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View Poll Results: Your level of education and political affiliation?
Republican - PhD 1 2.08%
Republican - Master's degree 4 8.33%
Republican - Bachelor's degree 8 16.67%
Republican - some college or none 4 8.33%
Democrat - PhD 1 2.08%
Democrat - Master's degree 2 4.17%
Democrat - Bachelor's degree 7 14.58%
Democrat - some college or none 4 8.33%
Independent - PhD 0 0%
Independent - Master's degree 5 10.42%
Independent - Bachelor's degree 6 12.50%
Independent - some college or none 6 12.50%
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Old 09-12-2008, 01:15 PM   #16
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Re: Education and political affiliation

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Gallup Poll: Education, Race, Income and Political Affiliation

Pretty much split down the middle on education until you get to post-graduate where Obama has a 13 point advantage.

I think that raises an interesting "chicken or egg" question. Do those with post-grad degrees favor Obama because they're more intelligent and more intelligent people just favor Obama? Do the universities tend toward a Democrat position because they're more intelligent, or are they a product of a largely Democratic/liberal university system and the system attracts its own? Essentially are the universities predominantly Democratic and therefore the people who thrive in that environment (i.e. go on to obtain a post-grad degree) tend to be Democrats also?

Obviously each side would like to claim one position or the other. I think simply looking at the poll and concluding that "Smarter people favor Obama" is an oversimplification - it deserves some more thought.
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Old 09-12-2008, 03:30 PM   #17
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This might be more useful:

Gallup Poll: Education, Race, Income and Political Affiliation

Pretty much split down the middle on education until you get to post-graduate where Obama has a 13 point advantage.

I think that raises an interesting "chicken or egg" question. Do those with post-grad degrees favor Obama because they're more intelligent and more intelligent people just favor Obama? Do the universities tend toward a Democrat position because they're more intelligent, or are they a product of a largely Democratic/liberal university system and the system attracts its own? Essentially are the universities predominantly Democratic and therefore the people who thrive in that environment (i.e. go on to obtain a post-grad degree) tend to be Democrats also?

Obviously each side would like to claim one position or the other. I think simply looking at the poll and concluding that "Smarter people favor Obama" is an oversimplification - it deserves some more thought.
universities have been known for a long time as being VERY skewed towards liberal politics. and it's not obama, it's democrats in general, though he's a liberal's liberal. It started after WWII, i's assume vietnam had a big hand in it, and now i'd tend to think that there's probably some indoctrination, at least for those that get phd's and stay in the world of academia.

as far as which party is smarter, i don't think you can prove it either way. if you poll CEOs and top level business managers, you'd probably get skewed conservative views, and i'd wager, even if they don't have as many phds (specialty knowledge), they're just as smart.
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It will largely depend upon the discipline in which the degree was obtained.

Obama may be leading amongst all those with post-graduate degrees. But break that down by discipline; those with MBAs I can vitrually assure will favor Republicans. Those with degrees in science and math fields will favor Democrats. Those with law degrees will favor Democrats by a pretty wide margin.

And actually a lot of that can be explained by simply following the money. MBAs work for corporations for the most part, and they tend to like lower corporate tax rates for obvious reasons. Scientific researchers depend upon federal and state funding, which Democrats tend to provide more of.
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Yes, if you count EARTHQUAKE...lol
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Well if I can just find another one of these smart doctors selling their house "for sale by owner" I can make another killing. Sorry a degree has nothing to do with life.
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Well if I can just find another one of these smart doctors selling their house "for sale by owner" I can make another killing. Sorry a degree has nothing to do with life.
Yes and no. The paper itself means nothing in terms of intellect (in a lot of cases, there are plenty where it does), but whether I or you like it or not, I am more likely to get a job cause of my MBA. It sets me above others. Right or wrong, that degree opens doors for me. That's the reason I got it. I grew up in a poor house...and I mean poor. I saw my father was a useless POS and didn't want to work...but yet he complained that everyone got jobs over him. I didn't want to be like him, so I made sure I wasn't. I got an education even though I had NO HELP other than financial aid that I am still paying back. I even had a full time job while I went to school full time...had to in order to pay for school and food etc.
So you are right in saying the degree has nothing to do with life, but you are also wrong cause there is an advantage in life to having a degree.
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Interesting. There are more educated Republicans than Democrats. Who woud've guessed that? (just ribbing the Dems, this is far from an accurate poll yet)

I'm actually surprised because this site seems to lean to the left most of the time, which is not surprising considering it being a D.C. team's site.
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Interesting. There are more educated Republicans than Democrats. Who woud've guessed that? (just ribbing the Dems, this is far from an accurate poll yet)

I'm actually surprised because this site seems to lean to the left most of the time, which is not surprising considering it being a D.C. team's site.
Give me a couple more years, I'll soon be able to be under the Democratic PHD column. I'm a work in progress.
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Interesting. There are more educated Republicans than Democrats. Who woud've guessed that? (just ribbing the Dems, this is far from an accurate poll yet)

I'm actually surprised because this site seems to lean to the left most of the time, which is not surprising considering it being a D.C. team's site.
Makes me wonder if this poll where "which side do you lean, left or right, and education level" what the results would be. While I have an MBA, I certainly lean to the right. (anything else would be wrong)
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Give me a couple more years, I'll soon be able to be under the Democratic PHD column. I'm a work in progress.
What are you wanting to do "when you grow up"? hehe
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What are you wanting to do "when you grow up"? hehe
I'm a psychology major right now. I'm done next fall with my BA if I can mash enough credits into the next 2 semesters (and if I take classes in the Summer) if not I'm done Spring of 10, then I'm reading full steam into my Masters, because I always have to hear about how there are no jobs for 4 year psych majors. And I know how I am, if I take time off, I'll never end up going back.

Can't say I'm too sure what I want to do.. Wouldn't mind working in a psych facility.. And I like listening to people's problems.. Maybe a marriage counselor? Or working with kids/teens.. Eh. Not sure yet.

Guess I still have a little more time to figure it out.
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I'm a psychology major right now. I'm done next fall with my BA if I can mash enough credits into the next 2 semesters (and if I take classes in the Summer) if not I'm done Spring of 10, then I'm reading full steam into my Masters, because I always have to hear about how there are no jobs for 4 year psych majors. And I know how I am, if I take time off, I'll never end up going back.

Can't say I'm too sure what I want to do.. Wouldn't mind working in a psych facility.. And I like listening to people's problems.. Maybe a marriage counselor? Or working with kids/teens.. Eh. Not sure yet.

Guess I still have a little more time to figure it out.
Well good luck to you. School was one of the hardest things I ever did. I hated it. When I graduated with my bachelors, I didn't even care, I dove head first in the masters program...now when I finished that, I gave a massive sigh of relief knowing I never had to do that again.

About what field to pick, I would suggest you looking inward and seeing what you're best at. For instance, if you have never been married, or have an unsuccessful marriage, marriage counseling is probably not for you. But if you have a passion for youngsters, that could be a possible avenue. It's all about you on how you pick.

ps- I was a pysch major at one time, and ended up minoring in it.
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I'm a psychology major right now. I'm done next fall with my BA if I can mash enough credits into the next 2 semesters (and if I take classes in the Summer) if not I'm done Spring of 10, then I'm reading full steam into my Masters, because I always have to hear about how there are no jobs for 4 year psych majors. And I know how I am, if I take time off, I'll never end up going back.

Can't say I'm too sure what I want to do.. Wouldn't mind working in a psych facility.. And I like listening to people's problems.. Maybe a marriage counselor? Or working with kids/teens.. Eh. Not sure yet.

Guess I still have a little more time to figure it out.
Very smart decision to move full steam ahead and get all of your education done without ever stopping.

I went that route after listening to the advice of countless people who never went back to get their masters. They all said the same thing, once you stop and the longer you're out of the classroom, the harder it is to get back into it.

I graduated college in May of '01 and started my masters 3 months later. I pushed through and was really glad I did. Because now, being 29 years old, I don't think you could pay me enough to get me back in the classroom. It's all true, the longer you're out, the more you want to leave that phase of life behind. Good luck to you.
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