American Elephants

America the Clueless! Show Me the Evidence! by The Elephant's Child

The Pew Research Journalism Project is examining political polarization in the United State of 2014. The report was issued just two weeks before a crucial midterm election that will be widely read as a six-year verdict on Barack Obama’s performance in office and current agenda— whatever that is today. Some of their findings:

*Liberals draw information from a wider variety of media and express far more trust in more major media than do conservatives. (Perhaps because there is more liberal-oriented media)

*Liberals are much less tolerant than conservatives of political opinions differing from their own. Especially true on social media, where liberals consistently choose to Unfriend, Block, Mute or sever friendships with those whose politics they disagree with.

There is little in the survey that would surprise anyone paying attention. In America today it is virtually impossible to live in an ideological bubble. Most Americans rely on an array of outlets for political news, and many consistent conservatives and liberals hear dissenting political views in their everyday lives.

That those who express consistently conservative or consistently liberal opinions have different ways of informing themselves about politics and government is not surprising. But the depth of these divisions – and the differences between those who have strong ideological views and those who do not – are striking.

It is, nevertheless, an interesting survey. I’m not sure if it really captures the extent to which Liberals accept common Liberal wisdom without the slightest reference to research, or evidence? For example, Liberals seem to accept as gospel truth the idea that global warming is a massive problem that must be addressed, yet none seem to have read any of the science beyond accepting the common warmist talking points.

On the other hand, an informal survey of college students at Texas Tech found that students didn’t know who won the American Civil War, or in that case, even who fought in it, but they didn’t ask (thank goodness) when it was, for they clearly had no idea about that either. Couldn’t come up with who we severed our relationship with either, or when. We have some real problems with our public schools which are turning out ignorant kids.

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