If you’ve spent any time on social media (you probably wouldn’t be reading this if you haven’t) and you care, you’ve probably noticed that there seems to be some kind of underground set of grammar rules for Republicans.
The proofreading app Grammarly did a study of Facebook posts on each of the presidential candidates’ Facebook pages. Not surprisingly, those who supported Republicans made almost twice as many grammar errors as those who supported Democrats. Democrats also have bigger vocabularies.
To get their results, Grammarly went to each candidate’s Facebook page, taking comments that were at least 15 words long and expressed either positive or neutral feelings about the candidate. Then, researchers randomly selected at least 180 of those comments to analyze for each candidate.
The analysis — intended by Grammarly to be “a lighthearted look at how well the 2016 presidential candidates’ supporters write when they’re debating online” — found that, for every 100 words written, an average Democratic candidate supporter made 4.2 mistakes, while an average Republican candidate backer made 8.7 errors. It also asserted that Democratic supporters have larger vocabularies, using 300 unique words for every 1,000 words they use, compared to Republicans who only use only 245 unique words for every 1,000.
Source: Think Progress
Scientifically, this survey might not hold a lot of water (or should I say “alot” for the Republicans?). There were more Republican posts sampled simply because there were more Republican candidates, but they are increasingly becoming the anti-intellectual party. Since George W. Bush, so many Republicans wear stupid as a badge of honor. For them, a barely literate alcoholic who seems like a fun drinking partner is more qualified to be President than a Senator who was a constitutional scholar and the editor of the Harvard Law Review.
Not surprisingly, the most illiterate Facebook users were Donald Trump supporters. The most literate, Lincoln Chafee, which doesn’t surprise me because people would have to read to even know of his existence.
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