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Harvard Study Says 4th of July Events Are Hazardous to Liberals

posted at 10:28 am on July 1, 2011 by

From our friends at Wizbang, Rick’s found a jewel of a study.  Apparently, Forth of July events can cause patriotic emotions and in some cases convert liberal Democrats, (and their offspring), into full blown Republicans—via Paul Bedard at U.S. News:

Democratic political candidates can skip this weekend’s July 4th parades. A new Harvard University study finds that July 4th parades energize only Republicans, turn kids into Republicans, and help to boost the GOP turnout of adults on Election Day.”Fourth of July celebrations in the United States shape the nation’s political landscape by forming beliefs and increasing participation, primarily in favor of the Republican Party,” said the report from Harvard……..

…….Their findings also suggest that Democrats gain nothing from July 4th parades, likely a shocking result for all the Democratic politicians who march in them.

“There is no evidence of an increased likelihood of identifying as a Democrat, indicating that Fourth of July shifts preferences to the right rather than increasing political polarization,” the two wrote.

Also from the Harvard study:

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.

Read Rick’s complete post here……and please keep your liberal kids away from patriotic parades this weekend.  Lord knows we don’t need any more Conservative Patriots who might love their country.

Update: My bad—forgot to check the postings for similar stories by my fellow Greenroom writers—-please also check out Kevin’s post on this study.

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The 4th of July celebrations were no doubt a factor, but in my case, I think it was the Republican parents, the Navy family, the exceptional parochial school education, the obsessive reading, the church-goin’, and the firearms.

J.E. Dyer on July 1, 2011 at 2:51 PM

Michael J Fox probably played the largest role in me becoming a Republican.

His character, Alex Keaton, resonated with me as a youth. Coupled with President Reagan’s charm, I was mesmerized by what the conservative voices were saying to me.

It just made so much sense. And it continues to make sense.

ButterflyDragon on July 1, 2011 at 3:44 PM