Do Democrats and Republicans Want the Same Thing?

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Ponder this:

Do Democrats and Republicans want the same thing? Seemingly not, right? According to a new recent study though, they may. That’s right, even though Democrats and Republicans may not always agree on taxes, they do appear to want the same things, regardless of their political identity.

Researchers asked individuals to read a fictitious news article on an “Umbrella Aid Plan”, i.e., a generous welfare plan, and a “Comprehensive Assistance Plan”, i.e., a stringent welfare plan, and indicate which they preferred. The plans were presented as proposed by Democrats in some conditions, and were presented as proposed by Republicans in other conditions.

Among the researchers’ findings was a very intriguing pattern. Although participants reported that they were not aware their judgments of the plans were influenced by the political party proposing the plans, participants were in fact influenced by such.

How so? Well, participants preferred the generous welfare plan when the fictitious news story indicated it was proposed by politicians from their preferred party.” Get more here: Do Democrats and Republicans Want the Same Thing? | Psychology Today.

What do you think? Me? I got my start in blogging social media in the political space. 4 years ago, I shut down one of the most successful political blogs in Wisconsin because it wasn’t good for my heart. It fed my need to be ‘right’ and took me to places that weren’t good for me so I walked away from it all…

Don’t get me wrong; I think there are some individuals that have made a great contribution through the political process but in the end, it seems like much ado over nothing if people “basically want the same things, regardless of their political identity”. I’ve since stopped talking about politics — too divisive — and morphed to my current focus of sharing what I’m learning along the road to recovery in hopes that fellow travelers will find strength for the journey…

One thought on “Do Democrats and Republicans Want the Same Thing?

  1. Conservative talk show host Jerry Bader said in a post that linked to this one: “I would also like to see the specifics of this study. Yes, there are those on both sides who are “brand loyal:” they accept something from their party because of the brand. But when you look at the Tea Party frustration with the establishment Republican party and when you look at the far left which believes President Obama is too moderate, I find it hard to believe this conclusion isn’t a generalization.

    Yes, conservatives believe in a safety net; but I firmly believe I would know a hammock masquerading as a safety net when I saw one, even if the sponsor had a (R) behind his or her name.”

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