Politics & Voting : How to Identify Political Party Symbols

Politics & Voting : How to Identify Political Party Symbols


Hello. I’m Matthew Burbank and I’m associate
professor at the University of Utah. And I’d like to talk to you a little bit about recognizing
political symbols. Traditionally the symbols of the two major parties have been that the
democrats are represented by a donkey and that the republicans are represented by an
elephant. And these two symbols are historically symbols that either political opponents or
the parties themselves have adopted. By now both parties are quite comfortable with these
symbols and use them. And so very often when you see, for example, lawn signs or television
commercials featuring republican candidates you will often see a picture of an elephant
to indicate that that is a republican candidate and very often for democratic candidates for
lawn signs or TV commercials you will often see a picture of a donkey to indicate that
this is a democratic candidate.

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