Harvard University study finds July 4th parades are right-wing and energizes only Republicans, boost adult GOP election day turnout and turns kids into Republicans.
A Harvard study finds that July 4th parades energize only Republicans, turn kids into Republicans, and help to boost the GOP turnout of adults on election day. Er, who is funding these ridiculous studies? So, what’s next? An analysis of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? The study was written by Harvard Kennedy School Assistant Professor David Yanagizawa-Drott and Bocconi University Assistant Professor Andreas Madestam.
“Fourth of July celebrations in the United States shape the nation’s political landscape by forming beliefs and increasing participation, primarily in favor of the Republican Party.” said the report from Harvard.
“The political right has been more successful in appropriating American patriotism and its symbols during the 20th century. Survey evidence also confirms that Republicans consider themselves more patriotic than Democrats. According to this interpretation, there is a political congruence between the patriotism promoted on Fourth of July and the values associated with the Republican party. Fourth of July celebrations in Republican dominated counties may thus be more politically biased events that socialize children into Republicans.” Source: US News
Two words — bullsh*t! I would love to know who paid to fund this ridiculous piece of junk? The money would have been better spent on helping inner city schools get new books comparable to those in the wealthy suburbs.