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Democrats and Republicans--rhetoric and reality : comparing the voters in statistics and anecdotes

Author: Joseph Fried
Publisher: New York : Algora Pub., ©2008.
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Are Democrats more tolerant than Republicans? Are they more intelligent? Who spends more time at work and who spends more time watching TV? Why are Republicans happier? Who benefits more from Social Security? All of these questions, and many more, are answered in Democrats and Republicans - Rhetoric and Reality. It uses authoritative survey evidence and statistics to compare the conduct and achievements of the  Read more...
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Fried, Joseph.
Democrats and Republicans--rhetoric and reality.
New York : Algora Pub., ©2008
(DLC) 2007050042
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph Fried
ISBN: 9780875866055 0875866050 9780875866031 0875866034 9780875866048 0875866042 1281793752 9781281793751
OCLC Number: 270111112
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 370 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Cover --
Table Of Contents --
Preface --
Chapter 1: Lifestyle Differences --
Introduction --
General excitement --
Details --
Family, relationships, and sex --
Health and fitness --
Religion --
Entertainment and leisure --
Family finances --
Habitat --
Miscellaneous --
Trivia --
Conclusions --
Chapter 2: Who Is More Intelligent, Knowledgeable, and Educated? --
Introduction --
Details --
Who has more civic and political knowledge? --
Who has more scientific knowledge? --
Who has more formal education? --
Who is more intelligent? --
Analysis: Why Is There a Disparity? --
What Factors Correlate With Education? --
Conclusions --
Chapter 3: Who Is the Better "Working Man"? --
Introduction --
The Better Working Man --
Who is more likely to work for a living? --
Who is the more valuable worker, and why? --
The Better Working Woman --
Earnings and hours worked --
Other factors related to women workers --
Miscellaneous Work Factors for Men and Women --
Work "prestige" --
Type of work --
Other work-related information --
Conclusions --
Chapter 4: Who Gives More to Charity? --
Introduction --
Details --
Donations --
Volunteerism --
Analysis: Why Some People Give More --
Income level --
Religious beliefs and political ideology --
Conclusions --
Chapter 5: Who Pays More Taxes? --
Introduction --
Details --
Federal taxes --
State and local taxes --
Total taxes: federal, state, and local --
Conclusions --
Chapter 6: Who Is the Better Citizen? --
Introduction --
Details --
Who supports First Amendment rights? --
Who is more bigoted? --
Who contributes more to society? --
Who is more likely to participate in the political process? --
Who is more likely to avoid negative social behavior? --
Conclusions --
Chapter 7: Who Gets More from Social Security and Medicare? --
Introduction --
Caveats --
Details --
Social Security --
Medicare --
Conclusions --
Chapter 8: Who gets more welfare? --
Introduction --
Details --
Traditional (social) welfare --
Corporate welfare --
Conclusions --
Chapter 9: Who Is Happier, Who Is More Miserable, and Why? --
Introduction --
Do narrow, selfish goals lead to happiness? --
Details --
Who is happier? --
Who is more miserable? --
Why are there differences in happiness? --
Does cynicism lead to sadness? (a theory) --
Conclusions --
Chapter 10: Who Grows Up to be a Democrat, And Who Grows Up to be a Republican? --
Introduction --
Details --
How political viewpoints develop --
The parents of Democrats and Republicans --
Childhood life --
Conclusions --
Chapter 11: Do Deviants Grow Up to be Republicans? --
Introduction --
Details of a Seriously Flawed Study --
The terms "liberal" and "conservative" are too vague. --
Researcher assessments added circularity. --
Did Democrats make the conservatives look bad? --
Researcher bias --
Conclusions --
Chapter 12: Lessons to be Learned --
In My Opinion --
Introduction --
Details --
A lesson from Chapter 1: Delay having that first child --
A lesson from Chapter 2: Make civics education mandatory --
A lesson from Chapter 3: Work is the key to success --
A lesson from Chapter 4: Op.
Responsibility: Joseph Fried.

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Are Democrats more tolerant than Republicans? Are they more intelligent? Who spends more time at work and who spends more time watching TV? Why are Republicans happier? Who benefits more from Social Security? All of these questions, and many more, are answered in Democrats and Republicans - Rhetoric and Reality. It uses authoritative survey evidence and statistics to compare the conduct and achievements of the Democratic and Republican constituencies. Many of the findings are surprising. For example, Democrats and Republicans have different tendencies with regard to trust, self-esteem, "apparent intelligence," political knowledge, mental health, happiness, work hours, charity, and even body mass index. These general differences are quantifiable and statistically significant. The author principally relied on data from the General Social Survey and the American National Election Studies, rounded out by surveys conducted by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, the Gallup Organization, the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research, Harris Interactive, and other organizations. Although the book is aimed at the popular market, it has all of the supporting references and statistical significance of an academic work. Interspersed among the findings are quotations from pundits, politicians, philosophers, celebrities, fruitcakes, etc. Although some of this rhetoric is strident, the book's overall tone is objective - a refreshing alternative to the bombastic polemics we often see in modern political works. The last chapter comprises several constructive lessons that can be learned from the various Democratic-Republican comparisons. This is the most comprehensive and authoritative book written about the constituencies of our two major political parties. It should be in the personal library of anyone who is interested in American politics.

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