation, pronounced Navy “corpsman” as “corpse-man” and blatantly misrepresented that Japanese automobiles now average 45 miles per gallon to our 27.5 standard.
All of which debunks and renders laughable the notion among preening liberals that they collectively maintain a knowledge or educational superiority.
In fact, FOTM readers can test this for ourselves!
Take the Pew Research Center’s latest 11-question News IQ Quiz on the 2012 election! Ask your leftwing friends and family (if you’re still speaking to them, that is) to take the quiz too. Then compare results.
To take the quiz, click here!
As you will, I found the quiz to be ridiculously easy and got a perfect 11/11 score. Astoundingly, only 13% of voters got the same 11/11 score.
Consistent with other previous political knowledge quizzes and surveys, Republican voters scored better than Democrats on this News IQ Quiz (7.8 vs. 6.9 correct answers), college graduates scored better than those with no college experience (8.8 vs. 5.5), and older voters scored better than those age 35 and under.