Don't shoot the messenger!
The more educated you are, the more likely you are to lean Democratically, a new Pew Research survey suggests.
The study, based on interviews with 10,000 registered American voters in 2017, shows voters with bachelors degrees are more likely to identify with the Democratic party.
The poll found that 54 percent of college grads see themselves in some shade of blue, compared to 39 percent who identify with or lean towards the GOP.
That wasn't always the case. According to Pew, 54 percent of college grads in 1994 identified with or leaned toward the Republican party; 39 percent did so with the Democratic party. A complete flip-flop!
The gap gets even bigger looking at postgraduate experience. Based on the 2017 number, 63 percent of voters with postgrad experience are some shade of blue, and 31 percent are some shade of red.
However, Republicans now have a much stronger influence among those whose highest level of education is a high school degree or less. And again, it wasn't always that way.
Now, 47 percent of high school grads or those with less education lean red, and 45 percent lean blue.
It's important to remember that, in general, college grads make up a minority of registered American voters.
Pew's research shows about a third of all registered voters have completed college.
According to 2015 statistics from the United State Census Bureau, 32 percent of Americans have a obtained a bachelor's degree or higher.