Republicans Know More Than Democrats, Says Study


Rational ignorance?

At least GOPers do when it comes to politics, according to survey results released earlier this month by the Pew Research Center. As the report notes:

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.

On that last question, could it be that Republican voters are hoping that GOP pols will come around to seeing the wisdom of cutting our bloated defense budget? Here are the results of the survey questions by partisan affiliation:

Many people apparently have better things to do than to worry about politics

Delving further into the report, the survey reports that men do better on every question than do women. The Daily Caller also reports:

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.

Hmmm. Some of my best friends identify GOP, and at least some of them are open-minded and empathetic, but it would have been helpful if the DC had identified a few of the reports in the purported "wave" showing this to be so. In any case, go here to take the partisan quiz for yourself.