WHO HAS MORE COM­PAS­SION, DEMOCRATS OR REPUB­LI­CANS?

Chicago Tribune (Sunday) - - PERSPECTIVE - By Meri T. Long

It’s a com­mon re­frain of Amer­i­can vot­ers: How can your party be so heart­less?

Democrats want to know how Repub­li­cans can sup­port Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s pol­icy of sep­a­rat­ing ba­bies from refugee fam­i­lies. Repub­li­cans want to know how Democrats can sanc­tion abor­tion. But does ei­ther party re­ally care more about com­pas­sion?

In my re­search into the pub­lic’s sup­port for a va­ri­ety of gov­ern­ment poli­cies, I ask ques­tions about how com­pas­sion­ate some­one is, such as how con­cerned he or she is about oth­ers in need.

These ques­tions are in­te­gral to un­der­stand­ing how peo­ple feel about who in Amer­ica de­serves gov­ern­ment sup­port.

Some peo­ple are more com­pas­sion­ate than oth­ers. But that doesn’t break sim­ply along party lines.

I find that Demo­cratic and Repub­li­can Party vot­ers are sim­i­lar, on av­er­age, thus bust­ing up the cliche of bleed­ing-heart lib­er­als and un­car­ing con­ser­va­tives.

Then there are Trump vot­ers.

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