Pew Research: Liberals More Likely to Drop Friends Because of Political Views

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    Oct 23, 2014 9:49 PM GMT
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/10/21/liberals-are-more-likely-to-unfriend-you-over-politics-online-and-off/

    "Data from the Pew Research Journalism Project shows that conservatives are less likely to have their views challenged on social media — but liberals are more likely to block or unfriend someone online because they disagree with something they have posted."

    "Liberals were also more likely to drop a friend in real life over politics. Nearly a quarter, or 24 percent, of consistent liberals told Pew that have stopped talking to or being friends with someone over politics, compared to 16 percent of consistent conservatives."
  • HottJoe

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    Oct 23, 2014 10:06 PM GMT
    Yeah, the whole antigay conservative platform is a deal breaker.
  • Destinharbor

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    Oct 23, 2014 10:08 PM GMT
    I think that probably is true. Liberals view their political positions as empathetic, generous and collective. And conservatives as divisive, hate-mongering, and selfish. I understand conservatives believe their approach raises all boats quicker, but the human values seem to be completely lacking and just flat ugly. Who wants to be around ugly?
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    Oct 23, 2014 10:39 PM GMT
    Destinharbor said And conservatives as divisive, hate-mongering, and selfish.



    There you go. That should start the healing process.

    I hate to pile on but you really should add "stupid" to the conservative mindset.

    I don't find the goals that conservative's speak of to be stupid.
    Self-reliance, personal freedom and a strong national defense/law enforcement are all worthy goals.

    But the Republican approach to those goals, Tax Cuts & Prayer, are not an intelligent approach.
  • conservativej...

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    Oct 23, 2014 10:41 PM GMT
    Well ..... liberals are all about "passion" and "emotion." So why is this a surprise?
  • HottJoe

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    Oct 24, 2014 2:37 PM GMT
    conservativejock saidWell ..... liberals are all about "passion" and "emotion." So why is this a surprise?

    Ironic, since you seem overly emotional and passionate about your bigotry in your blog.
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    Oct 24, 2014 4:36 PM GMT
    Destinharbor saidI think that probably is true. Liberals view their political positions as empathetic, generous and collective. And conservatives as divisive, hate-mongering, and selfish. I understand conservatives believe their approach raises all boats quicker, but the human values seem to be completely lacking and just flat ugly. Who wants to be around ugly?


    I'll take what you call "ugly" over what most folks recognize as phony any day. And, cut the cliches, please, and come up w/ something original instead of parroting socio-psychobabble.
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    Oct 24, 2014 4:40 PM GMT
    So liberals are more principled and discerning about the company they choose to keep. No news there.
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    Oct 24, 2014 4:55 PM GMT
    Tell me about it.

    My own bitchy queen of a brother "unfriended" me because all I said in a response to one of his posts is that just because someone criticizes the POTUS that doesn't automatically make them a racist. But before "unfriending" me he let loose a tirade of profanity to which I responded that when left with no intelligent argument the unintelligent resort to profanity (much as I have witnessed here on RJ). That's what pushed his frilly pink panties up his ass crack and thus over the edge!

    I find people who are to the far right or left of the political (or any) spectrum to be the least tolerant and irrational in their thought process and are quick to stomp off mad when they paint themselves into a corner.

    I would prefer that Facebook would ban all posts of a religious or political nature. I'm seriously considering deleting my self from Facebook. It can be a colossal waste of time.
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    Oct 24, 2014 5:09 PM GMT
    MGINSD said
    Destinharbor saidI think that probably is true. Liberals view their political positions as empathetic, generous and collective. And conservatives as divisive, hate-mongering, and selfish. I understand conservatives believe their approach raises all boats quicker, but the human values seem to be completely lacking and just flat ugly. Who wants to be around ugly?


    I'll take what you call "ugly" over what most folks recognize as phony any day. And, cut the cliches, please, and come up w/ something original instead of parroting socio-psychobabble.

    It's not a cliche. Conservatives always have their "other" that they use to gather the weak-minded and fire them up to vote and send money. We, the gays, are one of them. Bush used us to get re-elected and obviously we are still the hated "other." The poor, hispanics, teachers(?!?), women(!), anyone who opposed their trumped up war, the list goes on. Yes, I know you choose ugly (or maybe it chose you). And btw, you offered no counter-argument. You just grabbed the victim card. Boo-hoo for you.
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    Oct 24, 2014 5:16 PM GMT
    UndercoverMan saidTell me about it.

    My own bitchy queen of a brother "unfriended" me because all I said in a response to one of his posts is that just because someone criticizes the POTUS that doesn't automatically make them a racist. But before "unfriending" me he let loose a tirade of profanity to which I responded that when left with no intelligent argument the unintelligent resort to profanity (much as I have witnessed here on RJ). That's what pushed his frilly pink panties up his ass crack and thus over the edge!

    I find people who are to the far right or left of the political (or any) spectrum to be the least tolerant and irrational in their thought process and are quick to stomp off mad when they paint themselves into a corner.

    I would prefer that Facebook would ban all posts of a religious or political nature. I'm seriously considering deleting my self from Facebook. It can be a colossal waste of time.

    I didn't know your brother was on RJ!

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    Oct 24, 2014 5:31 PM GMT
    So liberals are more ideological and intolerant about the company they choose to keep. No news there.
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    Oct 24, 2014 5:38 PM GMT
    HottJoe said
    UndercoverMan saidTell me about it.

    My own bitchy queen of a brother "unfriended" me because all I said in a response to one of his posts is that just because someone criticizes the POTUS that doesn't automatically make them a racist. But before "unfriending" me he let loose a tirade of profanity to which I responded that when left with no intelligent argument the unintelligent resort to profanity (much as I have witnessed here on RJ). That's what pushed his frilly pink panties up his ass crack and thus over the edge!

    I find people who are to the far right or left of the political (or any) spectrum to be the least tolerant and irrational in their thought process and are quick to stomp off mad when they paint themselves into a corner.

    I would prefer that Facebook would ban all posts of a religious or political nature. I'm seriously considering deleting my self from Facebook. It can be a colossal waste of time.

    I didn't know your brother was on RJ!

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    Plus, was a neighbor of mine in Santa Monica. Of course, I'm presuming that he has thousands of brothers as that kind of behavior was at the very least, a daily event for me.

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    Oct 24, 2014 5:39 PM GMT
    Jockcock8 saidSo liberals are more ideological and intolerant about the company they choose to keep. No news there.


    One might reverse that and say that the liberals in question really do believe in the liberal philosophy (I'm speaking here of social liberalism, less of economic, though they're related), which some conservatives are so convinced of their rightness that they they can "tolerate" liberals.

    I, for one, will not be friends, though I can work with, someone who thinks I am an inferior human being because I'm gay. That person, on the other hand, is more likely to invoke some "love the sinner, hate the sin" BS and make a point of "tolerating" me.
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    Oct 24, 2014 6:03 PM GMT
    Tolerance is a liberal virtue and lack thereof -- on either the left or right -- is not liberal.

    Gay liberals (is that redundant?) prize identity [at least certain identifies] above all and this means that they cannot imagine a world where they had not been born gay. As a result, anyone who has different beliefs about 'gayness' are not tolerated. As a result, discussions with the typical gay are about as modulated as looking into a dark cave at midnight.







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    Oct 24, 2014 6:19 PM GMT
    Jockcock8 saidTolerance is a liberal virtue and lack thereof -- on either the left or right -- is not liberal.

    Gay liberals (is that redundant?) prize identity [at least certain identifies] above all and this means that they cannot imagine a world where they had not been born gay. As a result, anyone who has different beliefs about 'gayness' are not tolerated. As a result, discussions with the typical gay are about as modulated as looking into a dark cave at midnight.








    I can imagine a world where I had not been born gay: Everything is in grayscale.
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    Oct 24, 2014 6:33 PM GMT
    Once I stopped seeing a couple when I realized how racist they were; I was actually shocked. They were very pious Seventh Day Adventists and a former landlord of mine.

    When I was at their house, somehow the subject of conversation got onto race. They asserted that blacks should have their own schools, hotels, hospitals, etc. etc. However, their daughter, who was about 22, strongly disagreed with them. Regarding interracial marriage, the woman quoted the Bible (out of context, of course) stating that it says, "Be not unequally yoked together.". I pointed out that the next line was "with an unbeliever" and that it had nothing to do with race, but they insisted that it did. When I pointed out that the Bible directs us to love our neighbors as ourselves, one of them spoke up and said, "Oh, we love them, we just don't want to be near them.".

    So far as I'm concerned that has nothing to do with liberal vs conservative. Rather, it has to do with social justice and fairness.
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    Oct 24, 2014 6:35 PM GMT
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    I can imagine a world where I had not been born gay: Everything is in grayscale.


    Ditto. I spent 25 years within an institution (the armed forces) that is traditionally considered very 'un-gay'. There are plenty of gay people who consider themselves liberal, but who do not live in some sort of gay fantasy world. Any decent person, but gay people especially, ought to be intolerant of intolerance (and the political movements and people who espouse it).
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    Oct 24, 2014 6:43 PM GMT
    It's amusing watching the liberals here justify their intolerance for alternative views that no reasonable person would deem as "hate".

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    Oct 24, 2014 7:24 PM GMT
    riddler78 saidIt's amusing watching the liberals here justify their intolerance for alternative views that no reasonable person would deem as "hate".

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    You support police brutality and are a mindless party-liner for republicans. Even mother earth can't tolerate you. icon_sad.gif
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    Oct 24, 2014 8:04 PM GMT
    I always vote Democrat but I have to say that one of the problems with the intolerance of liberals is that in politics it often leads to an inability to compromise, which is often necessary to move their agenda forward, even if only incrementally.

    The other "problem" that liberals/Democrats have is that they're less likely to engage in the sleazy name calling and mud slinging that the Republicans excel at, and the mud slinging is effective at moving dim bulb suckers over to their side.
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    riddler78 saidIt's amusing watching the liberals here justify their intolerance for alternative views that no reasonable person would deem as "hate".

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    You support police brutality and are a mindless party-liner for republicans. Even mother earth can't tolerate you. icon_sad.gif


    Where did I support police brutality? Are you so small minded as to not understand anything or anyone who doesn't conform to your very limiting understanding of reality? (which in your case is apparently fantasy where everyone is against you and you're such a victim). icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Lumpyoatmeal saidAlthough I always vote Democrat I have to say that one of the problems with the intolerance of liberals is that in politics it often leads to an inability to compromise, which is often necessary to move their agenda forward, even if only incrementally.

    The other "problem" that liberals/Democrats have is that they're less likely to engage in the sleazy name calling and mud slinging that the Republicans excel at, and the mud slinging is effective at moving dim bulb suckers over to their side.


    "dim bulb suckers" - yeah that's one way to win friends and influence people. I wonder how long it will take for some of these liberals to realize that these "dim bulb suckers" are in fact them?
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    Oct 24, 2014 8:13 PM GMT
    riddler78 said
    HottJoe said
    riddler78 saidIt's amusing watching the liberals here justify their intolerance for alternative views that no reasonable person would deem as "hate".

    Ostrich-man-head-in-sand.gif

    You support police brutality and are a mindless party-liner for republicans. Even mother earth can't tolerate you. icon_sad.gif


    Where did I support police brutality? Are you so small minded as to not understand anything or anyone who doesn't conform to your very limiting understanding of reality? (which in your case is apparently fantasy where everyone is against you and you're such a victim). icon_rolleyes.gif

    You think Officer Wilson was justified in shooting Michael Brown 6+ times. How is shooting someone that many times not police brutality?
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    Oct 24, 2014 8:15 PM GMT
    HottJoe said
    riddler78 said
    HottJoe said
    riddler78 saidIt's amusing watching the liberals here justify their intolerance for alternative views that no reasonable person would deem as "hate".

    Ostrich-man-head-in-sand.gif

    You support police brutality and are a mindless party-liner for republicans. Even mother earth can't tolerate you. icon_sad.gif


    Where did I support police brutality? Are you so small minded as to not understand anything or anyone who doesn't conform to your very limiting understanding of reality? (which in your case is apparently fantasy where everyone is against you and you're such a victim). icon_rolleyes.gif

    You think Officer Wilson was justified in shooting Michael Brown 6+ times. How is shooting someone that many times not police brutality?


    Your level of logic approaches that of a third grader. So that's your justification for believing I support police brutality?

    Have you ever considered seeking help? icon_lol.gif