The sight of Old Glory does many things to people. It causes a swelling of pride in one's chest. It can bring a tear to one's eye. It will cause a Moonbat liberal to vote Republican.
Just a glimpse at the American flag can sway voters, even Democrats, toward more Republican voting behavior, attitudes and beliefs, a new two-year study says.It is ironic that the Moonbat left would associate viewing Old Glory with Republicans. If this was true, then Obama would not be President today. But just in case it does work, I put enough pictures of Old Glory on this post to turn even the most liberal person into a Tea Party member.
The authors, from the University of Chicago, Cornell University and Hebrew University, say the research proves the American flag has a powerful effect on voters.
"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," the study says.
In the study, first reported on by "U.S. News and World Report," participants, mostly Democratic-leaning, were asked to fill out a survey about their opinions on Democratic and Republican parties, leaders and their voting intentions. Half of the surveys contained a small American flag in the top left corner. They were given out just before the 2008 presidential election.
"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," the study reads.
To ensure that the party in power at the time of the test didn't have an effect on the survey answers, another survey was conducted eight months after the 2008 election. Results found that participants exposed to the American flag "felt less positively about Obama's job performance."
To further prove their point, a third test was conducted in May 2010 in which participants were shown pictures of buildings with a flag and others with the flag digitally erased.
The last test resulted in similar answers to the first two, reinforcing the argument that even subtle exposure to the American flag considerably shifted people's beliefs, Republican or Democrat, toward Republicanism.
A study of the impact that viewing the American flag has on politics has not been done before, but it is similar to a study recently conducted by Harvard University.
That study's findings argued that attending July 4 parades are more beneficial to the Republican Party -- they boost turnout of GOP voters, increase Republican patriotism and turn kids into Republicans.
The authors in the current study also cited a 2007 "Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin" report that concluded that brief exposure to the American flag increased aggressive thoughts and behavior, especially among those who followed political news.
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