Republicans are better informed, more open-minded and tolerant than Democrats

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Liberals Progressives Democrats The Left pride themselves on being tolerant, “multicultural,” pro-“diversity,” open-minded, well-educated, warm and fuzzy, and oh-so-enlightened bleeding hearts, in contrast to those intolerant, “nativist,” judgmental, hateful, uneducated knuckle-dragging primitive Conservatives.
Alas, as we amply have experienced in our personal lives and on this blog where we regularly are insulted, cursed, and threatened with violence and death (see here and here), the Left’s description of themselves is just their self-serving narcissistic fantasy.
How do we know that?
We know that not from our personal prejudice or experiences, but from social science survey data on the differences between Democrats and Republicans. (Although Republican and conservative are not synonymous and not all Republicans are conservative, nevertheless Republicans are more conservative and right-wing than Democrats.)
It turns out that not only are Republicans more knowledgeable on politics and current events than Democrats, they are also better educated than Democrats.

Republicans are also more open-minded, more tolerant of opinions and beliefs that differ from theirs, and have more empathy for other people.
Neil Munro reports for The Daily Caller that two 2012 Pew surveys (“Partisan Differences in Knowledge” and “Social networking sites and politics”) found that:
1. Republicans know more about politics and political history than Democrats: On 8 of 13 questions about politics, Republicans outscored Democrats by an average of 18 percentage points. The widest partisan gap in the survey came in at 30 points when only 46% of Democrats (vs. 76% of Republicans) correctly described the GOP as “the party generally more supportive of reducing the size of federal government.”

2. Republicans are better educated than Democrats: Pew thinks that Republicans being more knowledgeable about politics than Democrats is because the Democrats’ low average rating likely is a consequence of its bipolar political coalition, which combines well-credentialed post-graduate progressives who score well in quizzes with a much larger number of poorly educated supporters, who score badly. For example, the survey reported that 90% of college grads recognized the GOP as the party most supportive of cutting the federal government. But that number fell to 54% of people with a high-school education or less. In contrast, the Republican party coalition is more consistent, and has few poorly educated people and fewer post-graduates.
3. Republicans are not just better informed, they are more intellectually consistent, more open-minded, more empathetic and more receptive to criticism than Democrats. Democrats are far more likely than conservatives to disconnect from people who disagree with them:

  • 28% of liberals have blocked, unfriended, or hidden someone on social networking sites like Facebook because of divergent opinions and beliefs, compared with 16% of conservatives and 14% of moderates.
  • 11% of liberals, but only 4% of conservatives, deleted friends from their social networks after disagreeing with their politics.
4. A Washington Post poll in March 2012 also showed that Republicans are more consistent and true in their beliefs. In contrast, Democrats are more willing to change their views about a subject to make their team look good.

  • In 2006, 73% of Democrats said the GOP-controlled White House could lower gas prices, but that number fell by more than half to 33% in 2012 once a Democrat was in the White House.
  • In 2006, 47% of Republicans believed the GOP-controlled White House could influence gas prices. By 2012, when a Democrat was in the White House, that number had risen to 65%, up 17 points compared to the Democrats’ 40 point shift.
  • In other words, Democrats tend more to change their beliefs about something they disapprove when “their” team engage in the behavior.

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14 responses to “Republicans are better informed, more open-minded and tolerant than Democrats

  1. Reading and writing English has its advantages,

  2. Very interesting, because I have seen on Facebook so many liberals touting a Pew study that shows Democrats are more compassionate and teach their children to be so, and Conservatives do not have equal compassion and focus on money and religion in childrearing.
    Thanks for posting this!

  3. Thank you for this excellent post! As I look around different people in my life, I have to say that the above survey rings true.

  4. Before I deleted my FB account, I got “unfriended” by libs who didn’t want to see my posts anymore 🙂

    • Years ago, before I started blogging, a niece did her passive-aggressive version of “unfriending” me. She didn’t want my emails of informative news articles, so she blamed my emails for her getting spam. Needless to say, I no longer email her. She has a Master’s degree from Stanford. One of those willfully ignorant low-info libs. 🙂

  5. I just KNEW there was a good reason I became a Republican!!

  6. Ironic,isn’t it,that even though more Democrats have graduated College (So they say.),the Republicans are better Educated. (And we prove it every day.)

  7. Great post, but just because it’s true now does not mean it will always be true. Everything has been deconstructed; Now it’s the Millenials’ turn.
    I would really like to see the REAL HISTORY of George H.W. Bush in lights on Broadway. It’s not there yet, but it’s coming out. (I believe his history of crime dwarfs Obama’s by a long-shot).
    So as better off intellectually and morally as Republicans are, it means nothing unless they can have their idol exposed. The sunlight of history is the best disinfectant.

  8. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this excellent post. It is most encouraging and sets forth the real “spiritual” qualities possessed by the Left, since they embrace viciousness and closed-mindedness.

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  11. Excellent post. I think that sums it up nicely. I’m reminded of a couple of other considerations as well. Things like religion a conservative might regard as “positive” while a liberal might find the opposite.

    Tradition might be another. While we may be proud of our traditions and accomplishments, the left might be disgusted by them and wish to destroy them. So, there are areas where we totally lack commonality.


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