The Republican Party Has Become Toxic to High Information Voters
Jul. 2nd, 2013
Last Tuesday’s special Senate election for John Kerry’s old Senate seat went mostly unnoticed as it was buried by larger political stories during the week. In the end, the Democrat Ed Markey won by a comfortable but unremarkable 10-point margin over Republican Gabriel Gomez 55-45. In a state as blue as Massachusetts, those numbers are hardly anything to crow about. However, upon closer inspection, there is one data point that stands out. In the city of Cambridge, home to both Harvard University and M.I.T, Ed Markey beat Gomez 89-11 percent. That data point stands as a testament to how toxic the Republican Party has become for high information voters.
With their disdain for intellectuals, their flat refusal to acknowledge global warming, their denial of evolution and their inability to comprehend that rape can result in pregnancy, the modern, heavily tea-stained version of the Republican Party is simply unpalatable to the vast majority of scientists, professors and other educated professionals. As GOP candidates continue to pander to aging white religious fundamentalists and conspiracy theorists, they undermine their own hopes for reclaiming the White House in 2016.
While much attention has been paid to the demographic changes that may doom the GOP as the country becomes increasingly non-white, that is only part of the Republican’s electoral problem. The other problem they face is that they have alienated highly educated voters of all races, to the point that their electoral prospects have grown dim even if they do somehow succeed in suppressing a large number of minority voters and even if they do manage to stem the flow of immigration. Tuesday’s results in Cambridge starkly illustrate the continuing erosion of support for the GOP among high information voters.
To be fair, voters in the shadow of Harvard and M.I.T have never been strong supporters of the Republican Party. However, Tuesday’s 89-11 drubbing stands as a tremendous testament to how bad things have become for the Republicans. In 2002, When Mitt Romney ran for Governor, he pulled 22 percent of the vote in Cambridge. While that may seem pretty dismal, it is still double the percentage Gabriel Gomez managed to receive on Tuesday. In the 2010 and 2012 Senate races, Scott Brown only pulled 15 percent of the city’s vote each time, but Gomez’s total plummeted even well below those pathetic numbers.
To understand how spectacular the Republican collapse has been among high information voters, not just in Cambridge, but nationally, a look at exit polls reveals the steady decline of GOP strength among highly educated voters. In 1988, George H.W. Bush trounced Michael Dukakis among voters with a Bachelor’s degree 62-37. He also carried voters with a post-graduate degree 50-48. In 2012, Barack Obama carried college-educated voters, narrowly losing those with only a bachelor’s degree but carrying post-graduate voters by a decisive margin of 55-42.
In the swing states where votes were most crucial, the results were even more lopsided. In New Hampshire Obama carried the post-graduate vote 61-37, In Wisconsin 62-37 and in Colorado 60-38. Obama carried Virginia twice, becoming the first Democratic presidential candidate to win the Old Dominion state since 1964. He did so largely on the strength of post-graduate voters in Northern Virginia. In 2012, 24 percent of the voters who turned out in Virginia had post-graduate degrees. They delivered for Obama by a 57-42 margin offsetting his losses among less educated voters.
Democratic fortunes in some swing states have relied heavily on the post-graduate shift away from the GOP. For example, George W. Bush carried Nevada and Florida in both 2000 and 2004, but both states shifted parties and went with Obama in both 2008 and 2012. While immigration and changing demographics are often given as the reason for this transformation, the party switch can just as easily be attributed to the defection of high information voters away from the GOP.
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High information voters? You mean them thar E-LEETS? Them edjycated libruls that look down awn us???
[bold]NO, YOU LIBRAULZ IS THE STTOOPPID OWNES!!1![/bold]
Fortunately, very few people can afford to go college any more so this will work out quite well for us!
this warms my heart. I really do feel that we are headed toward a liberal era once more.
Based on what I see on television and around me, the GOP will have millions of voters for years to come. (And don't forget that the "low information" types generally have more children.)
"Idiocracy " Was Prophetic
this as the new meme coming from the strongest voices in the base is that they might as well say fuck you to the changing demographics and double down on the cracker vote, as there were about two million of them who didn't vote. 'Idiocracy' indeed.
The only problem is that stupid people far outnumber intelligent people.
So r7, you're saying that stupid people were fooled by Obama in the last election or what?
Lets take information based on a droplet of data and turn it into a nationwide trend. Go!
And don't expect to get the truth from the media. If you want the real truth, you have to actually dig for it and use some common sense.
Right on all good liberals!!
I wish it were possible to know voting patterns by IQ.
All the Repugs are interested in is denying a woman access to an abortion--a legal procedure.
[quote]If the party wishes to continue to disregard the theory of evolution, they may do so at their own peril. For if the GOP fails to evolve into a party that high information voters can again support, they will eventually face political extinction. The Republicans may do everything they can to suppress the votes of students, senior citizens, and minority voters with photo ID laws, but if they continue to remain politically toxic to the highly educated, they will continue to lose elections consistently, and no amount of voter suppression will be enough to save them.
I say let the GOP die, they are worthless, useless, heartless.
Send the article to any republicans you know. Add it to your facebook news feed.
Use of an expression like "high information persons" says volumes about today's sniffs.
Duh, anybody with a brain can see that the Republicans are scum.
Very elitist article. Who knew democrat viewers were such hateful snobs.
[quote] Very elitist article. Who knew democrat viewers were such hateful snobs.
A Freeper will call anyone who has read anything other than the bible an elitist. The phrase 'democrat viewers' says all I need to know about you.
Idiocracy will win in the end.
[quote]With their disdain for intellectuals, their flat refusal to acknowledge global warming, their denial of evolution and their inability to comprehend that rape can result in pregnancy, the modern, heavily tea-stained version of the Republican Party is simply unpalatable to the vast majority of scientists, professors and other educated professionals. As GOP candidates continue to pander to aging white religious fundamentalists and conspiracy theorists, they undermine their own hopes for reclaiming the White House in 2016.
That is the very definition of solipsism.
[quote]Very elitist article. Who knew democrat viewers were such hateful snobs.
Anyone who has read a political thread on DL.
The problem with this is that any democrat who runs will be centrist. In other words they could be the republican of 40 years ago. No candidate who is leftist can get elected. There will be no push for pensions for workers or a FICA tax to cover larger wages or bigger gains in alternative energies. Education will be put aside except as business demands training for employees because they've stopped doing it.
In related news, water is still wet.
"High information" is not the same as "intelligent."
[quote]Very elitist article. Who knew democrat viewers were such hateful snobs.
Like we need an article to tell us you people aren't very bright. Do you understand that your ideology lacks any semblance or consistency?
"We believe in small government... except when it comes to deciding every fucking thing about a person's personal life."
what exactly is 'hateful' about the article? that it points out that only stupid people now vote Republican? that's not hateful, it's true, and everybody has known it for some time now. Stupid people and greedy people are the only face of the present-day Republican party.
Right R27, and all gays are pedophiles.
A person can be a "High Information," well educated, liberal voter and still be a "conspiracy theorist."
Indeed, it's hard to imagine anyone "high information" not being a conspiracy theorist.
 No, as the article clearly shows Bush Senior winning educated voters in 2008, and last time I checked he was not a liberal. However, since 1988 the GOP has moved so far to the right of Bush Senior's 1988 platform, or even Reagan's 1984 platform, Obama comfortably won educated voters overall in 2012
Voting has become toxic to high information people.
High information people have become toxic to everyone else.
Heaven forbid that the low-information people ever get a majority again.
R32 is an idiot.
Yes, the highly informed are certainly not going to vote republican, because they are onto their game.
Unfortunately being a high information voter often means you are less likely to breed. Meanwhile, the dumb hicks and Evangelical nutjobs breed like rabbits.
I eat old people's excrement.
It says something where they cannot even use the word "intelligent" or even "educated."
R34 believes he is a high information person because he votes D.
Since when did the Repo party cater to anyone who wanted information?
R39, anyone who votes D over R is more intelligent and informed than someone who votes R over D.
, No shit!
Let's face it, if you have a brain, you can't vote Republican or Libertarian.
But Democrats are also bought and paid for.
Re-read R39 and R44 and understand why it is pointless.
The logic of their statements is simply 9 or 10 years beyond, ".. because you're a supido, that's why .."
No, R44... the Democratic Party is not bought and paid for.
Individuals within it certainly are. Most are called "DINOs" or "Blue Dogs".
Still, better a DINO or Blue Dog than a Republican or Libertarian at this point.
Get rid of the worst before bitching about the rest.
High information voters do not vote republican. Period.
Sad thing is, the Democratic aren't all that...yet compared with the nut jobs in the republican party....the Dems are a voice of reason.
Sadly, R47 is right.
The Republican party is officially toxic to ALL Americans... some just don't realize it yet.
High information voters is a load of crap. You can have people on both sides of the spectrum that are high information, you just might not agree with their information.
R51, nobody mentioned Rush Limbaugh. There are valid and invalid sources of information on both sides.
[quote]The only problem is that stupid people far outnumber intelligent people.
Not to worry. The GOP has seen fit to hate not only smart people, but to also hate brown people, black people, immigrant people, gay people, young people, female people who want birth control, and the list just keeps expanding.
Wrong, R50. Conservatives and libertarians are objectively wrong; liberals are objectively right.
R54, your opinion, but certainly not the only one out there. Only a simpleton can see one side of an argument/issue.
So, R55, you can 'see' the side of the argument that says gay people don't deserve equality?
[quote]High information voters is a load of crap. You can have people on both sides of the spectrum that are high information, you just might not agree with their information.
I agree. I don't think it's that conservatives are dumb. We'll go with reality when it comes to their side of the spectrum:
[quote]The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. -John Kenneth Galbraith
[quote]There are valid and invalid sources of information on both sides.
When 80% of the information on one side is flat out wrong, distorted, spun, or out-right lies... and maybe 20% on the other side...
Seriously. High Information (that is INFORMATION, not MISINFORMATION) voters will not vote Republican. Information does not support ANYTHING the Republicans or Conservatives are doing. Only lies, propaganda, spin, and misinformation support their crap.
R55, it's not an opinion.
Conservatives/Republicans so often confuse their ignorant opinions for fact... and actual facts for opinion.
R56, what a dad, myopic, little world you live in where gay rights are the only issue that determines your vote.
R59 and Democrats/progressives/liberals do not? Denial ain't just a river dear.
Three words, R61:
R55 R60, you do realize you're on a gay website? I realize lots of trolls are out today. Perhaps you're confused.
And interesting Freudian slip. Dad? Seems many Republicans have daddy issues. Please love me, daddy. Please. See, I can hate gay people just the way you do, daddy.
Jimmy Kimmel asked a group of high-information conservatives what they think about the ACA, and what they think about Obamacare.
The Republican party is the Treason Party. The nation will not be safe until its leaders are extinguished, preferably by being ousted by a new wave of progressives on the inside. All of you need to start running for Congress as Republicans and get the government employees' union to turn out for you in the primary. That's how we can end their madness. Republican primary votes are so small, far less than 10% of the electorate, that they are in fact highly vulnerable, which is how such a bunch of traitors and criminals got into their leadership in the first place. Dems aren't much better - which is how the Republicans took over the Dem party. But the Dem party is harder for progressives to take over, rooted as it is in strong urban corruption networks. The Republican party is so weak and disorganized, in contrast, it should be child's play for an aggressive and smart government employees' union and teachers' union to take out.
My god R64, you will eat any shit the "left" spoon feeds towards your fat mouth. Think for yourself some time.
No, R61. Compared to Republicans/Conservatives, they don't. People on the left in this country (liberals, progressives, Democrats) are all far more fact-based, reality-based, and knowledgeable of actual history, cause-and-effect, and long-term consequences than anyone who is on the right (conservatives, Tea Partiers, Republicans).
It's not even a contest really.
You can find examples, of course. But that doesn't change the fact that the trends are vastly different for the two sides.
R67 is projecting again, accusing others of what he's doing himself, shoveling right-wing propaganda shit into his brain in heaping shovel-fulls while ignoring fact-checking sites, snopes, reality, facts, and history.
Conservatives think the moon creates its own light because the bible says so. You cant get more low information than that.
What these morons call "hard left" would be too extreme for Merkel and Cameron. The American electorate gets to choose between the BNP and the Conservatives by UK standards, or the NPD versus the CDU by German ones. Full fascist versus right-wing.
[quote]My god [R64], you will eat any shit the "left" spoon feeds towards your fat mouth. Think for yourself some time.
Maybe that's your problem? The fact that you people on the right think for yourself to the point that you think your bullshit opinions supersede FACTS.
No, R70, some religious loons believe that, hardly a representative sample. There are quite a few left leaning god bothering loons, just like there are many of us who are gay, atheists and republican.
Gay atheist republicans make no more sense than jewish gay Nazis.
Liberals are the stupidest people on the planet.
But they THINK they're so smart.
And they don't do anything without checking with the herd first.
It had to be said and R75 said it.
I have always found it odd that Republicans starting with Richard Nixon could not/cannot stand smart educated people. It's gotten so that they can get away with calling someone a bad person because they have a PhD or are bright.
Hell, Limbaugh says science is one the three pillars of evil in the US. Can you get more obtuse than that? It's ridiculous.
Three decades of aggressive anti-intellectual culture that started with the Reagan administration. Simple things that should be accepted common knowledge - evolution, climate change, economics - are all called into question by people who barely know what they're talking about.
Popular Science closing their comments section is just one symptom of aggressive anti-intellectualism in American society.
In related news, R75 could levitate tables with the amount of projection he's generating.
You mean it wasn't ALWAYS toxic to high information voters?
[quote]Hell, Limbaugh says science is one the three pillars of evil in the US. Can you get more obtuse than that?
Hmm, maybe he should give up his Viagra and oxycontin since science created them.
Anti-intellectualism will be the death of U.S. superiority... where it hasn't been lost already.
The party of Eisenhower and William F Buckley, jr. is now the party of Rushbo and Hannity. Yikes.
R75, I'll give you an example of how stupid and transparent conservatives are:
For eight years (six of the eight with a GOP Congress), you watched a man spend TWO TRILLION dollars on wars - one of which we know was based on lies and his party *USED* 3500 deaths on US soil (because he didn't protect us on US soil) to get that war. He gave tax cuts to the wealthiest during this war and told the rest of us to go by duct tape. He also went on to give a trillion dollars to Banks/Wall Street under TARP. You people kept your mouths shut for eight fucking years and the moment Obama was elected, he was apparently responsible for EVERYTHING that had happened and if we ever mentioned Bush, you idiots would respond "still blaming Bush." The problem was you NEVER did blame him. You have the mindset of petulant children.
Four deaths in a volatile nation became "impeachment" fodder. What Obama had for breakfast became grounds for impeachment.
You are the stupidest, most hypocritical bunch of losers we have ever had the misfortune of living with in this country.
Go fuck yourselves. Every last one of you.
The world is laughing at us. We're nothing but a joke, because the inmates are running the asylum.
buy* duct tape
R75 is just another example of clueless conservatives engaging in pathological projection: Accusing others of what is actually true of themselves.
The lack of self-awareness among conservatives is just stunning to witness.
[quote]America needs a final solution.
I couldn't have said it better myself