Surveys: Republicans more enlightened, better informed than Democrats

Published:04/22/2012

By Neil Munro – The Daily Caller

Yet another new survey shows that Republican supporters know more about politics and political history than Democrats.

On eight of 13 questions about politics, Republicans outscored Democrats by an average of 18 percentage points, according to a new Pew survey titled “Partisan Differences in Knowledge.”

The Pew survey adds to a wave of surveys and studies showing that GOP-sympathizers are better informed, more intellectually consistent, more open-minded, more empathetic and more receptive to criticism than their fellow Americans who support the Democratic Party.

“Republicans fare substantially better than Democrats on several questions in the survey, as is typically the case in surveys about political knowledge,” said the study, which noted that Democrats outscored Republicans on five questions by an average of 4.6 percent.

The widest partisan gap in the survey came in at 30 points when only 46 percent of Democrats — but 76 percent of Republicans —- correctly described the GOP as “the party generally more supportive of reducing the size of federal government.”

The widest difference that favored Democrats was only 8 percent, when 59 percent of Republicans and 67 percent of Democrats recognized the liberal party as “more [supportive] of reducing the defense budget.”

The survey quizzed 1,000 people, including 239 Republicans and 334 Democrats.

via Republicans | Democrats | Open-mindedness | Tolerance | The Daily Caller.

2 Comments to “Surveys: Republicans more enlightened, better informed than Democrats”

  1. We don’t need a poll for this, the fact they vote republican should Be enough evidence to prove the complete opposite. Anyhow the pollsters probably just got lucky and found Ron Paul supporters who ate knowledgable folk !

  2. Sounds like BS to me. Doesn’t even sound fact based since Republicans actually say they are for less government but actually expand in areas like defense and wars. Id like to see the questions and how they were asked.

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