View Poll Results: Is There an Empathy Gap Between Democrats and Republicans?

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  • Yes, Democrats are more empathetic

    20 51.28%
  • Yes, Republicans are more empathetic

    2 5.13%
  • Yes, and that's a good thing, people should look out for themselves, others will for themselves

    4 10.26%
  • No, there is no empathy gap

    13 33.33%
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    Is There an Empathy Gap Between Democrats and Republicans?

    Liberals are stereotypically "bleeding-heart" compared to conservatives, but the more I think about it the more it seems to me that there is simply an empathy gap between Dems and Repubs:

    Health Care: Democrats passed Obamacare to address the millions of uninsured people across the country. Republican opposition never addresses those people and instead is framed as how it will effect those that have health insurance.

    Gay Marriage: Biden, Obama, and other prominent Democratic figures have voiced their support for marriage equality. Republicans are almost lockstep against it. The only exceptions are usually Republicans like Dick Cheney and Rob Portman who have gay children. Of course that's not the same as empathy, that is rational self-interest that makes them pro-gay marriage.

    There are other examples.

    Is there a real difference between Democrats and Republicans in terms of empathy, and is that a good or bad thing?
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    Re: Is There an Empathy Gap Between Democrats and Republicans?

    Quote Originally Posted by aberrant85 View Post
    Liberals are stereotypically "bleeding-heart" compared to conservatives, but the more I think about it the more it seems to me that there is simply an empathy gap between Dems and Repubs:

    Health Care: Democrats passed Obamacare to address the millions of uninsured people across the country. Republican opposition never addresses those people and instead is framed as how it will effect those that have health insurance.

    Gay Marriage: Biden, Obama, and other prominent Democratic figures have voiced their support for marriage equality. Republicans are almost lockstep against it. The only exceptions are usually Republicans like Dick Cheney and Rob Portman who have gay children. Of course that's not the same as empathy, that is rational self-interest that makes them pro-gay marriage.

    There are other examples.

    Is there a real difference between Democrats and Republicans in terms of empathy, and is that a good or bad thing?
    Not really. A lot of liberals claim to be "bleeding hearts," but they really aren't. They simply direct their empathy towards different targets than Conservatives.

    i.e. (And yes, I'm well aware that this is absurdly oversimplified) They've never met an "oppressed" minority they wouldn't go to bat for, but they basically view the unborn and those unable to survive without life support as being worthless parasitic lumps of flesh which can be justifiably eliminated at one's leisure, no matter how frivolous the reason.

    The two groups do not noticeably differ in the amount they give to charity either.

    Washington Post - Conservatives and Liberals are Equally Charitable but Give to Different Causes

    In any case, it would ultimately appear that both sides are "empathetic." They simply differ in the manner in which they direct the impulse.
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    Re: Is There an Empathy Gap Between Democrats and Republicans?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gathomas88 View Post
    Not really. A lot of liberals claim to be "bleeding hearts," but they really aren't. They simply direct their empathy towards different targets than Conservatives.

    i.e. (And yes, I'm well aware that this is absurdly oversimplified) They've never met an "oppressed" minority they wouldn't go to bat for, but they basically view the unborn and those unable to survive without life support as being worthless parasitic lumps of flesh which can be justifiably eliminated at one's leisure, no matter how frivolous the reason.

    The two groups do not noticeably differ in the amount they give to charity either.

    Washington Post - Conservatives and Liberals are Equally Charitable but Give to Different Causes

    In any case, it would ultimately appear that both sides are "empathetic." They simply differ in the manner in which they direct the impulse.
    Interesting article. It didn't offer many specifics, so its hard to say for sure, but I think this still says something about empathy. If conservatives donate more to religious charities, then presumably they give to the church of which they belong, which while still generous, probably goes towards indirectly supporting causes tied to their own religious and moral ideology.
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    Re: Is There an Empathy Gap Between Democrats and Republicans?

    Supporting government welfare, forced commerce and involuntary servitude is not a sign of empathy towards your fellow man.

    As for gay marriage, the liberal position is just more government power in peoples lives.
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    Re: Is There an Empathy Gap Between Democrats and Republicans?

    Quote Originally Posted by aberrant85 View Post
    Liberals are stereotypically "bleeding-heart" compared to conservatives, but the more I think about it the more it seems to me that there is simply an empathy gap between Dems and Repubs:

    Health Care: Democrats passed Obamacare to address the millions of uninsured people across the country. Republican opposition never addresses those people and instead is framed as how it will effect those that have health insurance.

    Gay Marriage: Biden, Obama, and other prominent Democratic figures have voiced their support for marriage equality. Republicans are almost lockstep against it. The only exceptions are usually Republicans like Dick Cheney and Rob Portman who have gay children. Of course that's not the same as empathy, that is rational self-interest that makes them pro-gay marriage.

    There are other examples.

    Is there a real difference between Democrats and Republicans in terms of empathy, and is that a good or bad thing?
    If you're talking about politicians in Washington, there's no room for empathy. If you're talking about your average person and their leanings I would say they have equal empathy and apathy. The difference is how they go about it.

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    Re: Is There an Empathy Gap Between Democrats and Republicans?

    Quote Originally Posted by aberrant85 View Post
    Liberals are stereotypically "bleeding-heart" compared to conservatives, but the more I think about it the more it seems to me that there is simply an empathy gap between Dems and Repubs:

    Health Care: Democrats passed Obamacare to address the millions of uninsured people across the country. Republican opposition never addresses those people and instead is framed as how it will effect those that have health insurance.

    Gay Marriage: Biden, Obama, and other prominent Democratic figures have voiced their support for marriage equality. Republicans are almost lockstep against it. The only exceptions are usually Republicans like Dick Cheney and Rob Portman who have gay children. Of course that's not the same as empathy, that is rational self-interest that makes them pro-gay marriage.

    There are other examples.

    Is there a real difference between Democrats and Republicans in terms of empathy, and is that a good or bad thing?
    In all honesty I have had this thought very often myself. Dems do seem (sweeping generalizations of course) to have a higher level of empathy toward causes that do not directly effect their lives, people they don't actually know and groups that they are not personally involved with. I would also add that they seem to have a higher level of faith in human beings too. Seems as if Republicans need you to meet certain criteria whereby you prove yourself or your cause worthy first.

    I do not believe that Republicans are not good people and do not care. I do believe that they are more cynical about human nature and they first assume you are taking advantage and leave it up to you to prove you are not before they assist. When confronted with what they consider an obvious victim, say abortion for instance, they are inclined to side with the unborn child who does not need to prove anything to them. Gun rights, a constitutional violation of gun owner rights etc.
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    Re: Is There an Empathy Gap Between Democrats and Republicans?

    Quote Originally Posted by aberrant85 View Post
    Liberals are stereotypically "bleeding-heart" compared to conservatives, but the more I think about it the more it seems to me that there is simply an empathy gap between Dems and Repubs:

    Health Care: Democrats passed Obamacare to address the millions of uninsured people across the country. Republican opposition never addresses those people and instead is framed as how it will effect those that have health insurance.

    Gay Marriage: Biden, Obama, and other prominent Democratic figures have voiced their support for marriage equality. Republicans are almost lockstep against it. The only exceptions are usually Republicans like Dick Cheney and Rob Portman who have gay children. Of course that's not the same as empathy, that is rational self-interest that makes them pro-gay marriage.

    There are other examples.

    Is there a real difference between Democrats and Republicans in terms of empathy, and is that a good or bad thing?
    I think you might want to read this op-ed it will enlighten you. you probably wont like what you will be enlightened to


    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/21/op...nce20.com&_r=0

    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.
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    Re: Is There an Empathy Gap Between Democrats and Republicans?

    Quote Originally Posted by aberrant85 View Post
    Interesting article. It didn't offer many specifics, so its hard to say for sure, but I think this still says something about empathy. If conservatives donate more to religious charities, then presumably they give to the church of which they belong, which while still generous, probably goes towards indirectly supporting causes tied to their own religious and moral ideology.
    feeding, clothing, and giving shelter to the poor domestic and abroad is an ideology of all Christian and Jewish faiths

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    Re: Is There an Empathy Gap Between Democrats and Republicans?

    Democrat talking heads and partisans TALK more empathy, but I do not believe they are more empathetic in reality. Wanting the GOVERNMENT to do things in exchange for votes isn't really empathy. It's political patronage.

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    Re: Is There an Empathy Gap Between Democrats and Republicans?

    Quote Originally Posted by aberrant85 View Post
    Liberals are stereotypically "bleeding-heart" compared to conservatives, but the more I think about it the more it seems to me that there is simply an empathy gap between Dems and Repubs:
    The pejoritive term "bleeding heart" applies to those who have a tendency to disingenuously use a fallacious appeal to emotion in lieu of sound logical reasoning to support their arguments. It has nothing to do with empathy.

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