Republicans More Educated & Informed, Higher Political IQ, per Liberal Pew Poll

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Republicans Smarter Than Democrats Everytime
– Pew Research

This had to be a tough one for lefty Pew Research, but they keep doing it anyway – quizzing Democrats and Republicans on political knowledge since 1987, and Republicans keep coming out on top in spite of Lefty Elitist professors. The Center for Individual Freedom (CFIF) points to Pew’s attempt to soften “previous blowouts [Republicans smarter] to a complete shutout in the latest edition [Republicans smarter on every question].

Republicans Smarter Than Democrats Everytime – Pew Research

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.

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%)…

On his current tour, Obama also inaccurately maligned former President Rutherford B. Hayes as disdainful of the telephone.  As Mona Charen also noted this week, Obama also “told us that America invented the automobile and that John F. Kennedy had met with Nikita Kruschev when we were on the brink of nuclear war,” when in fact the automobile was invented in Germany and Kennedy actually met Kruschev one year prior to the Cuban Missile Crisis.

This is the same President who referred to “57 states,” misstated the Citizens United decision in an address to the nation, pronounced Navy “corpsman” as “corpse-man” and blatantly misrepresented that Japanese automobiles now average 45 miles per gallon to our 27.5 standard. Source: CFIF, posted March 2012

Particularly we credit those Progressive educators at all levels of education for the lack of learning in Democrats – purposefully dumbing them down, purposefully distorting history, purposefully promoting a lifestyle of poverty and victimhood – and cheering on those who would put a crucifix with Christ on the Cross in a jar of urine, and screaming when we want to defund the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

How many Republicans are yelling “ObamaPhoneKeep Obama in President, you know ”Everybody in Cleveland minority got ObamaPhone.” Then there’s Joe Biden.

A previous Pew study referred to here quoting Yahoo Daily News measured “partisan differences on 48 areas that it has tracked since 1987….” The video below is a part of that story, with the transcript, and shows that Democrats can’t come out on top on politics, even when the survey is weighted toward Democrats, 339 Democrats and 239 Republicans.

A new survey shows that Republicans and supporters know a lot more about politics and political history than Democrats. On 8 of 13 questions about politics, Republicans outscored Democrats by a whopping average of 18 percentage points according to a new Pew Survey on partisan differences in knowledge.

Pew Survey confirms to a wave of surveys and studies, the GOP are better informed, more intellectually consistent, more open-minded, more empathetic and more receptive to criticism than their fellow Americans. The lesser intelligent, close-minded people who support the Democratic party, Republicans fare substantially better than Democrats on several questions on the survey as is typically the case on surveys about political knowledge, said the study. The widest partisan gap in the survey came in at an unbelievable 30 points when only a paltry 46% of Democrats compared to 76% of Republicans correctly described the GOP as the party generally more supportive of reducing the size of government. The survey quizzed 1,000 people, including 239 Republicans and 334 Democrats.

Those involved in the Tea Party movement, more educated. No surprise to us but devastating to Chris Matthews and red-head Ed Schultz on the radio.

Thanks to NiceDeb who attended a StandUp for Religious Freedom rally this weekend and has photos from several cities.


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  1. How much someone knows about politics is not how IQ is measured. IQ is based on the persons ability to make decisions when faced with the facts. This is where republicans continue to fail. They think that if they learn more about how the goverment works and the names and positions of the politicians that it makes thier beliefs true. I don’t have to know a lot about politics to know that Romney could never do the things that he claims he can do. He does not have the facts.

    • Keep displaying your disregard of the facts you disagree with. It proves the point. Republicans are more educated, knowledgeable AND better at problem solving, in spite of the slanderous drum beat furthered by the media and apparently…you.

    • It might not accurately test for IQ as a whole, but it did test for knowledge regarding information that would be vital for their particular job- that being politician- so yes this sort of test would in fact have some merit…

    • Both American history and current events are valuable subjects EXCEPT when you’re trying to judge how smart someone is???? That makes NO sense to me. So according to libs we need to quiz them on WHAT topic exactly??? Hollywood and the View??? GEEZ talk about useless imbecile libs.

      • This is a beautiful display of hardcore numbers, and hardcore facts. You must also take notice that Pew stacked this survey in the hopes of just outnumbering the right, to take the win. They had 100 more dems in all of the surveys.

        “Republicans More Educated & Informed, Higher Political IQ, per Liberal Pew Poll”
        ok so notice, it doesnt say “measures IQ” it specifically says “Higher Political IQ”. Pretty cut and dry.

        For a liberal left wing research to stack the odds to the left, and STILL couldnt come to even a a tie. They got absolutely and completely crushed. This is something that Chris Matthews would not only lose his shirt for, but his news parent would lose even more viewers to fox…or any of those that have any desire to be intelligent.

        This study covered 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.

        …so the areas were multi faceted, and all encompassing. This only validates further, not only do republicans completely shut out dems, but the Tea Party topped them. SO anyone thats a real and true Tea Partier is always smarter than a democrat, but even to the point of being outnumbered by Dems.

        The SAME people that are dems, are 911 Conspiracy theorists. theres absolutely ZERO republicans and tea party supporters who’d believe anything that outlandish. National Geographics “911 science and conspiracy” proved this as well. with dems, you discredit one thing, they make up another, you discredit that its another..its like whack a mole.

  2. Give me a break. Tell me how in anyway the democrat crowd is high IQ. They don’t seem to want to add their average dumbdown into their score. Basically what Pew says is that the democrats are a few elite college professors dragging around the disenfranchised “FRINGE” voters and paying for them with our tax dollars. Also, being “educated” is NOT the same thing as SMART. Look at all the politicians with YALE and HARVARD degrees as example. Most just PAY for the degree (anyone can BUY one) and then wear it around pinned on their chest like FLAIR. Lastly, 3% of Tea Party members dropped out of high school and 12% of democrats did that says it all.

  3. This is actually a rebuttal to a REAL scientific study showing the exact opposite to be true. This is just propaganda BS that Pubs will believe and post, furthering the dumbing down of America.

  4. Research has indicated that individuals who are politically liberal are more likely to have higher ability than those who are politically conservative in America (Kanazawa, 2010) and Britain (Deary, Batty, & Gale, 2008). However, this finding pertained to voters rather than political leaders those people had elected. This study demonstrates that in America, Democrats are more likely than Republicans to have a higher percentage of Senate and House members in the top 1% of cognitive ability and Democrats had a higher ability and education level, on average, than Republicans.

    I have no idea how to explain these findings. But although they may not always get along, members of Congress, on average, are not as unintelligent and uneducated as some might think.

    • Keith, we’re not talking with this article about people who have been hydroponically grown in the Godless ghetto of the post-enlightenment educational complex, after their minds have been programmed… and programmed… and promoted… and promoted… through the ranks of the trickle-up, paternalistic, fealty-paying hive mind of Big Brother.

      We’re talking about thinking people who think for themselves; people with sense; yes, people who vote sensibly. This Pew study above stands unrefuted (except for the above comment that it seems to be sampled with a pro-collectivist bias at that).

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