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Liberals hate more, says survey

Yes, it’s true. And it’s research done at a university with strong lefty credentials, so it’s got to be true, right? The University of Michigan’s national election study uses a 1-100 thermometer to gauge people’s love (a high number) or hate (a low number) for public figures. In today’s divided political landscape, conservatives and liberals give each other pretty much the same thermometer readings, within a point of each other, with liberals hating conservatives a bit more than conservatives hate liberals, if you can believe the survey.

In 2004, the University of Michigan’s American National Election Studies (ANES) survey asked about 1,200 American adults to give their thermometer scores of various groups. People in this survey who called themselves “conservative” or “very conservative” did have a fairly low opinion of liberals — they gave them an average thermometer score of 39. The score that liberals give conservatives: 38. Looking only at people who said they are “extremely conservative” or “extremely liberal,” the right gave the left a score of 27; the left gives the right an icy 23. So much for the liberal tolerance edge.

So, conservatives aren’t the haters libs make them out to be, maybe even less so than liberals. But what about the so-called Bush Derangement Syndrome? Does it exist? You betcha:

[T]hose on the extreme left give President Bush an average temperature of 15 and Vice President Cheney a 16. Sixty percent of this group gives both men the absolute lowest score: zero.

To put this into perspective, note that even Saddam Hussein (when he was still among the living) got an average score of eight from Americans. The data tell us that, for six in ten on the hard left in America today, literally nobody in the entire world can be worse than George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.

But here’s the clincher emphasis added:

In 1998, Bill Clinton and Al Gore were hardly popular among conservatives. Still, in the 1998 ANES survey, Messrs. Clinton and Gore both received a perfectly-respectable average temperature of 45 from those who called themselves extremely conservative. While 28% of the far right gave Clinton a temperature of zero, Gore got a zero from just 10%. The bottom line is that there is simply no comparison between the current hatred the extreme left has for Messrs. Bush and Cheney, and the hostility the extreme right had for Messrs. Clinton and Gore in the late 1990s.

(Link via Michelle Malkin)

4 Responses to “Liberals hate more, says survey”

  • Jan

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  • Mar

    The more I think about this, Jon, the more disingenuous it seems. When liberals talk about conservative “hate”, they’re generally talking about people being harassed, forced to quit their jobs, raped, or murdered. What you’re talking about is verbal dissent.

    Nice spin relabeling “having a low opinion” as “hate”, though — all you have to do is use a slightly different definition of a word and, hey, that proves liberals are hypocrites.

    But maybe that’s not how you meant it.

    And do I really need to explain the figures on Bush vs. Saddam? We hold our democratic presidents to somewhat higher standards, I should think, than we hold foreign dictators. When we elect someone, we place a certain amount of trust in him — even if individually we didn’t vote for him. The anger comes from betrayal of that trust. None of us (except Cheney/Rumsfeld, of course) put any trust in Saddam, so there’s no betrayal when we find out he’s a seriously bad egg. Heck, he didn’t even have anything to do with 9/11; most of the hijackers were from Saudi Arabia. (So who do we attack, in our quest for vengeance? Iraq, of course; we don’t want to hurt our nice friends the Saudis. Mo pokes Curly, Curly bashes Larry.) Bush, on the other hand, swore to high heaven he would uphold the Constitution he’s spent the past 7 years gouging holes in.

    So tell me how those 60% on the left are misguided.

  • Mar

    Where’s all this conservative harassing, raping, murdering and job-taking? That’s as generalized a slander as one is ever likely to hear. Ask Geraldine Ferraro about liberal harassment, or Harvard President Larry Summers about being forced by liberals to quit one’s job, or ask the Duke lacrosse team about liberals and rape. As for murder, ask the Weathermen, whose leader is a friend of Barack Obama.

    If you were really that concerned about the Constitution you’d be upset with liberals who have made it their top priority for 60 years to subvert the document, and very successfully, sad to say. Read it sometimes and try to find 95 percent of the federal government power that liberals claim is there.

  • Mar

    Okay, I need to be more specific in my charges; point taken. Conservatives in general are not guilty of those things. However, people who are guilty of those things (“murder and harassment of gay people” being my example of choice because I can probably lay my hands on sources fairly quickly) are overwhelmingly conservative by allegiance, and commit those acts in the name of the conservative cause of “preserving social order”.

    Re Constitution abuse: I’m very concerned about that, yes, and I will document it. Can you give me any sources, links?

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