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(Minneapolis Star Tribune)   Polls show that Republicans are more informed about current events than liberals and are more tolerant with opposing ideas than their liberal counterparts. Exhibit A: The comments section of the accompanying opinion piece   (startribune.com) divider line 30
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2012-05-07 11:35:17 AM
8 votes:
FTFA: "Furthermore, conservatives outscored liberals by a margin of 65 percentage points when asked to identify the group most associated with attempting to destroy America's traditional Judeo-Christian values. Ninety-four percent of Republicans and only 29% of traitorous Democrats could correctly identify the Islamo-Fascist Gay Agenda."

stupid libs need to read a f*cking book
2012-05-07 11:45:24 AM
5 votes:
About seven-in-ten (71%) know that the Republican Party is considered to be the more conservative party.

Really! 50% would have this right by guessing. That means, on the most fundamental political question possible, Americans are marginally more aware than a possum with a head injury.

My take away from this is that Americans are just incredibly ignorant.

/sorry
2012-05-07 12:21:01 PM
3 votes:

thomps: FTFA: "Furthermore, conservatives outscored liberals by a margin of 65 percentage points when asked to identify the group most associated with attempting to destroy America's traditional Judeo-Christian values. Ninety-four percent of Republicans and only 29% of traitorous Democrats could correctly identify the Islamo-Fascist Gay Agenda."

stupid libs need to read a f*cking book


That I actually needed to go back to TFA to see if that was a real quote is all one needs to know about Conservatives.
2012-05-07 01:10:01 PM
2 votes:
Dishonest article is based on dishonest survey. FTFA:

The widest gap -- 30 points -- came on a question about which political party is "generally more supportive of reducing the size of federal government." Seventy-six percent of Republicans, but only 46 percent of Democrats, correctly named the GOP.



Empirically, the greatest expansions of the federal government since LBJ occurred under Reagan and Bush Jr., while the greatest reduction occurred under Clinton. If therefore you're basing your answer on observed facts of reality instead of empty rhetoric, the correct answer is "the Democrats."

Other survey questions included:

"Which party wants to defeat the terrorists, and which one wants to surrender to them?"

"Which party supports a fiscally responsible balanced budget, and which one supports pointless irresponsible binge spending leading inevitably to American economic ruin?"

"Which party hates America just for its freedoms?"

Incredibly, say the survey authors, "those dumb liberals couldn't correctly identify the gallant Republicans and goofus Democrats on any of these issues, while conservatives were correct every time."
2012-05-07 12:58:22 PM
2 votes:
When asked if Fartbongo was a seekrit Muslin born in Kenya, 85% of Republicans correctly answered "Fwd:Fwd:Fwd:Fwd:Fwd:" while only 2% of Democrats remained on the phone.
2012-05-07 12:19:29 PM
2 votes:
I've found conservatives to be far more tolerant and accepting of people that spout racial epithets. Stupid libs just get all judgmental.
2012-05-07 12:17:27 PM
2 votes:
4.bp.blogspot.com
2012-05-07 12:15:19 PM
2 votes:
Being a solid middle-of-the-road troll, and having taunted both libtards and conservatards, I can say that, while the conservatives are much easier to rile, the liberals do have an astonishing amount of invective and hate that makes the extra effort worthwhile.
2012-05-07 12:12:59 PM
2 votes:
Smart people are more likely to block stupid people on social media sites than the other way around?

I suspect when Republicans were asked "have you ever blocked someone with an opposing political view on a social media site?" the most common answer was "can you do that?"
vpb [TotalFark]
2012-05-07 12:10:38 PM
2 votes:
The widest gap -- 30 points -- came on a question about which political party is "generally more supportive of reducing the size of federal government." Seventy-six percent of Republicans, but only 46 percent of Democrats, correctly named the GOP.

I suppose more Republicans were able to "correctly" identify the president as a "Secret Muslim terrorist Kenyan"?
2012-05-07 12:00:09 PM
2 votes:
Also, Kersten likes to use arguments such as:

"If the issue isn't black and white, why is it presented as black text on white paper?"
2012-05-07 02:23:39 PM
1 votes:

monoski: EWreckedSean: o the position then becomes on of intolerance of the cost of accommodation.

It has nothing to do with rights for the disabled though. A disabled person is not denied any rights a non-disabled person is. You are talking about special class laws. You are equating being against special class rules as being intolerant.

As to cost in dollars and to businesses, I think a large part of that cost IS the abuse of the system.

I can appreciate your unfounded fear that the system is being abused "I think" is not the best argument. There is fraud in the system but if you look at GAO stats you will find it is not outside of the norm for govt programs. I am a disabled person who has been in a wheelchair for 27 years from a motorcycle accident and I can tell you personally discrimination does exist and it is not an even playing field out there and there are too many people in power who feel it is too expensive to provide that equality (where it has been provided to other classes who had a history of discrimination) and that does not sit well with me especially during tax season (yep, I am employed)


Damn you for requiring expensive ramps made from pure concrete and getting all the good parking! Stop abusing the system and pull yourself up by the bootstraps!
2012-05-07 01:24:39 PM
1 votes:

ArcadianRefugee: Well, to be fair, the title of the survey is "What the Public Knows about the Political Parties", not "What the Public Knows about Politics" or "What the Public Knows about the World".


Even the supposedly "factual" question discussed in the article is seriously debatable. If the questions were based on indisputable facts, it might be worth something. But even for the limited interpretation you're trying to give it, it doesn't look like it was worth much at all.

Examples of factual questions the survey could have asked:

1) A president of which party signed the first Social Security act into law?
2) Which party controls the House of Representatives?
3) Which party is poised to nominate America's first non-Christian major party presidential candidate?
4) Which party's platform contains provision [enter platform plank here]?
2012-05-07 01:12:22 PM
1 votes:

Jackson Herring: MayoSlather: Just sayin

God I hate this farkin phrase. No one who ever says "just sayin" is "just sayin"


Just sayin'. I felt the trite expression appropriate when confronted with a trite argument, and I wanted to bring the right amount of condescension to the statement.

Another trite phrase I like; Go F yourself. I suppose you don't like that either?
2012-05-07 12:58:15 PM
1 votes:

Ned Stark: From personal experience, yeah conservatives are more tolerant of other ideas*. When talking politics IRL cons will almost always jaw with me but liberals just try to shut it down with "'bagger" or "I get it, he's black". And then when they realize I'm a lefty they shift immediatly to "perfect the enemy of good!!" seemingly without skipping a beat.
This may be a sample size and location issue though.

"informed" is pretty subjective so I can't speak to that.

*offer valid for political ideals only.


In my experience, conservatives will jaw with you but never accept any evidence or reason to the contrary of their opinions, because they're old and/or lonely, while liberals tend to be of a younger generation that was taught in de-funded public schools using textbooks designed for Texans and edited by fundie creationists due to conservative policies. YMMV.
2012-05-07 12:48:22 PM
1 votes:
The question with greatest disparity (and consequently removed to preserve a balanced result) was a simple one:
Which Party is better?
Republican's unanimously answered correctly; The Republican Party is better.
About half of Democrats made the objectively false claim that their own party was better. The remaining idiots (D) said that this question did not really make any sense to them. duhh!
2012-05-07 12:45:27 PM
1 votes:
You have to hand it to conservatives. They're great at framing the debate in their favor by removing context or focusing on one sub-sub-sub issue of a larger debate.

Conservatives: they won't block you on facebook because they're so tolerant, but they will prevent you from getting married if you're gay. Conservatives: they know if a member of congress has a D following their name, but they think Obama is a secret muslim, socialist, commie. Conservatives: they're more open minded than liberals unless you're a minority or muslim or gay or atheist or anything that's not a WASP.
2012-05-07 12:39:40 PM
1 votes:

EWreckedSean: Reading isn't you friend is it?


Spelling, obviously, isn't yours.
2012-05-07 12:37:08 PM
1 votes:

EWreckedSean: Weird so not the post I meant to respond to on that.


That's okay. I'm sure it was no more relevant or insightful when placed in its intended context.
2012-05-07 12:36:59 PM
1 votes:
This is some polling trolling right here.
2012-05-07 12:29:37 PM
1 votes:
The widest gap -- 30 points -- came on a question about which political party is "generally more supportive of reducing the size of federal government." Seventy-six percent of Republicans, but only 46 percent of Democrats, correctly named the GOP

It is as if they are saying "Liberals are less informed because they do not recognize that republicans are the better party."

WTF kind of circular derpular logic is this?
2012-05-07 12:25:10 PM
1 votes:
I know Farkers like to think all Democrats are 20-26 year old hip liberal college students that watch The Daily Show, read articles Thinkprogress and DailyKos and know whats up, and Republicans are barely functioning inbreed retards but a sizable portion of Democrats are made up of these folks:
www.funfunblog.com
2012-05-07 12:23:34 PM
1 votes:

sammyk: I've only blocked one person over political talk on FB. I was a fool and tried to be reasonable in challenging her BS.


Yeah, I have a rabid conservative friend of my pops who would continually send me forwards regarding birtherism, teabagism, and general invective regarding the Obama admin. that I would respond to with facts, evidence, and level-headed rebuttal. I would never get a response back, only another inane forward.

I got to a point at which I called him an asshole and a bullsh*tter who was not welcome to contact me again. THEN I got a response, basically saying that I need to control my anger and find Jesus before I burn in hell.

He'd make a great Scientologist, or 8-year-old child.
2012-05-07 12:18:09 PM
1 votes:
"FIX OLD NO NEW" is not an opposing political viewpoint
2012-05-07 12:10:25 PM
1 votes:
Those are all incredibly circumstantial or irrelevant rankings. Knowing Nancy Pelosi is a democrat? Platform stances? Un-friending on facebook?

p.s. Liberals unfriend you on facebook if they don't like your ideas or lifestyle. Conservatives try to make them illegal.
2012-05-07 12:04:03 PM
1 votes:
My impression is that Conservatives are generally closed-minded and dogmatic, while Liberals tend to be whiney biatches.
2012-05-07 12:03:38 PM
1 votes:
Ah, Katherine Kersten, a voice of moderation, honesty and reason.

lh6.ggpht.com
2012-05-07 11:58:20 AM
1 votes:
The widest gap -- 30 points -- came on a question about which political party is "generally more supportive of reducing the size of federal government." Seventy-six percent of Republicans, but only 46 percent of Democrats, correctly named the GOP.


AHHHH hahahha holy shiatttttt
2012-05-07 11:56:12 AM
1 votes:
We don't have conservatives and liberals in this country. We have Regressives and Moderates.
2012-05-07 11:27:25 AM
1 votes:
Man... Conservatives really are trying so hard. You almost want to give them a shiny medal or something.
 
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