Saturday, July 2, 2011

Harvard Study - #3042 - Republicans More Patriotic than Democrats - Hot Air

Just in time for the Fourth of July weekend, a Harvard study confirms: Not only do Republicans celebrate Independence Day more intensively, but the celebrations, in turn, tend to solidify Republican beliefs. The three key findings of those attending July 4th celebrations: When done before the age of 18, it increases the likelihood of a youth identifying as a Republican by at least 2 percent. It raises the likelihood that parade watchers will vote for a Republican candidate by 4 percent. It boosts the likelihood a reveler will vote by about 1 percent and increases the chances they’ll make a political contribution by 3 percent. What’s more, the impact isn’t fleeting. “Surprisingly, the estimates show that the impact on political preferences is permanent, with no evidence of the effects depreciating as individuals become older,”said the Harvard report. Finally, the report suggests that if people are looking for a super-patriotic July 4th, [they] should head to Republican towns. “Republican adults celebrate Fourth of July more intensively in the first place.Read more.......

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