Study: Fourth of July Good for Republicans

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A new Harvard study has found that Republicans benefit more from Fourth of July parades than Democrats.

Researchers say the patriotism promoted on Independence Day directly correlates to the values of the Republican Party.

"Republican adults celebrate Fourth of July more intensively in the first place," the report noted.

The study says attending Fourth of July celebrations increases the chances that a child will become a Republican later in life.

Researchers added that attending Fourth of July events increases chances that a person will vote on election day.

Harvard Kennedy School Assistant Professor David Yanagizawa-Drott and Bocconi University Assistant Professor Andreas Madestam conducted the study.

"The political right has been more successful in appropriating American patriotism and its symbols during the 20th century," the authors noted.

"Taken together, the results indicate the 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," they added.

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