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Gallup Poll Finds Democrats More Compassionate; Republicans More Psychopathic

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Gallup headlined on 28 January 2014, "Democrats and Republicans Differ on Top Priorities," and reported that the biggest difference between supporters of the two Parties concerned "The environment," where 71% of Democrats said it's important to them, versus only 32% of Republicans who did: a whopping difference of 39%, between the two Parties, considered that issue to be important. The second-biggest difference was on "The distribution of income and wealth": 72% of Democrats, versus only 38% of Republicans -- a 34% difference. Third came "Poverty and homelessness": 82% of Democrats, versus 53% of Republicans -- a 29% difference. Fourth came "Education": 91% of Democrats, versus 70% of Republicans -- a 21% difference.

Here were the four issues on the conservative end, the four issues where Republicans scored the largest amount higher (more concerned) than Democrats: First, "The military and national defense": 76% of Republicans, versus 61% of Democrats -- a 15% difference -- considered that issue to be important. Second, "Taxes": 69% of Republicans, versus 56% of Democrats -- a 13% difference. Third, "Terrorism": 77% of Republicans, versus 68% of Democrats -- a 9% difference. Fourth, "Government surveillance of U.S. citizens": 45% of Republicans, versus 37% of Democrats -- an 8% difference (but if the President had been a Republican, Democrats might have been more concerned about that issue than Republicans would have been).

Clearly, selfish fears swept concerns on the Republican side, whereas concerns for others (and especially the weak) swept concerns on the Democratic side.

One can therefore reasonably infer from this survey that the main difference between Democrats and Republicans is the difference between compassion versus psychopathy.

If these findings are accurate, then one will expect that in political primary elections, where candidates make their appeals to members of their own Party, Democratic candidates will compete with one another mainly on the basis of their proposals for improving things for everyone but especially for the most vulnerable; whereas Republican candidates will compete with one another mainly on the basis of their proposals for improving things for their individual voters. And, in the general election, one will expect that the Democratic nominee will have been chosen on the basis of his concern for everyone, while the Republican nominee will have been chosen on the basis of his concern for Republicans.

 

Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They're Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010,  and of  CHRIST'S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that (more...)
 
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But there is no real difference between them when ... by Mike Farris on Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014 at 7:12:06 AM
Now, how would you explain this nonsense? ... by BFalcon on Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014 at 7:16:59 AM
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I thought the original meaning of the word "conser... by Paul Roden on Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014 at 8:07:48 AM
It's clear that you buy the rationalization, and n... by Eric Zuesse on Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014 at 9:45:07 AM
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I would like to add that the Republicans are not a... by Madeleine Sklar on Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014 at 11:59:28 AM
I agree. There is no real difference. This is just... by Bill Johnson on Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014 at 9:23:45 AM
This poll finds that you are wrong. You don't deal... by Eric Zuesse on Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014 at 9:48:01 AM
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Mark, your comment shows that you cannot absorb i... by Eric Zuesse on Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014 at 11:26:55 AM
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"Typical liberalism right out of your play book 10... by J. Edward Tremlett on Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014 at 11:48:56 AM
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You are doing exactly as you accuse. Can you not ... by Bill Johnson on Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014 at 1:21:50 PM
No you are wrong. The poll shows the difference be... by Paul Easton on Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014 at 8:02:47 PM
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Congressional Ds are up for re-election soon and O... by Paul Easton on Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014 at 9:50:23 PM
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I am in firm agreement with Bill Johnson and Mike... by yunus Luebben on Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014 at 10:11:05 AM
Sure, discredit the Gallup Poll results, because y... by Eric Zuesse on Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014 at 10:25:46 AM
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He's just talking about himself: he's not "wired f... by Eric Zuesse on Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014 at 10:18:55 PM
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ROFLMAO!!!  That is total BS.  The DINOs... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014 at 6:09:48 PM
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Thank you for asking.  The Ministry portrays ... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 at 12:07:03 AM
You're in Florida, a Republican-controlled state; ... by Eric Zuesse on Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 at 5:48:04 AM
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Zuesse the Guesse is an excellent example of Liber... by Paul Easton on Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014 at 10:19:30 PM
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Who/what reported that?  (How do you know the... by Jill Herendeen on Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 at 8:24:24 AM
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Only fools or shills who serve the Ministry. ... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Friday, Jan 31, 2014 at 12:59:58 AM
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