Study: Republicans more patriotic than Democrats

posted at 10:30 am on July 1, 2011 by Tina Korbe

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.”

Looks like Republicans take seriously what Founding Father John Adams wrote after the drafting of the Declaration of Independence:

I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more. You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.

Of course, Adams actually thought the “Anniversary Festival” would be celebrated July 2 — but the principle is the same.

Exit question: Why don’t Democrats like to celebrate the Declaration quite so much?

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America! F**k yeah!

Dongemaharu on July 1, 2011 at 10:32 AM

Who does this surprise?

rabidamerican on July 1, 2011 at 10:33 AM

While obvious does this push things forward?

CW on July 1, 2011 at 10:34 AM

Re: Exit question…
Maybe the Dems are hoping King George will still take us back?

Extrafishy on July 1, 2011 at 10:36 AM

Exit answer: Because it’s not sufficiently lascivious or mind altering enough for their taste.

Although, Libs will eagerly run under its philosophical umbrella to defend those licentious pursuits.

Go figure.

locomotivebreath1901 on July 1, 2011 at 10:37 AM

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.

No **** Sherlock.

tbear44 on July 1, 2011 at 10:38 AM

As I asked in the headline version, does the study take into account that parents who take their kids to patriotic events are more likely to raise their kids to be patriotic?

DrAllecon on July 1, 2011 at 10:39 AM

What patriotism liberals do display is all for show. It’s not genuine. They do it because they want others to believe they are patriotic.

Mark1971 on July 1, 2011 at 10:39 AM

Why don’t Democrats like to celebrate the Declaration quite so much?

How dare you question my patriotism, you flag-waving, knuckle-dragging, jingoist redneck!!!

/s

cartooner on July 1, 2011 at 10:39 AM

scoundrels.

sesquipedalian on July 1, 2011 at 10:39 AM

Isn’t this that tail wagging the dog? Seems to me they have the cause and affect backwards. BECAUSE Republicans are more outwardly patriotic (and frankly more inwardly patriotic, too, sorry dems), they are more likely to ATTEND these things and drag their kids along.

The liberal american hating progressives will NEVER be caught dead at one of these things. They are more likely to turn out to burn a city down when the G8 comes to town for a meeting.

karenhasfreedom on July 1, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Well, the agenda of the democrat party is anti-American,

darwin on July 1, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Well duh!

gophergirl on July 1, 2011 at 10:40 AM

No! – really?

jake-the-goose on July 1, 2011 at 10:41 AM

scoundrels.

sesquipedalian on July 1, 2011 at 10:39 AM

You’re right. The Dems are.

kingsjester on July 1, 2011 at 10:42 AM

Republicans celebrate Independence Day more intensively, but the celebrations, in turn, tend to solidify Republican beliefs.

Liberals celebrate, uh, Europe Day intensively, or something.

You know, in their longstanding quest to make America the United States of Europe.

Moesart on July 1, 2011 at 10:42 AM

Why don’t Democrats like to celebrate the Declaration quite so much?

Because it gives the people cause to overthrow the bonds of an oppressive government.

John Deaux on July 1, 2011 at 10:43 AM

Study: Republicans more patriotic than Democrats

DUH!

Falz on July 1, 2011 at 10:43 AM

They never fail to disappoint.

Blake on July 1, 2011 at 10:42 AM

Ah … those silly atheists, they’re just trying to make new friends.

darwin on July 1, 2011 at 10:43 AM

Democrats don’t want people craving independence. That means that they’re not dependent, and that is not good for lefty beliefs.

I mean, you’re only as free as you are independent. And I don’t think they’re big fans of freedom either. Unless it means that they’re free to take rich people’s money.

beatcanvas on July 1, 2011 at 10:45 AM

“USA! USA! USA!” – Is a chant you’ll NEVER here a liberal participate in.

brewcrew67 on July 1, 2011 at 10:46 AM

Democrats have no right to wave the flag when they cheer a man who professes a desire to “fundamentally transform” the country. They do not love the country, they love a self-centered vision of what they believe they can turn the country into. The problem is getting around all the people who love what the country for what it actually is.

Greek Fire on July 1, 2011 at 10:47 AM

I think that accusation could be levelled at the Left around the world.

OldEnglish on July 1, 2011 at 10:48 AM

Captain Obvious! To the rescue!

rollthedice on July 1, 2011 at 10:48 AM

I’ve been saving a surprise gift of a case of Rush Limbaugh’s Two If By Tea for this weekend. Yay America!

Jeddite on July 1, 2011 at 10:49 AM

ATHEISTS TO FLY JULY 4 AIRPLANE BANNERS IN 27 STATES: ‘GOD-LESS AMERICA,‘ ’ATHEISM IS PATRIOTIC’

They never fail to disappoint.

Blake on July 1, 2011 at 10:42 AM

Where did I put that Stinger? I know I had it right here a minute ago.

Extrafishy on July 1, 2011 at 10:50 AM

Hard to believe. Could it be that Republicans generally are generally traditionalists. They value traditions more in civic society and all other matters. They tend to participate in traditional events and such. They are also more likely to instill the same culture and pride in their kids.

Democrats on the other hand are more likely to avoid traditional events….

antisocial on July 1, 2011 at 10:51 AM

For two more very intriguing takes (previously published) in the greenroom check these out.

Kevin McCullough on July 1, 2011 at 10:55 AM

Maybe one reason is that Republicans are proud of this country while Democrats want us to be a European country. We love it and liberals go around apologizing for it.

search4truth on July 1, 2011 at 10:57 AM

In other news, water found to be wet.

englishqueen01 on July 1, 2011 at 10:57 AM

I think that accusation could be levelled at the Left around the world.

OldEnglish on July 1, 2011 at 10:48 AM

Yep. Liberals anywhere generally believe that love for one’s country is childish. They would much prefer one world governed by unelected bureaucrats with degrees from prestigious universities.

Mark1971 on July 1, 2011 at 10:57 AM

Exit question: Why don’t Democrats like to celebrate the Declaration quite so much?

Er, because The Left is against independence. They want us DEPENDENT on government.

SouthernGent on July 1, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Can we have a study to determine if George Washington is on the $1 bill? Can’t be too sure, y’know.

princetrumpet on July 1, 2011 at 11:00 AM

I look forward to Harvard’s next study:

“Water is Wet.”

Ryan Anthony on July 1, 2011 at 11:01 AM

Study: Republicans more patriotic than Democrats

I could have told you that without the study.

Exit question: Why don’t Democrats like to celebrate the Declaration quite so much?

Because deep down inside they hate this nation and everything it stands for. If they loved the USA like they claim, they would be trying to destroy it every chance that get. Every foundation this country was built upon, the left attacks and attempts to destroy. Not all, but far too many of them are enemies of the State and enemies of freedom.

jawkneemusic on July 1, 2011 at 11:02 AM

*wouldn’t

jawkneemusic on July 1, 2011 at 11:03 AM

Exit question: Why don’t Democrats like to celebrate the Declaration quite so much?

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Exit answer: Because the Democrat’s Independence Day is May 5th.

mrt721 on July 1, 2011 at 11:05 AM

Re: the exit question.

Dems don’t celebrate the 4th because they are, and have been since 1972, de facto communists. 1972 was the year the commies took effective control of the Dem party. You can’t enjoy a celebration of something that is diametrically opposed to what you believe in. Sure, there are many, many useful idiot Dems who STILL haven’t figured out that they support communism, so they celebrate the 4th sort of, kinda, with reservations or understated enthusiasm. The reason Obama is so worshipped, and protected by the MSM, is because he is the culmination of the Dems efforts since ’72. He is a genuine Red Diaper Baby and he’s now POTUS. Part of me can’t help but enjoy seeing Obama and the Dems and their philosophy fail massively even as it sucks the country down the tubes.

JimP on July 1, 2011 at 11:07 AM

When Rush was covering this on his radio show he said that Democrats celebrate April 15th the way that Republicans celebrate July 4th.

scrubjay on July 1, 2011 at 11:08 AM

Nice catch Tina…..I posted this in the Greenroom two seconds before this was posted and almost an hour after Kevin’s post. Talk about “saturation”.

That said, it really can’t be said enough how poorly Democrats respect our independence.

Rovin on July 1, 2011 at 11:09 AM

I have bought shirts and caps for all the grand kids, nieces and nephews for the family 4th get together. Lots of flags.

barnone on July 1, 2011 at 11:12 AM

Sure, now you guys trust those Harvard social scientists. Interesting study, especially their methodology:

Our method uses daily precipitation data from
1920-1990 to proxy for exogenous variation in participation on Fourth of July as a child. The estimates imply that days without rain on Fourth of July in childhood increase the likelihood of identifying with the Republicans as an adult, voting for the Republican but not the Democratic candidate, and voter turnout. Our findings are significant: one Fourth of July without rain before age 18 increases the likelihood of identifying as a Republican at age 40 by 2 percent,
the share of people voting for the Republican candidate at age 40 by 4 percent, and the share of people turning out to vote at age 40 by 0.9 percent.

Sounds just a bit tricky, but it seems reasonable.

RightOFLeft on July 1, 2011 at 11:13 AM

Well…yeah. Duh.

:)

Bob's Kid on July 1, 2011 at 11:16 AM

The commies love a maypole though

Sonosam on July 1, 2011 at 11:20 AM

Republicans more patriotic than Democrats

It all depends WHICH country you’re talking about. If you mean China, Russia or any Muslim country then the reverse is true.

MaiDee on July 1, 2011 at 11:20 AM

A more interesting question for a poll would be -”do you hate America”. That would show how malicious many democratics are.

slickwillie2001 on July 1, 2011 at 11:20 AM

Most of these “studies” are a waste of our money. Boys chase girls, Republicans more patriotic than Democrats, water is really wet etc etc. My response always seems to be “I could have told them that for free”. Although the “study” being done at Harvard might enlighten some on the left of this truth. I have a feeling that “Indies” track more patriotic than Democrats also. I hope “Indies” are paying attention.

IowaWoman on July 1, 2011 at 11:20 AM

All anyone needs to do is look at Berkley to the North in Oregon. Recently they had an in depth discussion on whether they should say the Pledge of Allegiance to open meetings…because you know they aren’t Americans, they are citizens of the world…..I swear if you tipped the country on it’s side all the nuts would roll to the left coast…oh wait ;)

Dr Evil on July 1, 2011 at 11:22 AM

The Founders were of course right wing ‘nuts’. They launched the first (perhaps only?) successful right wing r-word. They were greatly influenced by Jesus, Adam Smith, and John Locke.

Shall we do another study to see if items of consistency remain consistent?

anuts on July 1, 2011 at 11:22 AM

Folks, it ain’t even close. Surprised they had to launch a study about it, frankly.

CliffHanger on July 1, 2011 at 11:23 AM

Shockaa!!

KMC1 on July 1, 2011 at 11:25 AM

Study: Sky is blue

Red Cloud on July 1, 2011 at 11:25 AM

When I lived in Canada, a gal I was eating dinner with said the difference between Americans and Canadians was that they did everything we did, but Canadians weren’t “a bunch of flag-wavers”. I thought to myself, and therein lie your problems.

txmomof6 on July 1, 2011 at 11:27 AM

Because it gives the people cause to overthrow the bonds of an oppressive government.

John Deaux on July 1, 2011 at 10:43 AM

Oh, my – we’re not supposed to use that kind of language around here, are we?

Midas on July 1, 2011 at 11:28 AM

Have a great 4th of July weekend, we’ll be spending it at the local air show. Lots of old planes and pleanty of patriotism to be found on display.

All you have to do is listen to the crowd chants when you hear people speak and a heckler starts in. With Sarah and republicans speaking the crows chant USA. When president Zero speaks the all chant for Zero.

Brat4life on July 1, 2011 at 11:31 AM

Exit answer: Because the Democrat’s InDependence Day is May 5th.

mrt721 on July 1, 2011 at 11:05 AM

Just a friendly tweak. :)

Midas on July 1, 2011 at 11:32 AM

What other country had its cause for existence a set of values or creed? What else is to become of an entity that moves away in support of that creed?

anuts on July 1, 2011 at 11:32 AM

Republicans are more patriotic than Democrats hate America.

Fixed the headline.

angryed on July 1, 2011 at 11:35 AM

this is obviouly junk science.

there are lots and lots of damn patiotic democrats, and plenty of patriotic dems who have died for our country.

those percentages are so small that they must be within the MOE.

thanks harvard…you guys are SO smart up there. waste much time and money, do ya?

DrW on July 1, 2011 at 11:38 AM

Just duh!

Bambi on July 1, 2011 at 11:41 AM

Exit question: Why don’t Democrats like to celebrate the Declaration quite so much?

Well, based on their adulation of our current president, I think they disapprove of the Declaration because they’re fundamentally monarchists at heart.

morganfrost on July 1, 2011 at 11:44 AM

Published in the peer reviewed Annals of Obvious

dts-01 on July 1, 2011 at 11:54 AM

Conservatives get out and celebrate their country, Leftists come out to protest their country.

Hening on July 1, 2011 at 11:58 AM

All you have to do is listen to the crowd chants when you hear people speak and a heckler starts in. With Sarah and republicans speaking the crows chant USA. When president Zero speaks the all chant for Zero.

Brat4life on July 1, 2011 at 11:31 AM

The inverse is true as well. Jonah Goldberg brilliantly pointed out that the left will blame individual GOP presidents for acts of war but when Truman (rightly) dropped the bomb, when FDR bombed Dresden and interned the Japanese-Americans, when LBJ bombed Vietnam, it was America that did it.

thebrokenrattle on July 1, 2011 at 11:59 AM

From Harvard no less. Love it.

Maybe we celebrate the 4th because, compared to the actions of the rest of the world, we have nothing to be ashamed of.

itsspideyman on July 1, 2011 at 12:05 PM

Sad 4th of July. Read the whole thing!

Schadenfreude on July 1, 2011 at 12:06 PM

What hogwash on this patriotism talk! It’s only because backwards conservatives believe in countries and “American-Exceptionalism” instead of the wisdom of our global collective! Flying the flag of the dividers can cause harm to our neighbors whose entire families may have been killed by Republican imperialists.

Kidding on the above, those ain’t my views, but delusional liberal guilt probably explains a good deal of why Dems aren’t as patriotic.

amazingmets on July 1, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Exit question: Why don’t Democrats like to celebrate the Declaration quite so much?

Because they’re either looters, or moochers.

Hate the looters more than the moochers.

Schadenfreude on July 1, 2011 at 12:08 PM

We Conservatives/Republicans are pretty much like the Founders and the men and women who fought to free us from the tyranny of the British crown, so we celebrate our freedom. The Democrats/Liberals/socialists are a lot like the Loyalists (or maybe the people who didn’t care one way or another) who wanted to stay under the Crown and its control, and will never forgive those of us whose ancestors fought in the Revolution and the War of 1812 to stay free from tyranny.

cebj25 on July 1, 2011 at 12:08 PM

An interesting observation I had after 9/11, some of the most ostentatious displays of the flag were by liberals. I figured they were just getting “right” on the issue. And that they must be righteously annoyed because of it.

Er, not to question their patriotism, of course.

Dale Wyckoff on July 1, 2011 at 12:10 PM

The Libs hate patriotism because the Nazis were patriotic. That’s the way they think.

moc23 on July 1, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Exit question: Why don’t Democrats like to celebrate the Declaration quite so much?

Too much of that icky freedom stuff. Eewwww!

novaculus on July 1, 2011 at 12:30 PM

Could switching to Geico, really save you 15% or more on car insurance?

Are Republicans more patriotic than Democrats?

Tony737 on July 1, 2011 at 12:36 PM

When I lived in Canada, a gal I was eating dinner with said the difference between Americans and Canadians was that they did everything we did, but Canadians weren’t “a bunch of flag-wavers”. I thought to myself, and therein lie your problems. – TXmomof6

Yeah right. Have you ever watched Georges St. Pierre fight in the UFC? Look at the crowd, it’s a sea of red and white Maple Leaves!

Tony737 on July 1, 2011 at 12:40 PM

Rush, along with a truckload of his tea, is going to Joplin to celebrate the Fourth. Nice.

petefrt on July 1, 2011 at 12:53 PM

Exit question: Why don’t Democrats like to celebrate the Declaration quite so much?

Because Democrats are historically the party of sussesion and soviet infiltration.

Count to 10 on July 1, 2011 at 12:56 PM

An interesting observation I had after 9/11, some of the most ostentatious displays of the flag were by liberals. I figured they were just getting “right” on the issue. And that they must be righteously annoyed because of it.

Er, not to question their patriotism, of course.

Dale Wyckoff on July 1, 2011 at 12:10 PM

You must have missed this one, from right after 9/11. The Nation’s Katha Pollitt:

http://www.thenation.com/article/put-out-no-flags

Starts out this way, and it’s all downhill from there.

My daughter, who goes to Stuyvesant High School only blocks from the World Trade Center, thinks we should fly an American flag out our window. Definitely not, I say: The flag stands for jingoism and vengeance and war.

She got some fawning responses, too!

Thank you, Katha Pollitt. Now I know I’m not alone. I refuse to fly our flag as long as we kill people and don’t negotiate.

Thanks to Katha Pollitt for her ideas for alternatives to the American battle flag.

Del Dolemonte on July 1, 2011 at 1:21 PM

Del Dolemonte on July 1, 2011 at 1:21 PM

I remember that one Del; good catch.
While on the subject of flags; call this a survey – I’m interested in the response from various denoms and geographies.

1. Is there a flag on display in your church?
2. Is it in the sanctuary, or somewhere else?
3. Does your church display a flag outside?
4. Do you use it during processionals/recessionals?
5. Do you sing the National Anthem, or other patriotic songs, during services?
6. Are prayers for our military included in the prayers of the people/faithful part of your service?

massrighty on July 1, 2011 at 1:28 PM

San Francisco to cancel 4th of July celebrations in 5, 4, 3…

agmartin on July 1, 2011 at 1:45 PM

“The inverse is true as well. Jonah Goldberg brilliantly pointed out that the left will blame individual GOP presidents for acts of war but when Truman (rightly) dropped the bomb, when FDR bombed Dresden and interned the Japanese-Americans, when LBJ bombed Vietnam, it was America that did it.
thebrokenrattle on July 1, 2011 at 11:59 AM”

This is so true. Another example: as soon as Nixon took office the entire war effort in Viet Nam became ALL his fault. No one ever heard of JFK or LBJ and their association with VN again.

JimP on July 1, 2011 at 2:30 PM

@Kevin McCullough, @rovin: Saturation, indeed. Allah posted it to Headlines, too! Just more proof of our patriotism, right?

Tina Korbe on July 1, 2011 at 2:49 PM

Hilarious comment on this story over at Power Line, questioning the methodology of this study.

There is a well known saying in academic medicine: “While it is very easy to get information out of Boston, it is virtually impossible to get information into Boston.”

Del Dolemonte on July 1, 2011 at 2:55 PM

This is so true. Another example: as soon as Nixon took office the entire war effort in Viet Nam became ALL his fault. No one ever heard of JFK or LBJ and their association with VN again.

JimP on July 1, 2011 at 2:30 PM

Likewise, the fact that Bill Clinton and most of his fellow Democrats said Iraq was a threat and had WMDs was magically flushed down the Memory Toilet as soon as Bush invaded Iraq.

Del Dolemonte on July 1, 2011 at 2:57 PM

Not a Repub or Dem or Independent. Oh, well. God Bless America!

Christien on July 1, 2011 at 3:02 PM

Of course, Adams actually thought the “Anniversary Festival” would be celebrated July 2 — but the principle is the same.

Thats because that is the date the vote was taken, and the real date of the declaration of independence. July 4th is the date the “printer” brought the copies for signature, and the day it was actually signed.

BobMbx on July 1, 2011 at 3:38 PM

Because American Exceptionalism is antithetical to big government.

America – F*¢k yeah!!

Oh, and Happy Birthday!

Pablo Snooze on July 1, 2011 at 4:20 PM

If the revolution was won, recently, how would CNN and the other alphabet networks of the Liberal Entertainment Complex differ in their coverage of the signing of the Constitution, against such networks as FOXNews? How would the Founding Fathers that were True Conservatives fair in the press? In the NY Times? In the Washington Post? How would scum sites like “Young Turks” talk about them? What would [Special] Ed Schultz and Lawrence O’Donnel have to say about them?

Virus-X on July 1, 2011 at 4:51 PM