People with a graduate degree or higher are far more likely to be Democrats, but much more likely to put social well being and the poor and working class ahead of their own interests.
Higher educated individuals tend to identify themselves as moderates or liberal, in part due to their education and experiences.
There are more millionaires who are Democrats than Republicans, but they are less likely to put their own wealth and share holder profits ahead of jobs in America, health insurance and basic human needs for all Americans.
The actual percentage of the 1%, the wealthiest Americans, are divided along the same political lines as the general population, meaning that 53% are registered Democrats, 41% Republican and the rest "independent" or "no affiliation."
Republicans are far more likely to paint America as in trouble and decline.
Republicans point to social decline and erosion of traditional morals.
Democrats see a decline in their own lives, and turn to tradition and faith as answers.
Republicans see a decline in our morals, and turn to tradition and faith as answers.
Democrats see America as great and the leader in the world and are patriots. So do Republicans.
Democrats do see the glass as half empty on personal matters, from income to living standards.
Democrats are more likely to attend church than Republicans (believe it or not).
Democrats and Republicans both believe in the American Dream, upward mobility, a proud place for America in the world and the future of our children, their children and generations to come. (Both feel the same but claim the other does not).
Democrats and Republicans both believe in patriotism, American and support of the military. Cuts in the budget were mandated by a Republican Congress which spent the last year calling for budget cuts and a balanced budget. The Military has been working on monderisation and a shift in mission for over twenty years, requiring fewer combants in arms and a faster response both technologically and strategic. As an example, 17 nations can now sink an aircraft carrier on the first shot, American bases overseas are within harms way on a first strike by another nation, and there are increasing rogue nations (a far different threat than the Soviet Cold War threat the Baby Boom grew up with).
The reality of the world we live in is...
The US has the strongest military in the world.
The US is the top exporter in the world.
The US is the top importer in the world.
We export more then we import.
Industry and industrial jobs have increased under the Obama administration.
The number of new jobs has grown rapidly under the Obama administration.
Americans ave the third highest standard of living in the world (the top two are "European" states the Republicans say we are wrong in looking at for solutions and change). .
The US just slipped to number two as exporter but is poised to regain number one.
The US has among the lowest unemployment levels in the world (only counties with guaranteed employment are higher).
Is only two generations from providing the war machine and energy to help win a world war on two major and far apart fronts.
Still remains the innovation center for the worlds, with inventions and systems.
Has two of the top five corporations in the world based in the US and employing primarily Americans.
Caught Osama Bin Laden, caught Saddam Hussein, helped free Lybia without the loss of one American life, pulled out of Iraq on schedule, is set to pull out of Afghanistan on schedule, militarily defeated all foes (although in today's religious and philosophical world a military victory may be a long term defeat...it remains to be see).
The Democrats ended pre-existing condition discrimination and the deaths that it causes, brought women to equality status, allowed for families to save money by insuring students or children living in their home up to age 28....
Sources: Pew Trust, Gallop, Congressional Record, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, the Journal of American History, the Journal of Political Science.
The US remains the Greatest Nation on Earth, however Republicans love saying we have declines and the fault lies in a president with exactly three years in the job, currently fighting a "just say no" Republican Congress.
First posted 2-2-2012