July 4 Parades Turn Kids into Republicans?


A new study out of Harvard University (so you know it's true!) claims that children who attend Fourth of July parades are more likely to grow up to be Republicans than kids who stay in their backyards.

Fourth of July celebrations in the United States shape the nation's political landscape by forming beliefs and increasing participation, primarily in favor of the Republican Party.

According to a report in the Daily Mail, the study found that kids under the age of 18 who attend parades are 2% more likely to become GOP voters. This is mostly because Republicans feel they are more patriotic than Democrats, study authors Harvard professor David Yanagizawa-Drott and Bocconi University professor Andreas Madestam wrote:

According to this interpretation, there is a political congruence between the patriotism promoted on Fourth of July and the values associated with the Republican party. Fourth of July celebrations in Republican dominated counties may thus be more politically biased events that socialize children into Republicans.

Overall, parade watchers vote Republican over Democrat by 4%.

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.

Regardless of your political leanings, the authors say in order to have the most fun, you just might want to head to a Republican stronghold to celebrate the Fourth, writing:

Republican adults celebrate Fourth of July more intensively in the first place.


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