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Shock Study: U.S. Flag Only Boosts GOP
US News ^ | July 20, 2011 | Paul Bedard

Posted on 07/21/2011 2:16:23 PM PDT by iowamark

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.

It's also sure to prompt GOP presidential candidates to add more U.S. flags at their events and speeches.

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 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."


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: antiamericanism; blameamericafirst; oldglory; psychology; steamingpile

1 posted on 07/21/2011 2:16:27 PM PDT by iowamark
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To: iowamark

Ya hear that? We are all just mindless lab rats. The academics tell us that our country’s flag has magical powers over us.

“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.”

You don’t suppose the group’s opinion might have had something to do with the events of those eight months?

Nah...


2 posted on 07/21/2011 2:20:12 PM PDT by sinanju
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To: iowamark

If this government bunch is allowed to continue expect American flags banned just like Nativity’s are now.


3 posted on 07/21/2011 2:20:17 PM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: iowamark

4 posted on 07/21/2011 2:27:55 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's easy! Use FR as a platform to pimp your blog for hits!!!)
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To: iowamark

I’ve known a number of people that have said they didn’t have their mind made up even as they entered the voting both. Only when faced with a decision did they actually make one.

So when you go to vote, wear a shirt with a big American flag on both the front and the back.

I wonder how many undecides this would actually shift to the GOP?


5 posted on 07/21/2011 2:28:40 PM PDT by Brookhaven (Herman Cain knows computers, math, missiles, banking, burgers, pizza, gospel music, & Coca-Cola)
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To: iowamark

6 posted on 07/21/2011 2:29:36 PM PDT by max americana (FUBO NATION 2012 FK BARAK)
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To: iowamark

Hmmm.
Want to bet there is a sudden “grass-roots” movement to remove or replace the US flag at various functions?


7 posted on 07/21/2011 2:33:07 PM PDT by Little Ray (Best Conservative in the Primary; AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: iowamark
The flags at polling places will immediately have to be replaced by UN flags and rainbow flags.
8 posted on 07/21/2011 2:37:46 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (The Dems demanding shared sacrifice are like Aztec priests doing it while cutting out my heart.)
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To: iowamark
You bet!
9 posted on 07/21/2011 2:44:57 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: iowamark

"looks like I have to refurbish my flags for my car windows...bright new glorious American flags"

10 posted on 07/21/2011 2:48:35 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: iowamark
Fascinating information. Today, Rush Limbaugh half-seriously predicted that soon, Democrats will demand that flags be banned from polling places, then, that no political ads can have a flag in them and, eventually, the American flag will be banned outright. As crazy as it seems, I believe that the first two could happen - but I pray it never does.
11 posted on 07/21/2011 2:52:20 PM PDT by Jim Scott ( "Game On!" - Sarah Palin)
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To: iowamark

I have a gut feeling that the hammer and sickle flag has the same affect. What is a libtard to do?


12 posted on 07/21/2011 2:55:09 PM PDT by Boiling point (Cain / Palin 2012)
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To: iowamark

I’m going to wave the American flag on election day to convince voters to choose America and not the ObamaNation.


13 posted on 07/21/2011 3:01:04 PM PDT by JohnBrownUSA (Don't Tread On Me!)
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To: iowamark
they showed some pictures of buildings that included a flag, and others photos with the flag digitally erased.

I hope they didn't get in trouble with AP for using their photo library.

14 posted on 07/21/2011 3:15:46 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Oh, well, any excuse to buy a new gun is good enough for me.)
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Shock Study: Mexican Flag Only Boosts Democrats
US News ^ | July 20, 2011 | Paulo Bitetaco

Posted on Thursday, July 21, 2011 5:16:23 PM by iowamark

Just a brief exposure to an image of the Mexican flag shifts illegal alien voters to Democratic Party 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 Berzerklanios Para de Psychologia de Sciencias Putanos Illeganos Muchachos de la Norte de California.

What’s more, according to three authors from the University of Chihuahua, Guadalajara Instituta de la Criminalos Mexicanos, Michoacan Mango University and San francisco Rainbow University, the impact had staying power.

“A single exposure to a Mexican flag resulted in a significant increase in illegal participants’ Democratic party line voting intentions, voting behavior, political beliefs, and implicit and explicit attitudes, with some effects lasting 57 months,” the study found. “These results constitute the first evidence that nonconscious priming effects from exposure to a Mexican flag can bias the illegal aliens toward one political party and can have considerable durability.”

Theirs is the first study to look at the political impact on illegal aliens who have seen a Mexican flag, and it seems to back up another recent Michoacan Mango University professoro’s study that found that kids of illegal aliens, especially those with big mangos, who attended a Cinco de Mayo parade in San Francisco ended up leaning Democratic Party when they grew up and voted illegally in California.

It’s also sure to prompt Democratic presidential candidates to add more Mexican flags at their events and speeches.

For this study, the Mexican scholars asked mostly illlegal alien Democratic-leaning and illegal voters to join in the survey conducted just before the 2008 election of President Obummer over Sen. John McCain. All were given a survey to fill out. Half of those surveys included a small picture of a Mexican flag in the top left corner and a photo of Obummer bowing down in the lower Leftist corner.

Some 90 percent said that they believed their voting behavior wouldn’t be influenced by the presence of a Mexican flag since they always vote Democratic illegally anyway.

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

“In contrast to the beliefs of the illegal alien participants in the pilot study, the results from the experiments reported here show that exposure to the Mexican flag introduces a bias toward the Democratic Party over the Republican Party. In one experiment, we tested whether subtle exposure to the Mexican flag shifted illegal aliens` beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors toward the Democratic end of the political continuum. We found that a single exposure to a small Mexican flag during deliberation about illegal 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 subversive direction.”

And apparently Mexican politics didn’t have anything to do with how those shown the Mexican flag changed their voting, because their politicians in Mexico City D.F. want them to annex California.

“It is important to note that political ideology and party affiliation did not moderate these effects. That is, both Mexican illegals and illegal Guatemalan participants were influenced by the Mexican flag and in the same subversive direction,” said the study.

Eight months after the election eve survey, the group was then asked about Obummer`s performance and remarkably those in the group shown the Mexican flag on the initial survey “felt more positively about Obummer`s job performance.”

To prove the shocking results, the scholars in the spring of 2010 conducted another test, this time to see if exposure to a Mexican flag produces a bias toward Democratic voter fraud, rather than the party that controls the White House. For this, they showed some pictures of White House buildings that included a Mexican flag, and others photos with the Mexican flag digitally magnified to appear bigger than a chihuahua.

That result: “Subtle exposure to the Mexican flag significantly shifted both illegal Mexicans and Guatemalans participants’ beliefs, attitudes, and voting behavior toward annexing California.”


15 posted on 07/21/2011 3:27:35 PM PDT by bunkerhill7
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To: iowamark
Who burns the flag and defames the military? Jane Hanoi fonda, John Cambodia Kerry, John Bunker Murtha, and mad bomber Professor Airs.
16 posted on 07/21/2011 3:28:09 PM PDT by mountainlion (AMERICA LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT.)
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To: iowamark

How much more idiotic can libtards get?
Apparently, ALOT! =.=


17 posted on 07/21/2011 3:29:11 PM PDT by cranked
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To: iowamark

Is this from The Onion?


18 posted on 07/21/2011 3:32:54 PM PDT by FrogMom (There is no such thing as an honest democrat!)
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To: iowamark

Whew! Good news, everyone!

For three days prior to an election, put up American flags all over the place. This sounds like an easy and inexpensive way to get Republicans and conservatives elected. Maybe.

And it sure doesn’t hurt to try (*).

(*) Except in parts of Chicago, and some other blue enclaves, where display of the American flag is prohibited by local brutes.


19 posted on 07/21/2011 3:53:47 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: iowamark


20 posted on 07/21/2011 4:00:36 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: iowamark
Harvard recently said that taking your kid to one of these events (below) JUST ONCE significantly increases the chances that they will become Republicans:

I'm sure liberals would rather we take our kids to these events instead:


21 posted on 07/21/2011 4:03:05 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: iowamark
All this confirms is that democrats are anti-US, and people are smart enough to know that.
22 posted on 07/21/2011 4:20:07 PM PDT by Christian Engineer Mass (25ish Cambridge MA grad student. Many conservative Christians my age out there? __ Click my name)
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To: Chode

“to republican... and beyond!”


23 posted on 07/21/2011 4:22:06 PM PDT by Christian Engineer Mass (25ish Cambridge MA grad student. Many conservative Christians my age out there? __ Click my name)
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To: Christian Engineer Mass
absolutely...
24 posted on 07/21/2011 4:31:38 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: iowamark
In a recent report by the Cro-Magnon Institute, scientists revealed that fire is hot...We knew that the bright yellow color of the flames were significant and know we know why....



25 posted on 07/21/2011 4:41:24 PM PDT by Nat Turner (I can see NOVEMBER 2012 from my house....)
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To: iowamark
Flag flies here daily. . . Fly the Flag! May help in November, 2012!

Go Sarah!

26 posted on 07/21/2011 4:43:51 PM PDT by Art in Idaho (Conservatism is the only hope for Western Civilization.)
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To: Chode

They are best flown together though, not just gadsen by itself. We rightly have ownership of the Stars & Stripes. Only a lunatic would give that ownership away. Please spread that word if you agree


27 posted on 07/21/2011 4:52:56 PM PDT by Christian Engineer Mass (25ish Cambridge MA grad student. Many conservative Christians my age out there? __ Click my name)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks iowamark.


28 posted on 07/21/2011 5:32:48 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Christian Engineer Mass
yup... that's my house
29 posted on 07/21/2011 5:36:04 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: JohnBrownUSA
I’m going to wave the American flag on election day to convince voters to choose America and not the ObamaNation.

lol. I was thinking that x 10000. Tailgates outside polling places with flags, flag outfits, flag billboards, flag hotdogs, plates, napkins.

Just drown everyone in it ;)

30 posted on 07/21/2011 7:17:52 PM PDT by HeartlandOfAmerica (Geithner: Taxes on 'Small Business' Must Rise So Government Doesn't 'Shrink')
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To: Brookhaven
I’ve known a number of people that have said they didn’t have their mind made up even as they entered the voting both.

Who are these nihilistic imbeciles, and what do they do for a living?

31 posted on 07/21/2011 10:00:13 PM PDT by Prole (Please pray for the families of Chris and Channon. May God always watch over them.)
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To: KarlInOhio
Queer flags, UN flags and Mexican flags inspire the democrats?

Wow, I really like the direction our society is going.

32 posted on 07/21/2011 10:02:20 PM PDT by Prole (Please pray for the families of Chris and Channon. May God always watch over them.)
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To: iowamark

This is really pathetic...and why in the hell was Hebrew University brought into this mix? This is American that is Israeli...


33 posted on 07/21/2011 10:02:51 PM PDT by shield (Rev 2:9 "Woe unto those who say they are Judah and are not, but are of the synaGOGue of Satan.")
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To: Chode

Nice home page


34 posted on 07/21/2011 10:12:55 PM PDT by Cuttnhorse (Obama; a skid mark on the undershorts of American history.)
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To: iowamark

I wonder by Bedard doesn’t mention the fact that Obama rarely (until very recently) had American flags behind him when he spoke.

Also, glad to see that oldest Obama flag salute crotch-shot. Another one had him on a stage grabbing his nuts like Michael Jackson.

The wrong crotch-grabber died.

Best American flag photo I ever took was of two U.S. riverine patrol boats in the Mekong Delta, So. Vietnam, Nov. 1970. Those flags were flying proudly and defiantly.

No Obama “Surrenderer-in-Chief” on those boats.

Another American flag shot I have is one given to me by my father-in-law, Lt. Col. James Lucore (USA ret), 75th JASCO, Iwo Jima, of one of the Iwo flags. It stays in the family.


35 posted on 07/21/2011 10:31:32 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: iowamark
So, let's see, in order to shift people towards the Democratic Party, that party's media would need to avoid such silly patriotic images like American flags, soldiers & military, 4th of July parades & celebrations, the Constitution & Founders, etc., all of which, according to this study, might tend to shift the audience more towards the GOP.

How appropriate and ironic. This study should get wide publicity, so that the Democrats become terrified of emphasizing patriotic themes in the next election cycle.

I pray to God that they get wiped off the political map in 2012, across all branches of government and at all levels thereof.

Thereafter, we can get on with the business of cleaning up the equally offensive GOP Establishment as well...

36 posted on 07/21/2011 10:37:01 PM PDT by sargon (I don't like the sound of these "boncentration bamps")
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To: ColdOne

They’ll start by banning the American flAG near the ballot box.


37 posted on 07/21/2011 10:51:07 PM PDT by MaxMax
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To: Brookhaven
So when you go to vote, wear a shirt with a big American flag on both the front and the back.

In early November it's usually cold enough in most of the country that most are wearing more than a shirt.

38 posted on 07/21/2011 11:13:42 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: iowamark

39 posted on 07/22/2011 4:06:29 AM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list.)
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To: neverdem

OK, a sweat shirt.

The point is that just by wearing something with a flag on it, we can affect the outcome of elections.


40 posted on 07/22/2011 6:56:48 AM PDT by Brookhaven (Herman Cain knows computers, math, missiles, banking, burgers, pizza, gospel music, & Coca-Cola)
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To: Cuttnhorse
i thank you Sir...
41 posted on 07/22/2011 3:14:28 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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