A new study out by Pew Research seeks to illustrate the difference in “values” important to conservative parents versus those important to liberal parents. Among other things, the study showed, conservatives value religious faith far higher than “empathy for others” — a factoid that doesn’t exactly reflect nicely on conservative parents (at least according to most liberals!) And, as someone who blogs pretty frequently about tolerance, I admit to being turned off by the low priority conservatives gave to tolerance in the survey.
First, though, let’s take a look at the data:
Here’s how the survey was conducted, as explained on Quartz. com:
The survey asked Americans about the importance of teaching various values to children. Most of the respondents said children should learn all 12 of these values. The numbers in the chart reflect what “consistently liberal” and “consistently conservative” people—the ones on opposite ends of the spectrum—identified as one of the three most important traits to pass on.
Of course, the opinionated among us have found it to be great fodder. Quartz, for instance, went on to say.
The stark contrast in the numbers for religion, empathy, curiosity, and tolerance might help explain why people grow up with such fierce differences of opinion, or why Congress never gets anything done.