Do 4th of July fireworks and parades make you vote for the Republican Party candidates more often? A new study from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard claims that celebrating Independence Day just might make you lean towards the GOP. Assistant Professor David Yanagizawa Drott along with Assistant Prof. Andreas Madestam of Bocconi University have run the numbers. According to them, the GOP is viewed as more patriotic, embracing traditional symbols such as the American flag in the past century. Findings from a survey also show that Republicans think they are more patriotic than Democrats in general.
″According to this interpretation, there is a political congruence between patriotism promoted by the Fourth of July and the values associated with the Republican Party″, say the authors of the study. They conclude that ″There is no evidence of an increased likelihood of identifying as a Democrat, indicating that Fourth of July shifts preferences to the right rather than increasing political polarization.″
The Harvard brain-trust has also determined that children are the most vulnerable for being swayed by patriotic celebrations of the 4th of July, such as firework displays and parades. ″Fourth of July celebrations in Republican dominated counties may thus be more politically biased events that socialize children into Republicans.″ They two authors add, The evidence suggests that important childhood events can have a permanent impact of political beliefs and behavior and that Fourth of July celebrations in the US affect the nation′s political landscape.″
So there you have it! The more children who attend and watch 4th of July fireworks and parades, the greater the likelihood of them growing up and voting for Republican Party candidates. So say David Yanagizawa Drott of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and Andreas Madestam of Bocconi University. These two assistant professors have given us a blue print for long-term victory. I hope Karl Rove is reading this!