Republicans are viewed as Smarter
Democrats are viewed as Smarter
"Political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible. . . . Thus political language has to consist largely of euphemism, question-begging and sheer cloudy vagueness."
~Orwell, Politics and the English Language
And you are making the argument that there's no self-congratulation on the right - in a very self-congratulatory way.
anyone who engages in judging and comparing the "smarts" of two groups that consist of tens of millions of individuals is , in fact, a complete and utter moron.
all right. Let me know when FOX news anchors start arguing that driving a hybrid car is a dog-whistle for anti-semitism.
Actually I'm not making the argument that there is no self-congratulation on the Right at all. Reading Is FundamentalAnd you are making the argument that there's no self-congratulation on the right - in a very self-congratulatory way.
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Sorry, y'all, but Pew settled this question years ago.
Partisan Differences in Knowledge
Republicans generally outperformed Democrats on the current quiz. On 13 out 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.
Questions on current politics and on geography show particularly wide differences. For example, Republicans are 19 points more likely than Democrats to know that the Republican Party has a majority in just the House of Representatives, and 14 points more likely to know that John Boehner is the speaker of the House. On international questions, Republicans are much more likely to be able to identify Israel on a map (67% vs. 51%), and more likely to know that Greece is the European country experiencing debt problems (71% vs. 54%). Additionally, more Republicans than Democrats could locate Brazil on a map (84% vs. 73%).
What the Public Knows – In Words and Pictures | Pew Research Center for the People and the Press
And, if that's not enough to convince you, here is a more biased analysis of the question...that is nonetheless quite accurate in its findings.
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Of the countless of reasons that lead a person to adopt a political ideology, his intelligence probably ranks last.
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I think to the extent that Dems are perceived as being 'smarter', they enjoy an ease of subscription that owes to the unfounded biases afforded by the public's misinterpretation of progression. The difference between them is attitude and perspective, not intelligence. An untested ideal will always shine that bit more brightly than a timeworn priciple. Given that, Dems are in a position to profit from a naivete and inexperience that amounts to untutored exuberance, where Reps must suffer the generational ignominy of being mischaracterised as inflexible. That both sides fail to comprehend their interdependence only compounds their frustration. Were it the case that one side were 'smarter', the other must perish.