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New Survey: Republicans Smarter than Democrats

By Bobby Eberle

Here's a survey that tells us what we already know: Republicans are smarter than Democrats. Yes, that's old news, but it sure is nice to see it in print. In particular, I'm talking about a new survey by the Pew Research Center which quizzed respondents on their political knowledge. And those elitist, ivory tower liberals think they are so smart!

As noted in the survey, "Republicans fare substantially better than Democrats on several questions in the survey, as is typically the case in surveys about political knowledge."

The largest gaps are in awareness of which party is more supportive of reducing the size and scope of the federal government (30 points) and which party is more conservative (28 points).

Republicans also are 21 percentage points more likely than Democrats to know that the GOP is more supportive of drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

There is only one policy question - which party is more supportive of cutting defense spending - on which Democrats are more knowledgeable than Republicans. Two-thirds of Democrats (67%) identify the Democratic Party as being more supportive of reducing the size of the defense budget, compared with 59% of Republicans.

Only 54% of Democrats surveyed knew that Abraham Lincoln was a Republican. Only 59% of Democrats know that Nancy Pelosi is one of them.

What's really stunning is that when asked which party is generally more supportive of "reducing the size of the federal government," only 46% of Democrats knew the answer. That means 54% either didn't know or thought that the Democrats are generally more supportive of smaller government. Are you kidding me?

Has the spin and media bias become so thick that Democrats don't even know that they are the kings of big government? Obama has added more to the debt than all presidents combined. Come on!

Dive into the survey and let me know what you think. Questions are also broken down by age and education as well. Are Republicans really smarter than Democrats?

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  1. dorisComment by doris
    April 23, 2012 @ 1:40 pm

    This is not surprising – I’ve known this for a long time. Republicans believe in helping yourself – Dumbocrats believe in everyone else helping them.

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  2. genesalComment by genesal
    April 23, 2012 @ 1:50 pm

    Republicans get Educated
    Democrats get Indoctrinated!

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    • karenstephensComment by karenstephens
      March 25, 2013 @ 7:55 pm

      Get educated? Hahaha! For one that survey was done unbiased. Unlike everything the Liberals do. Too them “everything” is biased. Your ‘biased’ Liberal news has totally confused you all! The Democrats only idea of being indoctrinate is simply they want to “spend” “spend” “spend”, “give” “give” “give” to NOT Americans! To everyone who DOES NOT belong here! And their only idea of change is bankrupting us, over crowding us, run us into the ground, bankrupt us, allow terrorist to cross our borders freely, lie to you, and create a LARGER Government! I realize I am getting to this post pretty late after your dumb comment here. But I still had to remark to it. Your Liberals in the White House have made us into the food stamp, welfare, and disregard of Federal laws in the world! Wake up! You truly think that socialized medicine is a good idea? I bet you do! Even I as a Republican agree as most of us do that we need to place a law forcing employers to and insurance companies to make it available and affordable per person per salary! BUT! Socialized medicine is NOT a good idea. It is badly written, and will cost each American an extra 3 grand a year! On top of the new tax Obama placed on us “AFTER” arguing during the debate with Romney that “Romney wanted to tax the poor and middle class and not the rich!” When in fact he didn’t. Romney even said it would be reckless to increase taxes to people during a recession! But what does the “talk out of both sides of his mouth” Obama do after he’s voted in again? HIKE UP POOR AND MIDDLE CLASS TAXES! WORSE NOT A SINGLE WORD OR ACTION ABOUT TAXING THE RICH! Of course he wouldn’t! Him and all his goons are billionaires! Compared to the “Millionaires” as Republicans! Hollywood is all Liberal! His rich Hollywood pals sure wouldn’t be singing or preforming for him at the White House any more had he raised their taxes! Yet you fools are still in denial! I suggest shutting off the Stupid Box! (The TV) And pick up a book and read it! Get your news from various sources NOT FROM TV OR THE NEWS HERE! None of it is true and what is true is only half true! They hide a lot of news too that should be aired or printed! Go to different countries on web sites or if you have cable or even use you tube to view it! There you can break it all down from each place you obtain your news from and be able to figure out what is true and what is likely not. I highly recommend reading it through these sources. It’s harder to brainwash you in black and white. And especially if you get it from various places you’ll find some will add certain factors and others wont and what the do share is often off/different. Yes it seems like it’s quite a lot to go through to learn what’s going on in our country! But THIS is what you Liberals have reduced us all too!

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  3. RosenblumtvComment by Rosenblumtv
    April 23, 2012 @ 1:51 pm

    Yeah. I hate all them innelektuals at Harvard and Yale. Let them come on down to Liberty University for a world class ederkatshun,

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    • Dingbat36Comment by Dingbat36
      April 23, 2012 @ 2:11 pm

      I would probably vote for Hillsdale College for a really good and conservative education. No student attending that institution graduates until they have passed the one mandatory course required of ALL students, the US Constitution.

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    • LAPhilComment by LAPhil
      April 23, 2012 @ 2:22 pm

      Nice sarcasm but it didn’t refute the overall point, did it? Harvard and Yale students may be high academic achievers but how do they compare when it comes to getting actual jobs outside the bubble of academia?

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    • drewscoComment by drewsco
      April 23, 2012 @ 2:45 pm

      LAPhil:

      Actually, there was nothing to refute. Its actually funny how some of you equate having a certain perspective of the role of government and being better familiar with GOP policy position as evidence of being smarter than Democrats.

      The irony is that the fact that some of you actually consider the rationale listed in this story as a logical basis for being smarter that Democrats is revealing of your shallow level of intellect.

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    • genesalComment by genesal
      April 23, 2012 @ 5:09 pm

      You don’t even know what questions were on the PHONE survey drewscom

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    • casrekoliComment by casrekoli
      April 23, 2012 @ 8:15 pm

      Well Drewsco, you may be right. But it does prove that Democrats are the clueless wonders when it comes to politics in this country. Democrats may be the career students and have book smarts but they don’t have a lick of common sense. All that ‘book smarts’ and they still don’t have a clue what the people they vote for stand for. Or they are SO gullible they will believe anything they are told.

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    • iamacmanComment by iamacman
      April 26, 2012 @ 8:33 pm

      dresco is technically correct, but the essence of the article still applies.

      The Pew survey demonstrates that Republicans are more politically aware and politically knowledgeable than are Democrats. IOW, Republicans know why they are Republicans, but Democrats don’t know why they’re Democrats, or even what being a Democrat stands for… That seems to point to a correlation with intellect, I would think.

      All dems know is why work if they can get their sustenance from the rich guy for free. If that means being a democrat, they’re all for it…

      From a practical and personal perspective, every Democrat with whom I have had the misfortune of conversing, has appeared to be severely logically and intellectually challenged.

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    • onewildmanComment by onewildman
      April 27, 2012 @ 10:32 am

      LAPhil, This has been said before. The fact is more Republicans graduate from High School and college. Most of those who do not become Democrats. As for political Knowledge, I know a lot of democrats I have to enplane things to in regards to politics. You will find that most on the government dole are under educated democrats. Not necessarily liberals but unwilling to bite the hand (Democrats) that feeds.
      Also FYI conservatives out number liberals 2:1.

      IMPEACH OBAMA NOW! ! ! !

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  4. Richard MoneyComment by Richard Money
    April 23, 2012 @ 2:07 pm

    And in other breaking news, the world is now known to be round and Santa Claus is actually a fictional character…

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    • SuncoastComment by Suncoast
      April 23, 2012 @ 2:12 pm

      WHAT??? Santa ain’t real??? I thought he lived in a great big white house at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave in D.C. In 2008, he promised to give me lots ‘o’ stuff.

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      April 23, 2012 @ 5:54 pm

      Yea, my Christian mother as long as she lived told me only two lies, one that there is a Santa Clause, and the other was that Democrats really don’t think they are him.

      Democrats on the other hand lie every time they move their mouth. Who needs a survey to figure out Dems are dumber than Republicans, they should survey whether or not they are dumber than rocks. which they obviously are.

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    • siquijorislandComment by siquijorisland
      April 24, 2012 @ 12:38 am

      don’t get upset Alice life for you in wonderland is always amazing+

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  5. Pat GilbreathComment by Pat Gilbreath
    April 23, 2012 @ 2:10 pm

    I believe they are living in a fantasy land (democrats). Reality teaches us if we are so narrow minded we cannot see the future for the present then we are blind. We cannot spend our way out of debt. Republicans know this and struggle to get the info out but the liberal media shouts louder. So wake up America our the downfall of our once great nation becomes a reality. Pat gilbreath

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  6. aboynamesueComment by aboynamesue
    April 23, 2012 @ 2:11 pm

    To Doris — you are correct when you say Republicans believe in helping yourselves, and that is the only one you help, is yourself and to hell with everyone else. Democrats try to help anyone in need. Guess we just have a heart and Republicans don’t. Thank you for clarifying though.

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    • Dingbat36Comment by Dingbat36
      April 23, 2012 @ 2:14 pm

      We do our helping the correct way, you idiot………..with charitable donations so we can be comfortable knowing that our money goes to truly needy people, not to professional welfare slurpers!

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    • genesalComment by genesal
      April 23, 2012 @ 2:17 pm

      Republicans help using their own money
      Democrats steal everyone’s money and then helps

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    • poorgrandchildren.comComment by poorgrandchildren.com
      April 23, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

      How much heart does it take to support today’s form of slavery? Forcing A to pay B’s bills forces A into slavery to B. On the other hand, freedom gives individuals motivation to reduce poverty by creating wealth, and family members, insurance companies, and voluntary charities provide safety nets without creating a slave class, a parasite class, a criminal political class, rampant poverty, and massive public debt.

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    • LAPhilComment by LAPhil
      April 23, 2012 @ 2:27 pm

      Your post is a classic example of the lazy-mindedness of Democrats/liberals. So many of you rely on generalizations instead of actual logical arguments, which is why you appear less intelligent whether you really are or not.

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    • FLChristyBComment by FLChristyB
      April 23, 2012 @ 2:27 pm

      Liberals show tremendous compassion in pushing for generous government spending to help the neediest people at home and abroad. Yet when it comes to individual contributions to charitable causes, liberals are cheapskates. They want to Government to ‘take care of people’, but God forbid THEY should have to help!

      Arthur Brooks, the author of a book on donors to charity, “Who Really Cares,” cites data that households headed by conservatives give 30 percent more to charity than households headed by liberals. A study by Google found an even greater disproportion: average annual contributions reported by conservatives were almost double those of liberals.

      Other research has reached similar conclusions. The “generosity index” from the Catalogue for Philanthropy typically finds that red states are the most likely to give to nonprofits, while Northeastern states are least likely to do so.

      So much for the ‘compassion’ of liberals….

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    • genesalComment by genesal
      April 23, 2012 @ 2:39 pm

      FLChristyB

      I have to partly disagree.
      Liberals showing compassion? Having the desire to, the means to and the wherewithal to kill 50,000,000 million innocent babies while letting 40,000 to 50,000 human beings to starve to death daily, isn’t showing or evidence of having compassion. They have control but no compassion. They say they believe in God but kill and let die, and disobey God’s Commandments, they say they are compassionate but treat animals better than human beings.

      It’s like trying to say a ‘Hit Man’ is a good person cause he was seen in church.

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    • dorisComment by doris
      April 23, 2012 @ 2:57 pm

      aboynamesue: You need to watch this:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTRvmMMf8_I.

      Republicans give more of THEIR money to charity. Dumbocrats – give more of other people’s money! SO generous of YOU to give away MY money – even money I don’t have!

      Sitting back and letting those 53 percent of us who pay taxes give to charity is NOT being charitable. I, for one, am tired of giving until it hurts so that people like you can have a free ride!

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    • siquijorislandComment by siquijorisland
      April 24, 2012 @ 12:44 am

      not even close, Alice it is the republicans who donate more to helping others. Go back to wonderland where the current administration does not want to limit charitable contributions .
      More help comes from rural America then the liberals bastions like San Francisco.

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    • dave4TexasComment by dave4Texas
      April 24, 2012 @ 2:02 am

      The folks who are getting free stuff, don’t like the folks who are paying for the free stuff, because the folks who are paying for the free stuff can no longer afford to pay for both the free stuff and their own stuff.

      The folks who are paying for the free stuff want the free stuff to stop, and the folks who are getting the free stuff want even more free stuff on top of the free stuff they are already getting!

      Now… The people who are forcing the people to pay for the free stuff have told the people who are RECEIVING the free stuff, that the people who are PAYING for the free stuff, are being mean, prejudiced, and racist.

      So… The people who are GETTING the free stuff have been convinced they need to hate the people who are paying for the free stuff by the people who are forcing some people to pay for their free stuff, and giving them the free stuff in the first place.

      We have let the free stuff giving go on for so long that there are now more people getting free stuff than paying for the free stuff.

      Now understand this. All great democracies have committed financial suicide somewhere between 200 and 250 years after being founded. The reason? The voters figured out they could vote themselves money from the treasury by electing people who promised to give them money from the treasury in exchange for electing them.

      Thomas Jefferson said it best: “The democracy (Republic) will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.”

      The United States officially became a Republic in 1776, 235 years ago. The number of people now getting free stuff outnumbers the people paying for the free stuff. We have one chance to change that On Nov 6th, 2012. Failure to change that spells the end of the United States as we know it.

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    • jalexanderComment by jalexander
      April 25, 2012 @ 12:20 pm

      I believe there is a saying; God helps those who help themselves. I don’t think he meant help themselves to other people’s money!

      Oh yeah, don’t get me started on the so called “stimulas”.

      Millions of tax payers dollars going to studing the “drinking habits” of hookers in Asia, on second thought, this could have been a “recon” mission for Obama’s Presidential Detail.

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    • iamacmanComment by iamacman
      April 26, 2012 @ 8:47 pm

      a boy named sue

      nuff said…

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  7. genesalComment by genesal
    April 23, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

    Sue,
    Republicans believe in God
    Democrats believe in Man – Big Difference!

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      April 23, 2012 @ 5:59 pm

      That is the main reason they always prove to be dumber.

      I just wich Obama was deaf and dumb so he would shut his trap and we would not have to hear the chauk on the board every time he opens his pie hole to reveal more dumbness.

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  8. poorgrandchildren.comComment by poorgrandchildren.com
    April 23, 2012 @ 2:17 pm

    Libertarians would have blown both the left and right wings of Control Freaks Unanimous out of the water on this survey. We know that neither of those groups actually keep spending down to what is legal (Constitutional). They both believe we have a democracy instead of the republic our founders mandated. Therefore, they both think they need to become the most organized mob so they can make everyone march in lockstep with them. How smart is that?

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  9. Tahoe BruceComment by Tahoe Bruce
    April 23, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

    I wouldn’t say that we are particularly smarter than Dems.
    The thing is, they are mostly uninformed individuals, and it goes with the territory. You become a Liberal because you get ginned up with feelings connected the notion of direct action. Point A and Point B. That is government by liberals. It is a mental short-circuit for them, you don’t need to know about the real political scene, or who the other side really is, or authentic, tedious information on an issue. That what these survey questions show up.

    If you’re a liberal you’ve got Point A and Point B, and that’s just how you like it, it’s all you need to fill your plate. Feelings -> direct action. They think of us is the dumb yokels, because we can’t see this very simply picture they have on their plate. Why don’t we get it? Don’t we know that all people need health coverage? That’s literally the whole of the political discussion for a liberal. The work for their “Harvard and Yale” grads is in implementing their simple conclusions dictatorially, utilizing coercive power of the federal govt.

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  10. dakibComment by dakib
    April 23, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

    Why should this surprise anyone? If the Dems had any knowledge we wouldn’t have our current loser for President and we wouldn’t have anything approaching the current deficit.

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  11. aboynamesueComment by aboynamesue
    April 23, 2012 @ 2:24 pm

    Sue, once again your wrong… I’m Democrat and I believe in GOD, but I also believe in mankind.

    And to Dingbat, the only reason you donate to a charity is so you can claim it on your taxes. Once again, it’s about you. We donate to people in need and don’t ask for anything in return. It doesn’t make a republican smarter or a democrat dumb, it’s just the way some people are. Thanks, I’m done with this site.

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    • genesalComment by genesal
      April 23, 2012 @ 2:29 pm

      Yes, but with us God comes first, always! Thanks for Trolling in and visiting us and God Bless!

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    • LAPhilComment by LAPhil
      April 23, 2012 @ 2:34 pm

      Bye, and thanks for playing!

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    • SuncoastComment by Suncoast
      April 23, 2012 @ 2:39 pm

      Good bye Sioux named Boy. Sorry to see you go. I thought we might be able to teach you something called the TRUTH instead of that blather read from a teleprompter.

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    • LenaComment by Mona
      April 23, 2012 @ 2:49 pm

      Democrats never donate their own money. All of their so called ‘charity’ uses other people’s money to keep the poor in modern day slavery just depending on those food stamps.

      You da man, Sue. You got your big boot on the poor man’s neck to prove it.

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    • dorisComment by doris
      April 23, 2012 @ 3:04 pm

      I am SO glad you are done with this website. We are tired of reading your Progressive ****. But, since I am commenting, anyway, the fact that you can deduct charitable contributions from your taxes does not negate the fact that you give! You don’t get back on your deduction anything close to what you give. My guess is that you don’t give to charity and you don’t pay taxes. You are probably on the dole! And, selling your food stamps to buy drugs!

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    • thedoveComment by thedove
      April 23, 2012 @ 4:35 pm

      “the only reason you donate to a charity is so you can claim it on your taxes.”

      1) You know this how?
      2) One must actually pay taxes in order to claim anything; perhaps more liberals should try it.

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    • siquijorislandComment by siquijorisland
      April 24, 2012 @ 12:52 am

      great facts got you down hide somewhere else

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    • iamacmanComment by iamacman
      April 26, 2012 @ 8:51 pm

      Good riddance to bad rubbish…

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  12. genesalComment by genesal
    April 23, 2012 @ 2:28 pm

    Those who can, do
    Those who can’t, teach
    Those who can’t do either, become Democrats

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  13. donComment by don
    April 23, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

    If you were to look even closer, you would see that those of us that don,t back either party are even smarter. We knew from the get go that either party do not know truth from those teeth showing lies both parties try to ram down our gullets. NEITHER PARTY WILL DO THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE. So lie a little more to us.

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    • LenaComment by Mona
      April 23, 2012 @ 2:52 pm

      You’re not smarter. You’re lazier.

      You do no work to shape either party in the direction you want it to go. You sit on the fence whining and complaining while others do all the work.

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  14. FLChristyBComment by FLChristyB
    April 23, 2012 @ 2:32 pm

    Sorry aboynamesue, but you live in backwards land…I posted this above, but will do so again for your edification:
    Liberals show tremendous compassion in pushing for generous GOVERNMENT SPENDING to help the neediest people at home and abroad. Yet when it comes to individual contributions to charitable causes, liberals are cheapskates.

    Arthur Brooks, the author of a book on donors to charity, “Who Really Cares,” cites data that households headed by conservatives give 30 percent more to charity than households headed by liberals. A study by Google found an even greater disproportion: average annual contributions reported by conservatives were almost double those of liberals.

    Other research has reached similar conclusions. The “generosity index” from the Catalogue for Philanthropy typically finds that red states are the most likely to give to nonprofits, while Northeastern states are least likely to do so.

    So your ‘theory’ that liberals give more to charity has no proof to back it up, as a matter of fact ALL data relating to charitable giving will show you the same thing, Liberals are great when it comes to Government taking from Americans to give, but Conservatives do so because they are compassionate.

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  15. jb80538Comment by jb80538
    April 23, 2012 @ 2:37 pm

    Nobody really knows what Pelosi is.

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    • KMcCComment by KMcC
      April 23, 2012 @ 4:39 pm

      Some know she is just a plain misguided old person. She was taught to believe in all people should be equal except for the real intellegent leaders. Those leaders should always have good housing, great food, and private air transportation, and perhaps armeded guards surrounding their chauffered armored cars so the masses cannot see them.

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  16. whophantomComment by whophantom
    April 23, 2012 @ 3:01 pm

    It takes two to Tango. That’s why this country is in the mess it’s in.No one knows how to Tango. It’s like being married to a spouse who doesn’t listen.Gov’t doesn’t listen and the citizens don’t know how to dance. Most are holding up the wall watching while the dancers are having a great time. U don’t need to be smart, u just have to have rhythm. I’ll support any party/individual that loves to dance to any kind of music even clean rap. The people of the world love music and love to dance. Why can’t we all just learn to dance?

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    • KMcCComment by KMcC
      April 23, 2012 @ 4:41 pm

      Dancing, accomplished nothing. It is an art form and we need economic REFORM not art.

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  17. rosechComment by rosech
    April 23, 2012 @ 3:02 pm

    Coming from a very Democrat family, I can vouch for the lack of true concern and charity from the Demos. They take, and take, and take, and never give back without a control! Glad my parents changed to Repubs after 40+ yrs. as Demos. I am an Independent because I, too, feel most of both parties are leeches, power hungry, and rich because of our lack of concern over the years. Now, we have to pay the price AND so do they!

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    • dorisComment by doris
      April 23, 2012 @ 3:17 pm

      I considered myself a Libertarian (though I registered Independent) until 2010. When I saw what DumBO was doing to this country, I was forced to vote a straight Republican ticket for the first time in my life!

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  18. westytxComment by westytx
    April 23, 2012 @ 3:17 pm

    So “smart” Repubs gave us 2 bad wars, $10 Trillion debt, let Bin Laden sucker punch us, and repealed the anti-depression banking laws that gave us 2BIG2FAIL and the largest SOCIALIST act ever passed on Americans???

    The Bush TARP Act REDISTRIBUTED the wealth from main street taxpayers to the greedy, incompetent rich Wall STreet CEO’s. Hard socialist act to follow there.

    Please, if there are any “dumb” Repubs let, put THEM on the ballots. The “smart” ones nearly ruined this country.

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    • dorisComment by doris
      April 23, 2012 @ 3:23 pm

      The Republicans aren’t perfect – but they aren’t purposefully trying to destroy the country. It is DUMBO who has put this country so deeply into debt. Federal spending went up nearly 30 percent and the national debt increased by almost 50 percent. And, he wants to RAISE the debt ceiling! That is not even logical. Bush wasn’t the best President we ever had and I think his ineptitude helped get DumBO elected. But, DumBO is out of control – Anybody But Obama in 2012!

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    • KMcCComment by KMcC
      April 23, 2012 @ 4:54 pm

      If a Democrat President had killed Bin Lauden when he had the oppertunity none of those wars would have occured. If congress would have followed any the 17 begging Pleas from Pres. Bushe to end the Barney Frank Stupid free housing (houses they could not afford) for those who did not even have jobs.
      Oh, and the TARP money was repaid with interest by all the private financial institutions ( Government Motors, Fanny and Freddy did not [Baney and BHO'bama's lobbyist recipients]). So your slander of Bush for TARP is wholly bull ….

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    • genesalComment by genesal
      April 23, 2012 @ 5:19 pm

      Don’t forget the Dems who got us into WWII, Korea, Viet Nam, Gulf War II, Kosovo, and now Afghanistan they’re all Dem wars and if you say Afghanistan is not a Dem’s war (NOBama’s war) then why are we still there?

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  19. harleridrComment by harleridr
    April 23, 2012 @ 3:26 pm

    As a lifelong Republican, I am seventy three,I don’t believe we are any smarter than the Democratics or we would have fielded a much stronger candidate for the last Presidentual election, quite simular to the coming one. The only thing that will save us is for the party to get lazy voters off their butts and get out and vote.IMHO the GOP is no longer. Now it is all about the money. There are no young people in line wanting to join the party. the GOP has forgotten about grass roots. Come on guys, how can you be so stupid

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    • dorisComment by doris
      April 23, 2012 @ 3:38 pm

      I can’t disagree with most of what you say. The Dumbocrats have done a better job of fooling Americans than the Republicans have done of educating them. I, too wonder why we can’t get a better group of candidates – my state had two absolutely terrible candidates for governor in its last election and I voted for the Independent. The Republicans definitely need to get their act together. I have voted for Democrats and Republicans in my lifetime. I don’t think, however, that the current crop of Dumbocrats are your father’s Democrats. I have NEVER before felt that any politician wanted to destroy the country. Not even Carter or Clinton. Both wanted to live here and draw their pensions, write books, get paid for public speaking, and have their Secret Service guards once they were out of office. The way this usurper acts, it seems to me that he has been promised some great reward by someone, somewhere, if he destroys America! The problem with that is that the people who make those kinds of promises have no more integrity than he does. Instead of reaping the great rewards he may have been promised, he could end up in chains. Once their mission is accomplished, I guarantee that no one will have any use for DumBO!

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  20. fern1939@yahoo.comComment by winterfr
    April 23, 2012 @ 3:47 pm

    Ok, I took the survey by the way, and I made 81%. I’m an Independent. But what I don’t understand is, how you could decide that the Republicans were smarter than the Democrats, since no one asked the question in the survey…whether we were Republican or Democrat.

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    • dorisComment by doris
      April 23, 2012 @ 3:53 pm

      The survey has already been given and tabulated. I think we were just offered to take the survey for fun.

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    • genesalComment by genesal
      April 23, 2012 @ 5:22 pm

      If you read the small print you’d know that you didn’t take the PHONE survey, just a small sample of it minus all the info you’re wondering about.

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    • LenaComment by Mona
      April 23, 2012 @ 5:35 pm

      The short quiz includes many of the questions that were included in a national poll.

      Obviously, the real survey contained questions that are not online. The questions are very basic and it’s shameful that only 8% of Americans got all of them right.

      Btw winterfr, some of your previous posts on this website have sounded very liberal to me.

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    • iamacmanComment by iamacman
      April 26, 2012 @ 8:58 pm

      The fact that he lies about it PROVES he’s a lib, Mono.

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  21. wdjincComment by wdjinc
    April 23, 2012 @ 3:56 pm

    Doesn’t mention number of people involved, but it stands to reason that most all of the poor and illiterate in this country are Democrats. They may be less smart than Republicans , but are expert in knowing how to vote early and often.

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  22. thedoveComment by thedove
    April 23, 2012 @ 4:38 pm

    It occurs to me that anyone, no matter which (or any) party affiliation who cannot ace this “test” should not be allowed to vote.

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    • dorisComment by doris
      April 23, 2012 @ 5:23 pm

      I agree, but the Supreme Court decided that literacy tests were “racist”. Another pass for the uneducated – I don’t say stupid because if they weren’t too LAZY a whole bunch of people who haven’t done it, could educate themselves. You don’t even have to be able to READ to vote. And, you don’t even have to bother to have an ID (though one is required to fly, have a drink, or cash a check) – or to remember to take it to your polling place. That is placing too great a burden on DumBO’s supporters! And, if he places minimal (like, are you breathing? – and I think some dead people have voted in the past) requirements, they will vote for the DumBO-in-Chief!

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  23. kathyComment by kathy
    April 23, 2012 @ 5:15 pm

    This kind of headline is one reason I am pulling more and more away from both of the largest political parties. Despite a basic agreement with principles such as reduced government intervention (which is not *COMPLETELY* the same as “size”, but they are related) and recognition of the contributions made by honest businesses, it seems as if the Republican hierarchy and pundits are doing all in their power to disenchant moderate Republicans. Have the Republican commentators not grown past kindergarten taunts?

    “I’m smarter than you, so there!”

    “Are not!”

    “Am too!”

    My kids outgrew such silly conversations by the age of 12. And this writer is *how* old? Clearly this is a case of “age is a state of mind” and/or “You’re only young once, but you can be immature forever.”

    To say that responders who claimed to be Republican were more aware of stated principles of their party than those who claimed to be Democratic could be a fair and useful statement. I haven’t looked at the specific questions, so I can’t comment on whether their phrasing might have caused results to be skewed. I’ll assume that the wording was neutral.

    To say that one’s supporters are aware of the party policies and planks is still a proud thing — it means that the message is reaching the party faithful. It’s even fair to say that Republican supporters are more aware than are Democratic supporters. Why ruin that very positive and responsible adult message by sounding like a bratty little kid? Or do you have such a low opinion of the party supporters that you think they enjoy being treated like bratty little kids?

    The author and editors should be ashamed of their presentation. Grow up, please.

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    • LenaComment by Mona
      April 23, 2012 @ 5:24 pm

      You sound like a Democrat to me.

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    • genesalComment by genesal
      April 23, 2012 @ 5:33 pm

      You should have read the results a little more closely and you wouldn’t have had to go out and rant. But thanks anyway!

      The quiz was made up of 13 questions excerpted from the larger Knowledge Survey. Your responses do not affect the survey results

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  24. JDZComment by JDZ
    April 23, 2012 @ 6:58 pm

    I think the issue is broader then Democrat vs Republicans as smart versus “less smart” can apply to any individual depending on the subject matter, education, etc. and the way the “test” is administered. What would be more interesting would be a clear way to first test an individual as to whether he/she is a liberal or conservative and then correlate that to which political party they support, and then, if desired, some form of test to see just how informed they are on current events and our national problems.

    My guess is that many Americans who claim to be liberal may actually be conservative and vice versa. For example, my guess is that most Hispanics are conservative in many ways but are registered Democrats. How do they reconcile that?

    I have liberal friends who think they are conservative but will vote for Obama regardless of his obvious socialist agenda. My guess is that they are conservative with regard to their financial wherewithal and risk taking but liberal in their social views. in other words there may not be as clear a demarcation as we think between conservatives and liberals in many areas.

    The healthy thing for all of us to do is to rise above our political party and elect the PERSON who is best qualified to turn around the mess this country has gotten itself into which is getting worse by the day.

    Focus on problems versus solutions.

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    • poorgrandchildren.comComment by poorgrandchildren.com
      April 23, 2012 @ 8:00 pm

      Some of the smartest people in the country are Jews, but they vote Democrat. Figure that.

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  25. Tonto (USA)Comment by Tonto (USA)
    April 23, 2012 @ 7:19 pm

    Quite often, I’ve had occassion to tell democrats that they were dumber than a hammer in my toolbox. Often that remark is met with a dumb stare….just like my hammer.

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  26. dorisComment by doris
    April 23, 2012 @ 7:23 pm

    Response to JDZ:

    I used to say I voted for the Person and not the Party, but I don’t think you can do that these days. A campaign is very expensive and if you want the financial support of your Party, you have to tow the Party line – like it or not. So, these days when you vote for a person, you vote for the Party.

    And, I don’t think many people realize that the Socialists/Communists/Totalitarians have taken over the Democrat party. It is not Kennedy’s Democratic party. I am not sure when the change became so complete, but Obama was a Socialist Party member before he was groomed to run as a Democrat. I don’t think he could ever have been elected POTUS on a Socialist ticket in this country. Now, I think his views are closer to Totalitarianism.

    Unfortunately, I think too many people are busy with their own lives and haven’t realized how fully the takeover of this country has been by those who would destroy Capitalism, our Constitution, and our way of life. It is exactly the phenomenon described by Azar Nafisi in her book, “Reading Lolita in Iran.” She was living her life, absorbed in her new responsibilities teaching in the University of Iran, and before she knew it, the Ayatollah had taken over. She could no longer go to coffee with male colleagues; she could no longer let a piece of her hair or her ankle show in public without being beaten. I am glad I am older – I very much fear the same thing is happening in America.

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    • JDZComment by JDZ
      April 23, 2012 @ 11:42 pm

      Unfortunately I think you are right, and as typically can happen, the worst has to happen before enough people wake up and work together to fix it. Our federal government is in denial of what is happening and basically are fat, dumb, and happy in many ways and are all hoping they can ride it out. The lack of American leadership in our government is obvious starting at the top with Obama and going through to Congress. They all have to see where this socialist/communist agenda is going, and they are just letting their egos or party affiliation get in the way of what is best for the country at large.

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  27. bobnipComment by bobnip
    April 23, 2012 @ 7:27 pm

    Perhaps Republicans are smarter than Democrats, but sometimes I wonder! The Liberals have brilliantly used “Political Correctness” as a tool against Republican Ideology. The only Republican I remember in the last thirty years to effectively counter Liberals was Ronald Reagan. He ignored them, laughed them off and made them look ridiculous! They and the swine liberal newscasters did their best to make Reagan look ignorant, uninformed, and senile. On the contrary, he helped spell the end of the evil Soviet Empire, and restored this nation from the damage inflicted by Jimmy “the peanut brained” Carter. The Liberals are back…giving away those advancements Reagan accomplished. And, if it weren’t for a few knowledgeable Republicans in Congress saying “No” to the ludicracy….this nation already would have collapsed.

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    • poorgrandchildren.comComment by poorgrandchildren.com
      April 23, 2012 @ 7:43 pm

      I wonder all the time. Words have consequences, and Marxists are exceptional at using words to spin evil into something that sounds good. They call Marxists “liberal or progressive”. They call slavery “social justice”. They call socialist (government owned) schools “public”. They call our republic a “democracy”. They call the American dream “income inequality”. The list is endless, and they are very good at it.

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    • ajt33Comment by ajt33
      October 12, 2012 @ 11:35 am

      uhhh…dove…you are a great example of a recent post that says the democrats throw their moral and values out the window and win by any means. I guess you arent so smart after all. Its pretty selfish, you win and you dont care how, you just won. Its lazy and pathetic. Take credit for what you dont deserve. Thats not being smart or dumb…its stupid and dangerous (like that episode of The Simpsons when Ralphie was elected president). Dems get what they want because they whine so damn much about it and all the lazy come together to vote only when it benifited themselves. That showed when Obama campained the first election. The voter resgistration and turn-out was a dramatic increase. The lazy dems got off their ***** for one day to go vote to make sure they didnt have to move again for four yrs. If Obama wasnt so socialist, do you think the voter turn-out would have been so large? A pervious post was wondering when our democrats became socialist…it was when Obama started campaigning and perpetuating his propaganda. When he targeted the weak and vaulnerable, creating a very emotional response…it created hope for those who had nothing. Thats what happens when the bad guy takes over.

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  28. wolfComment by wolf
    April 23, 2012 @ 10:24 pm

    Seriously, aboynamesue????
    Yes, Conservatives believe in helping themselves by working and earning their keep. It does NOT mean we don’t care about helping others. It is a documented FACT that Republicans and Conservatives give more of their money to charitable organizations and churches which also distribute food, clothing, and other assistance, then their Democratic counterparts.
    Additionally…when a Democrat says they “care more for helping others less fortunate”, they don’t do so with their wallets…they just like to talk about caring and giving to the poor with OTHER people’s money. That sure as heck isn’t making any kind of sacrifice at all on your part. It just makes you SOUND good.

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  29. dave4TexasComment by dave4Texas
    April 24, 2012 @ 1:53 am

    There are smart Republicans and smart Democrats, there are dumb Republicans and dumb Democrats. The main difference is that Republicans for the most part have common sense and logic, whereas Democrats are cunning, cut-throat, devious and prey on the emotional drama however false it mey be. Most, not all, Republicans still hold on to their ethics amd morals, whereas Demos are experts on demonizing their opponents and creating smoke screens for distractions. They are also experts on voter fraud and rigging elections – “anything to win” is their motto. When they start to lose an argument they ALWAYS have the race card to play and the emotional ranting of media of so called “reverends” who spew out hate and violense to shut up the conservatives. However, the conservatives are tired of political correctness, because THEIR beliefs are being insulted and they are offended by the attacks against them.

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  30. dave4TexasComment by dave4Texas
    April 24, 2012 @ 1:54 am

    There is proof in the Bible on this matter:
    Ecclesiastes 10: 2-3, 12-14
    2 The heart of the wise inclines to the right,
    but the heart of the fool to the left.
    3 Even as fools walk along the road,
    they lack sense and show everyone how stupid they are.
    12 Words from the mouth of the wise are gracious,
    but fools are consumed by their own lips.
    13 At the beginning their words are folly;
    at the end they are wicked madness—
    14 and fools multiply words.
    (Pretty much sums up U.S. politics, don’t it?)

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  32. emilymComment by emilym
    April 24, 2012 @ 7:38 am

    Actually the Dems might not be as dumb as portrayed re. size of govt. The Reps CLAIM to support smaller govt, but consider how much it grew in Bush’s time. Certainly, BO has grown it more, but if the Reps DID what they SAY they believe, BO would’ve had a much smaller starting point, and likely wouldn’t have got away with as much as he has.

    How about this? “The Democrats are dumb and liars, the Republicans are only liars”

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  33. ChewyBeesComment by ChewyBees
    April 24, 2012 @ 8:40 am

    In a related story, those afflicted with downs syndrome are smarter than gold flake paint sniffers.

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  34. RATComment by RAT
    April 24, 2012 @ 9:18 am

    Well, this is a no brainer. The only thing the Democrats have over the Republicans is…numbers of government dependents… and, I have no idea how to overcome that handicap.

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  35. thedoveComment by thedove
    April 24, 2012 @ 9:41 am

    Okay, some Republicans and independents posting here have established (at least to their own satisfaction) that Democrats are not as smart as Republicans–or conservatives in general. The same people complain regularly that the Democrats always get what they want. Am I the only one who sees the contradiction/irony, here? In my world, getting what one wants isn’t called “stupid,” (or, as used here, “dumb”), it’s called “winning.”

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  36. jalexanderComment by jalexander
    April 24, 2012 @ 11:51 am

    Of course Republicans are SMARTER than Democrats, they dominate the “Right” side of their brain…….

    You know, the side that produces “cognitive thinking”…..

    AKA – THINKING SKILLS!

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  37. fiscalconservativeComment by fiscalconservative
    April 25, 2012 @ 11:25 am

    Perhaps republicans do generally have more political knowledge. However there are studies relating conservatism to low IQ.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/27/intelligence-study-links-prejudice_n_1237796.html

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    • casrekoliComment by casrekoli
      April 25, 2012 @ 12:21 pm

      The HuffPo? Really? All I really needed to see there is ‘conservatives are racist’ and the rest was blah, blah, blah. It’s well known by anyone with at least a brain cell left that liberals are the racists. They will do ANYTHING to keep minorities under their thumb.
      If you would prefer it worded ‘nicer’ try this:

      http://dailycaller.com/2012/04/22/science-say-gop-voters-better-informed-open-minded/

      Just so you know, this study was done by the Pew Research Center, very left leaning…..

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  38. Mark Jakarvis DardyComment by Mark Jakarvis Dardy
    September 5, 2012 @ 12:15 am

    Ok Republicans when you stop telling lies about us, we’ll stop telling the the truth about you. You think you’re smarter because of a dumb survey which interviewed his many people? I’m a Democrat and one of the smartest people in my class.

    You Republicans don’t care about anyone but yourself and your rich “oil friends”. You think we’re stupid because we believe in helping others and a bigger government. As far as not being knowledgeable about why we’re Democrats is stupid of you. Majority of you old Republicans are receiving the social security that us “dumb” Democrats
    created. One thing I learned about Republicans are you’re BIG liars. You’ll say and do anything to get elected. If anybody is stupid it’s your dumb Sarah Palin, what a disgrace to
    the USA.

    Feel free to comment, I’m going to show you how smart us Democrats are!

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  39. onewildmanComment by onewildman
    September 5, 2012 @ 9:37 am

    Mark Jakarvis Dardy, I am sorry to hear your class is so under educated. Just read your second sentence. “You think you’re smarter because of a dumb survey which interviewed his many people?”, and that you are one of the smartest.

    Your are delusional. republicans give their money to charities of their choice. Democrats give far less to charities than Republicans. See it here: http://urbanmilwaukee.com/2012/09/04/murphy%E2%80%99s-law-are-republicans-more-generous/

    There are more millionaire democrats than Republicans. Obama the liar and chief has only made his cronies richer at the tax payers expense. As for lying you need to look in the mirror. Democrats are the ones telling the big whoopers. Here is a small list of lies told by Obama: http://obamalies.net/list-of-lies

    IMPEACH OBAMA NOW! ! ! ! !

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  40. rblendermannComment by rblendermann
    September 20, 2012 @ 12:42 pm

    This survey is a good first step for public viewing. Like the IQ test, it gives a basic first pass at the various individuals compiled results to a group of control questions as compared to all others who participated. I am sure there are studies which are much more in depth on this subject and delve more into the psychological profiles of Americans as a whole and ones with varying degrees of an individuals tendency to vote for one candidate or the other. Every campaign strategist has access to a wealth of information on this subject. Personally, I believe the more informed one becomes, correctly and truthfully informed, the more conservative one becomes. And becoming informed, in this day and age, requires a certain degree of intelligence to have the ability to search out and compare, in a honest and rational way, the truth hidden in the few documents and interviews among the multitude of BS that is dumped upon us daily.

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  41. ajt33Comment by ajt33
    October 12, 2012 @ 10:22 am

    That’s amusing, Obama is Santa. It must be how he stays in office, you can’t fire Santa. Drews…the writer simply cited examples from the survey to support the findings. He is not using those specific examples to conclude that we are smarter. I dont see you using any examples of how you disagree. That’s the problem and you are clearly support the findings. You tell us we are wrong and critisize the finding, accousing us of being stuck-up yet you have nothing to back yourself up. It’s a 4 year-old mentality. I would like to see a study that shows republicans are more mature as well as intelligent. Drews, you are pretty much having a temper tantrum and noone is going to take you seriously until you stop telling people they are wrong and start talking about how you are right. You need to back up your beliefs with concrete, sound examples. This survey is based on fact. The FACT that, as this particular study shows, Rebublicans answered much better than the Democrats. We are more intelligent to think things through rather than jump on the Robin Hood bandwagon. When you think things through and come up with your own ideas and beliefs, your thoughts are genuine and not just the same old **** we have heard a million times. At first thought, of course, the Robin Hood beliefs are ideal, free healthcare…HELL YEA. Who would turn that down, right? Well, that is where Democrats screw themselves up. If you keep thinking past that thought and really thing about what free health care would do to this country, you might change your mind. Our current system is not perfect, nothing is, but it is the best. And maybe its not fair to take from the successful (I refuse to use the term “rich”, it creates a bias) to give to those who arent successful. People who are successful are for a reason. If Democrats were a little more intelligent (that doesnt mean they arent smart, they just dont know what to do with what they know. They want to be told what to believe, and what to do as long as they are taken care of) they might be more successful and less willing to hand their money over to the “lazy”. Do some reseach to support your side and then express your opinion. You might just find out that what you truely believe in doesnt reflect the democratic view. I was once a democrat, until I took Government in college. The more I learned, the more I leaned to the right.

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  42. ajt33Comment by ajt33
    October 12, 2012 @ 10:43 am

    Any socialist idea devalues human life, education, hard work and integrity. If everyone is the same and everyone earns the same no matter what you do or what you know, its strippes us our motivation! Why the hell would a person bust their hump in med school just to rack up loans they cant pay off because they make the same as a food food worker. Democrats want to stip us of our guns, hand out Plan B to middle school students, put our country into debt with a socialist health care system that WILL be abused. We have a constitution the gaurentees us to be HAPPY! Our country is perfect…was perfect. Democrats and Rublicans use to share the same beliefs and disagrred on how to handle it, a long long time ago. We all wanted Big Brother to know his place. The government is their to keep us safe! Not control us. If you dont like what the constitution promises, go to Canada. You cant change what this country was built upon and thankfully, the Constitution protects us from the liberals.

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  43. ajt33Comment by ajt33
    October 12, 2012 @ 11:41 am

    For the record, I am a 33 year old college student/single mother. I do come from a upper middle class family albeit Im broke. I know that I have to work hard in school and earn myself to keep up my family social status. That means I was taught hard work, good morals and strong values. I protect my family name (repecting my parents) and know that how I turn out is a reflection of them. Some may critisize that but who the hell wouldnt want to rise above and beyond what is expected of you, why wouldnt someone want to rise to their full potential???? I can only hope my hard work pays off in the future. I could be busting my *** to support some random family that isnt mine…

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  44. progressiveveteranComment by progressiveveteran
    December 6, 2013 @ 2:17 am

    “The largest gaps are in awareness of which party is more supportive of reducing the size and scope of the federal government …”

    To any knowledgeable person the problem here is that educated people will look beyond the talking point and actually consider which party has in the past ever had an effect on the size and scope of the federal government. And any educated person would know that that is NOT the Republican party. This purported survey is pure trip. They don’t say anything at all about the surveys methodology and how or even if they controlled for other factors besides party affiliation. I think it would be virtually impossible to control for socio-economic and educational factors which would obviously heavily influence the answers to questions. This survey and the article more so is pure horsesh#t.

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  45. progressiveveteranComment by progressiveveteran
    December 6, 2013 @ 2:23 am

    “Obama has added more to the debt than all presidents combined. Come on!” OMG what moron could possibly believe this tripe?! The debt under Obama’s administration is a DIRECT relation to the economic recession that started in Dec of 2007. Yes astute readers will instantly recognize that this was under the previous Republican administration’s watch. Dear GOPUSA readers, please find a private room to engage in your mental masturbation while gazing lustily at this article. Thank you…an informed reader.

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