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US Flag Makes People Think, Vote Republican

From an incensed US News & World Report:

Shock Study: U.S. Flag Only Boosts GOP

By Paul Bedard
Posted: July 20, 2011

Just a brief exposure to an image of the American flag shifts voters, even Democrats, to Republican beliefs, attitudes and voting behavior even though most don’t believe it will impact their politics, according to a new two-year study just published in the scholarly Psychological Science.

What’s more, according to three authors from the University Chicago, Cornell University and Hebrew University, the impact had staying power.

"A single exposure to an American flag resulted in a significant increase in participants’ Republican voting intentions, voting behavior, political beliefs, and implicit and explicit attitudes, with some effects lasting 8 months," the study found. "These results constitute the first evidence that nonconscious priming effects from exposure to a national flag can bias the citizenry toward one political party and can have considerable durability."

Theirs is the first study to look at the political impact on Americans who have seen an American flag, and it seems to back up another recent Harvard University professor’s study that found that kids who attended a July 4th parade ended up leaning Republican when they grew up…

For this study, the scholars asked mostly Democratic-leaning voters to join in the survey conducted just before the 2008 election of President Obama over Sen. John McCain. All were given a survey to fill out. Half of those surveys included a small picture of an American flag in the top left corner.

Some 90 percent said that they believed their voting behavior wouldn’t be influenced by the presence of a flag.

But after asking how the participants voted, the study concluded:

"In contrast to the beliefs of the participants in the pilot study, the results from the experiments reported here show that exposure to the American flag introduces a bias toward the Republican Party over the Democratic Party. In one experiment, we tested whether subtle exposure to the American flag shifted people’s beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors toward the Republican end of the political continuum. We found that a single exposure to a small American flag during deliberation about voting intentions prior to a general election led to significant and robust changes in participants’ voting intentions, voting behavior, and political attitudes, all in the politically conservative direction."

And apparently politics didn’t have anything to do with how those shown the flag changed their voting.

"It is important to note that political ideology and party affiliation did not moderate these effects. That is, both liberal and conservative participants were influenced by the flag prime, and in the same (conservative) direction," said the study.

Eight months after the election eve survey, the group was then asked about Obama’s performance and remarkably those in the group shown the American flag on the initial survey "felt less positively about Obama’s job performance."

To be fair, there could be something more than the exposure to the flag at work here. Like the exposure to the results of Mr. Obama’s policies.

To prove the shocking results, the scholars in the spring of 2010 conducted another test, this time to see if exposure to an American flag produces a bias toward Republicanism, rather than the party that controls the White House. For this, they showed some pictures of buildings that included a flag, and others photos with the flag digitally erased.

That result: "Subtle exposure to the American flag significantly shifted both Democratic and Republican participants’ beliefs, attitudes, and voting behavior toward Republicanism."

So why would a symbol of America, of patriotism, be more associated with the Republican Party than the Democrat Party? (This is a rhetorical question.)

You can read the results of the two-year study here.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, July 21st, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

14 Responses to “US Flag Makes People Think, Vote Republican”

  1. katie

    I hated the flag before I got saved.

  2. How long until they replace Old Glory with Obama’s face on a field of red ink?
    Just break out the old Nazi flag and replace the swastika with a big freakin’ O. Same difference.

    • proreason

      Don’t laugh.

      I think it’s 90% that the name of the next US aircraft carrier (if there ever is another one) will be the USS Barack Obama.

      I think it’s 95% that Obama’s face will be on the $100 bill (or another common bill) within 10 years. I think the $100 is most likely because Franklin isn’t a president, and because of the prestige of the $100 bill.

      I think it’s 50% that Obama’s face will be on Mt Rushmore within 20 years.

    • JohnMG

      …..”I think it’s 90% that the name of the next US aircraft carrier (if there ever is another one) will be the USS Barack Obama……”

      Not that I’m in favor of putting his name anywhere but on a “ten-most-wanted” poster for arrest and prosecution for criminal behavior, but the only sea vessel his name should be on is a garbage scow. (Although there is a good arguement for Obama as an “American destroyer”.)

      Sadly,, just think if the Moron HAD worn a lapel pin of the flag,, and this study is valid. Things might have turned out differently on ’08.

    • Petronius

      In 10 more years $100 Obamas won’t buy you a pack of gum.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      FDR, our legendary third “termite” was speculated as having the same honors. However, he only made it to the dime. But for the dedicated liar, my vote is for his likeness defacing the newly minted three dollar bill, and all that goes with that. Plus, it would be the only denomination no one would accept. And unlike other currency, when you wash it, it would return back to its original “blank slate” look…a plain piece of linen that you could draw your own money on it. You could label it anything and people who didn’t know any better would accept it “at face value” so to speak. Or, it could be made from one of those holograms that when you look at it one way, it shows you one thing, but when viewed from another direction, it looks different. So many possibilities.

      See how versatile it could be?

  3. canary

    New propaganda the liberals are using is name changes of orgs, (as in trying not to use the .orgs) and pics of patriotic words and photos, like flags and liberty bells. You have to read the blogs and stuff now, in order to find out if it’s liberal or conservative.
    The muslims orgs are doing this too. Aside the watering down of English versions of the Koran,
    now they lure with what the call Chrislam. And then there’s the new sect that Christ was a slave of muslims.

  4. In the old B-rolls, a cross held up to a vampire would deflect him.

    Given the pious nature of our founders, the holy rejection to the unholy bloodsucking creatures is not surprising.

    It is pure torture for democrats such as Obama to stand near a United States flag.

    I believe they also do not like sunlight.

  5. TerryAnne

    This has to be the dumbest, most outrageous study I have ever seen in my life!!!!!

    So are we to now vote like the Soviet Union, China, North Korea and East Germany…grey rooms with only a picture of Dear Leader? Or how long until the American flag is completely made illegal?

    I hate people.

  6. Enthalpy

    Since the present Leftist leadership have no allegiance to the United States, we shouldn’t be surprised about their attitudes towards our flag. What does the Globalist flag look like?

  7. yadayada

    geee… I wonder what a glimpse of the flag of Californiacate makes people think of.
    big red star, big roaming bear, emblazoned with the words (People’s) “Republic of California”
    no wonder people there have been voting communist for so long.


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