Ignorant Bitter Clingers, Huh?


So Republicans are more knowledgeable than Democrats, contrary to what many would like to believe.

According to whom?  None other than the Pew Research Center, a left-of-center organization.  Moreover, Pew’s latest survey only reaffirms previous surveys demonstrating the same result.

In fact, the results weren’t even close.

In a scientific survey of 1,168 adults conducted during September and October of last year, 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.

I think there is a further connection here, perhaps even a causal relationship. A short while ago, a Gallup study noted that distrust of the media by Republicans was at a historic high – only 26% trusted them a “Great deal/Fair amount” while 58% of Democrats trusted the media a “Great deal/Fair amount”.

I noted this in a comment on another post:

The real point is that uninformed voters of any ideology are dangerous and damaging to democracy. The media shielding any candidate or ideology from honest reporting by deciding what is important and what is not based on any bias is wrong…and there is clear evidence of that happening from Us magazine screaming that Ann Romney wore a $1690 dress in their headline when buried in the story is the fact that Michelle Obama’s ensemble cost twice that much ($3,290) – Moochelle’s jacket alone cost almost as much as Ann’s dress ($1,495) – to ABC and NBC “disappearing” the Benghazi debacle from their broadcasts.

When Romney wins, the real winner will be Fox News – an organization what undeniably leans right but reports it all. They may well take a conservative view of events but they don’t exclude them because they disagree with them, whereas conservative voices are seldom heard on the other networks and they do, in fact, censor news that they deem “unhelpful” to their worldview.

There seems to be a causal relationship here – what the mainstream media doesn’t report, the Democrats assume isn’t news. That makes situations, like what I noted here, very, very dangerous to the survival of our Republic because there are millions of uninformed people walking around voting for representatives based on advertising and mass marketing and not real information.

7 thoughts on “Ignorant Bitter Clingers, Huh?

  1. You make some fair enough points. Though I’d still like to review the pew research (sorry- I’m being lazy….not realy 14hr work days atm…)

    But I can just as easily point o polls showing the opposite. Or that dems tend to be far more educated. or…

    Let’s face it- it’s the classic “Lies. damn lies, and statistics”. We have huge portions of both parties that are wildly enuducated. Poor. Struggling. And portions of both parties that fall into the 1%. the .01%. So what, exactly, is this supposed to tell us????

    Hell, just google the difference between intellgence and intellect. Some of the smartest, most knowledgeable people I have ever known have, as my father said, “not the common sense god gave a gosling”

    So can we please move beyond this miserable two pary system, seemingly based on the sports mentality, and move on to actual ideas? Because if you’re actually paying attention- you will know that the D/R mentality breaks down pretty quickly. (shall we talk about south vs north, east vs west… the classic disingenuous arguement of “oh- it was R’s who supported civil ights? It was D’ who did this. R’s who did this?). It’s rather sad it has come to this…And that in the past couple years we have seen a stalinist purge by the far right of any R who has dared cross party lines.

    If only we could ee the abolition of parties- and people actually having to stand on their ideas and values…

    • I can’t disagree.

      The issue is that when you grow government to the point that the actions and beliefs of the individual candidate are so far away from the local citizen, the more difficult it gets to have those discussions and therefore causes the money and party systems to become involved.

      You want better government and more rational elections? Then shrink it down and get it closer to the people – that is why federalism is so important to the future of America. This can be done at the state and local level but will never be done at the national level. The central federal government must be made less powerful and the states more so.

      I hate the money spent in politics today but there is almost no way to have a conversation about ideas without it, political campaigns have become less about ideas and more about mutually assured destruction.

    • @ drugs — ::: cheers ::::

      You actually went and did it. And I thank you. Great response. 🙂

      @ Utah — precisely.

      The Federal government has become a behemoth, and needs serious reform. The liberals will argue that we are advocating moving backwards, but in the end, we would really be taking about 5 steps forward by returning sovereignty back to the states.

      You would see more responsibility if each state did not have the federal government for bailouts.

  2. Wow! Three comments in a row wherein the argument was advanced without rancor!
    I agree with the thesis that our government has accreted to the point that the connection between governed and governor is broken,the common goals have been lost, government is more interested in its survival, protection of its powers,than in its basic function of serving the people.

  3. No rancor ? Why ?

    Because TRUTH has been spoken.

    When either side comes out with a personal, vilifying attack, it is most generally because the other side speaks damaging truth to their own purposefully, or ignoranly,lieing side.

    The Statists in both parties are guilty of this, it just comes more often from
    Democrats, as this party has been completely conquered by STATISTS.

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