Lol @ the closing line, and also referring to non-liberals as "normal people" in the title.Not exactly shocking news for those exposed to them for years, but the respected Pew Research Center has determined that political liberals are far less tolerant of opposing views than regular Americans.
In a new study, the Pew Center for the Internet and American Life Project confirmed what most intelligent Americans had long sensed. That is, whenever they are challenged or confronted on the hollow falsity of their orthodoxy -- such as, say, uniting diverse Americans -- liberals tend to respond defensively with anger, even trying to shut off or silence critics. (i.e. photo above of President Obama reacting to Boston hecklers.)
The new research found that instead of engaging in civil discourse or debate, fully 16% of liberals admitted to blocking, unfriending or overtly hiding someone on a social networking site because that person expressed views they disagreed with. That's double the percentage of conservatives and more than twice the percentage of political moderates who behaved like that.
The proportion jumps even higher when someone on a social site disagrees with a liberal's post.
Only 1% of moderates would block or shut out someone who dared to disagree with them, compared to 11% of liberals, whose rate was nearly three times that of conservatives.
The same 11% of liberals would block or unfriend people who offended them by daring to argue about political issues, vs 6% and 7% for other political views.
Liberals (14%) even blocked or shut out those they deemed posted too frequently on politics, vs 8% and 9% for moderates and conservatives, respectively.
Of those who dropped or shunned someone over political disagreements, Pew asked a follow-up question:
-- 21% of them blocked, unfriended or hid a coworker,
-- 31% blocked, unfriended or hid a (formerly) close personal friend,
-- and 18% blocked, unfriended or hid an actual family member.
Bottomline, this study is obviously racist.
Anyway, I've found this to be perfectly true throughout the course of my own interactions. Briefly, this is because people drawn to a liberal worldview tend to operate predominantly on emotion--and a natural emotionally-driven response to something that challenges one's worldview is not to consider or analyze the information presented, but rather to shut it out, to run away, and thereby alleviate the dissonance caused by the intrusion of unwelcome facts.