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.