Pew makes it official: Republicans are smarter than Democrats

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In spite of the readily accepted notion that the intellectual elite take up residence on the left side of the aisle, Republicans are actually smarter than Democrats.

At least, that’s what a study by the Pew Research Center tells us.

That Republicans are more knowledgeable is not all that surprising to anyone paying attention. There is a reason “low-information voters” vote Democrat.

And Pew’s latest survey only reaffirms previous surveys demonstrating the same result, the Center for Individual Freedom reported.

In a 2010 Pew survey, Republicans outperformed their Democrat counterparts on 10 of 12 questions, with that performance improving in the latest survey to include every single one of 19 questions asked.

As noted by Pew:

“Republicans generally outperformed Democrats on the current quiz.  On 13 of the 19 questions, Republicans score significantly higher than Democrats and there are no questions on which Democrats did better than Republicans.  In past knowledge quizzes, partisan differences have been more muted, though Republicans often have scored somewhat higher than Democrats.” 

Pew’s survey of 1,168 adults was conducted during September and October of last year, and respondents were asked multiple-choice questions and queries using maps, photographs and symbols — proof that Democrats were polled.

Among other subjects, participants identified international leaders, Cabinet members, Supreme Court justices, nations on a world map, the current unemployment and poverty rates and war casualty totals.

Perhaps, the real lesson to be learned is that the value of world-class propaganda can successfully create the impression that Democrats have a monopoly on intelligence.

Tom Tillison

Tom Tillison

Tom is a grassroots activist who distinguished himself as one of the top conservative bloggers in Florida before joining BizPac Review.
Tom Tillison


  • Helen

    Umm, factually incorrect. The Pew found no partisan differences in their most recent study (which was in 2013, not 2010). Sounds like someone was desperate to make a headline.

  • KB Cook

    I suspected this to be true all the time. Only my reasoning was instigated by a statement made incessantly by my maternal grandmother, who said (while serving abundant cookies and milk while I did my homework at her house most frequently and because of the cookies), "Readers are leaders."

    From my perspective, Conservative voters are Readers of books, articles, and other printed publications rather than mere hearers of media-output to the masses. When someone pre-chews your food, you really don't get the most value and greater benefit from the meat.

  • http://facebook karen barr

    Republicans are more book smart but democrats are more street smart which is not a good thing.

    • KB Cook

      Are you saying that Republicans with greater "book smart" is not a good thing or are you saying that Democrats with greater "street smart" is not a good thing? The comparison you make is not clear by the say you stated it. Please clarify. Thanks.

  • Doug Hanks

    However, Greenpeace party members did much better on the Jumble.

  • andrew kelley

    and libertarians are by far the smarter of the three. We understand the Philosophical notions of Freedom and Responsibility, and their cost. ak

  • http://Bizpac Ted

    I suppose the results of this quiz will make some of the GOP members comforted. BUT, the glaring question is : "If the Republicans are smarter than the Democrats, WHY did they lose the election? Using excuses, like "low information voters", and "Obama won by giving stuff away", really points up the fact that these "smart" people got smoked. You'd think that the GOP could use some of this "smartness" to reach these unfortunate, uninformed voters. So, still the question: WA' HAPPEN'D? Smart people can also suffer from encephalanal blockage. I suggest that this might be the case, at least for this election. If this sort of results comfort you, please enjoy. Next time, just say to yourself, "I am smarter than the Democrats". See it that alone will get the GOP the elected office. I don't think so. Really.

    • Matthew Owers

      Ted..I’ll tell you “wa happen’d”. As wise men have known for centuries, direct democracy will always be tilted towards stupid people, because there are more of them. They are more susceptible to the emotional pleas of liberals. And you had the whole “identity politics” thing going…so there’s that.

      No question that Republicans are smarter than Democrats. Its silly to suggest otherwise.

  • George Blumel

    It is obvious that low-information voters are Democrats–most are completely ignorant of economics, history, the Constitution and virtually every other subject except maybe MTV, situation TV shows and celebrities. Oh, and where to go for the freebies.

  • George Blumel

    Did the Pew study also note that Republicans are also better-looking than Democrats?

  • Doug Hanks

    Andrew….you cant be the smarter of the three. Superlative case says you must be the smartest.

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