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Old 07-14-2014, 12:57 AM
 
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Republicans More Educated & Informed, Higher Political IQ, per Liberal Pew Poll

Take home message- MOST democrat voters are idiots and have a lower IQ than REPUBLICAN voters.
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"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.

“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.”

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%)."
Pew Research: Republicans More Knowledgeable Than Democrats

Democrats = less knowledgeable, least educated.
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Old 07-14-2014, 01:03 AM
 
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Doesn't seem to make sense. IQ is positively correlated with educational attainment level (higher education level, higher IQ) and with income level (higher income, higher IQ).

64% of those who never even finished high school vote for Democrats.
http://cdn-media.nationaljournal.com...013_12_columns
Source: CNN

And higher income earners are more likely to vote Republican.
http://cdn.theatlantic.com/static/mt...0vs%20Vote.png

But on average dems out earn repubs.
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Old 07-14-2014, 01:05 AM
 
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It kinda is.

I.mean, if you guys are so bright, why was your candidate so lame? Lol
Seeing as how he was almost the mirror image of your candidate, generally speaking, back at you.
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Old 07-14-2014, 01:42 AM
 
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There's a disconnect in your reasoning. The higher one's income, the more likely one is to vote Republican. So, where are all those supposedly highly educated high-earning Democrat voters?

http://cdn.theatlantic.com/static/mt...0vs%20Vote.png

Likewise, the lower one's income, the more likely they are to vote for Democrats. Without a doubt, the least educated and lowest-income earners are overwhelmingly Democrats.

Well, duh! Aren't you familiar with the cliche that Americans vote their pocketbook?

High-income people want to keep what they have and thus tend to prefer Republicans, who generally will not tax them as much as Democrats will.

Low-income people want to keep what they have - and perhaps to get some freebies as well - and thus tend to prefer Democrats, who generally will not tax them as much as Republicans will.

The above voting patterns prevailed as long as Democrats were able to extract more dollars from higher-income taxpayers. This pattern of taxation is sustainable for only so long, and it appears that the limit is near, especially at state and local levels, because higher-income taxpayers also have the greatest ability to vote with their feet.

As this limit is approached, and as the liberal quest for more tax dollars reaches into the pockets of lower-income people, there is an opportunity for Republicans if they stop waving their regressive-tax banner.
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Old 07-14-2014, 01:50 AM
 
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But on average dems out earn repubs.

I rather doubt that, especially if you're comparing people within the same state or county.

Yes, incomes are higher in Connecticut than in Alabama, but I'd wager that on average, Republicans in Connecticut (Alabama) have higher incomes than Democrats in Connecticut (Alabama).
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Old 07-14-2014, 02:00 AM
 
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Yep: Pew Research: Republicans More Knowledgeable Than Democrats

Democrats = less knowledgeable, least educated.

It would be very interesting to see the comparison controlling for income; i.e. are Republicans of income $X more knowledgeable and/or educated than Democrats of income $X?

Low-income Americans are much less likely to be connected to text news (e.g. newspapers) and to have college degrees than are high-income Americans.
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Old 07-14-2014, 02:10 AM
 
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Well, duh! Aren't you familiar with the cliche that Americans vote their pocketbook?

High-income people want to keep what they have and thus tend to prefer Republicans, who generally will not tax them as much as Democrats will.

Low-income people want to keep what they have - and perhaps to get some freebies as well - and thus tend to prefer Democrats, who generally will not tax them as much as Republicans will.

The above voting patterns prevailed as long as Democrats were able to extract more dollars from higher-income taxpayers. This pattern of taxation is sustainable for only so long, and it appears that the limit is near, especially at state and local levels, because higher-income taxpayers also have the greatest ability to vote with their feet.

As this limit is approached, and as the liberal quest for more tax dollars reaches into the pockets of lower-income people, there is an opportunity for Republicans if they stop waving their regressive-tax banner.
European countries use regressive taxes to fund their plethora of social programs. The problem in the U.S. is that the low-income earners want all those same social program benefits, but they don't want to pay for it like their European peers do. Hence, we're at an impasse in this country.
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Old 07-14-2014, 02:11 AM
 
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It would be very interesting to see the comparison controlling for income; i.e. are Republicans of income $X more knowledgeable and/or educated than Democrats of income $X?

Low-income Americans are much less likely to be connected to text news (e.g. newspapers) and to have college degrees than are high-income Americans.
And overwhelmingly vote for Democrats.
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Old 07-14-2014, 02:12 AM
 
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But what about the constant rhetoric from Democrats that the Republican party is all about the rich? If what you cite is factual, wouldn't that be counterproductive?

No, because it is common for the poor and near-poor to hope to become rich someday, even when their likelihood of doing so is infinitesimal.
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Old 07-14-2014, 02:29 AM
 
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Doesn't seem to make sense. IQ is positively correlated with educational attainment level (higher education level, higher IQ) and with income level (higher income, higher IQ).

64% of those who never even finished high school vote for Democrats.
http://cdn-media.nationaljournal.com...013_12_columns
Source: CNN

And higher income earners are more likely to vote Republican.
http://cdn.theatlantic.com/static/mt...0vs%20Vote.png


I have a liberal friend from college - who is now an elected county official - who long ago had an interesting poster on his wall (so the data it described are probably quite out of date today) which seemed to suggest that voting behavior was a function of the relationship between a person's educaton and their income.

Those whose incomes exceeded expectations (based on their education) voted heavily Republican while those whose incomes failed to meet expectations voted heavily Democrat.

Oh, and whites without a college degree are trending Republican.

Among whites without a college degree, the GOP now holds a 54 percent to 37 percent advantage among non-college whites, who were split about evenly four years ago. The partisanship of white college graduates, by contrast, has not changed, the analysis found.

Is education level tied to voting tendencies? | PolitiFact Georgia
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