Wednesday, October 26, 2016
A theme I am hearing lately on the news pisses me off: comparing college educated voters to non-college educated voters in support of Donald Trump. The newsroom pundits (who have all had the advantage of attending college) are inferring, without actually saying, that college graduates are smarter than non-college graduates, thus non-college graduates are more likely to support Trump.
College attendance, for most people, has depended on income more than intelligence. I spent twenty-two years in the military as an enlisted man, and many of the officers, who held their ranks solely because of a college degree, were some of the most stupid people I have ever known.
When my wife and I attended college I was forty-one and my wife was in her late twenties. I had more general knowledge and far more experience than many – if not most – of my college professors.
I believe the voting breakdown is more a factor of demographics than education.
The Republican hierarchy is always saying their party needs to be more inclusive. Actually the Republican Party is extremely inclusive.
It has been said – and I have repeated – that not all Republicans are racist, misogynist, gun nuts, white supremacist, militia morons, lobotomized fundamentalist Christian or Fox News troglodytes; but if you are a member of one of those groups there is a place for you in the inclusive Republican Party. It just so happens that most people that fall into one of those group are poorly educated in general and likely on the lower slope of the IQ bell curve.
So constantly breaking down voting statistics by college/ non-college demographics is a false equivalency, and disregards the millions of people who have never had the opportunity to attend college and are smart, experienced and informed people.
You can prove or disprove anything you want with statistics – it is all a matter how you group the data.