Conservatives Are More Open-Minded Than Liberals (Are You Willing to Read More?)

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donkey elephantSome recent studies have suggested that Republicans have lower IQs than their Democratic counterparts. Another study even likened being Republican to being drunk. These have always made me scratch my head, because the Republican platform is the one of self-sufficiency. We believe that anyone can do anything, and that the safety net of welfare should never become a hammock. Plus we freed the slaves, led the civil rights movement, and demanded equal voting rights for women.

Studies may show Republicans as stupid or drunk, but gosh darn it; history shows that we’re the more open-minded party. Now several surveys have backed this thought up. Not only that, but those of us on the right side of the aisle “know more about politics and political history than Democrats.”

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Winston Churchill famously said, “If you're not a liberal at twenty you have no heart, if you're not a conservative at forty you have no brain.” As a lifelong conservative, I’ve always countered that quote with, “I guess I got my brain early.”

According to a Pew research study titled Partisan Differences in Knowledge:

GOP-sympathizers are better informed, more intellectually consistent, more open-minded, more empathetic and more receptive to criticism than their fellow Americans who support the Democratic Party.

Democrats are more likely to disengage with people they disagree with, as a much higher percentage of them will block members of the opposite party on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter than Republicans.

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Side note: I was personally blocked by Keith Olbermann on Twitter last year for calling him out on his tasteless, classless comments about how conservative commentator S.E. Cupp’s mother should’ve taken advantage of Planned Parenthood.

The idea that conservatives are more open-minded and better aware of history makes sense. Most humans try to be decent people; we do our best to live moral lives, and help those in need when we can. Liberals want to believe that the government can take care of us -- that Uncle Sam has our back. Conservatives take a look at history and learn that socialism never, ever works.

Conservatives look beyond the concept of the government helping people, and understand that the government can’t give something to someone without taking it away from someone else first. Who is the government to decide who is deserving of the earnings of another person? Let communities help each other. Americans are generous people, and I’ve never heard of one truly sad case that people didn’t rally around. Just because I don’t want to pay your health insurance so you can afford an iphone doesn’t mean that I want to deny anyone access to health care.

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Conservatives don’t believe in a cradle-to-grave society because we believe that people are capable living their own lives and making their own decisions. We don’t believe that people need special treatment because of race or gender or sexual orientation. Conservatives take the premise of caring and flesh it out, noting what works and what doesn’t, and moving forward from there.

I guess we’re just more open-minded.


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buffa... buffalove23

Yeah...conservatives not allowing same sex unions, that's totally fair and open minded. And women don't need equal pay or birth control, their job is to be in the kitchen and have children. Independents are openminded.

MsRkg MsRkg

This is seriously a joke right?

So where is your open-minded mentality when if it doesn't go with the conservative stance then the next step it make it illegal for everyone! Yea that sure sounds like being open-minded to me. I guess conservatives are only-minded when it's something they agree with.

nonmember avatar Anon

....and cue the liberals slamming this article. I loved this, and I wish liberals who encourage open mindedness would be more open towards our opinions. Not all republicans think women should be in the kitchen just like not all liberals are after government handouts. God forbid you say you're a republican nowadays, you're automatically a monster. Good for Jenny for standing up for her beliefs even though they aren't the popular majority right now.

nonmember avatar Anon.

You and Jacqueline Burt are... I don't know where to start. Stop it. One of you take the higher road because, right now, you democrats and republicans look like whiny brats who cherry pick information for your agenda. Oh, wait, that's because you and her are exactly the same. I have no use for democrats and republicans.

nonmember avatar Anon

@MsRkg: just like liberals are open minded unless you're a Christian with conservative values that you don't agree with?

Todd Vrancic

Yes, she is serious.  I have seen liberals behave in ways that make me cringe.  Before everyone jumps on me, I am a liberal.  But I do not see why being a liberal has to mean that I should abandon common courtesy.  I would not withdraw from someone just because they have different political views than I do, that would mean I would lose out on what they might have to teach me.  If we could not discuss politics civilly, I would hope that we could agree to leave politics out of discussion topics and talk of other things.  But I think name-calling and other juvenile antics are out of place for both conservatives and liberals.  I genuinely believe that everyone has a right to their opinion, and if you don't like it, you don't have to listen.  Therefore, I am one of the liberals who think that Mr. Limbaugh, for instance, should not be forcibly removed from the radio for his comments.  I think that if enough people decide that they do not wish to listen to him, the ratings would go down and then he would lose the radio spots.  She is serious, but I believe she is wrong.  I'm entitled to my opinion, too.

Pinst... Pinstripes4

To claim those things done in the past in the Republican name is a stretch, considering most scholars believe that the early Republican party has more in common with the modern day Democratic party. I think all of those studies had inflammatory motivations originally, because I'm not sure how posing the question, "Which political party is smarter?", is supposed to be helpful at all.

Saphr... SaphronScribble

"As a lifelong conservative, I’ve always countered that quote with, 'I guess I got my brain early.' Or maybe you just never got your heart...

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