Not too Bright Electorate!

  

Watch Jay Leno's Jaywalking some evening if you think people are smart enough to care or conscious enough to vote!
 

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Mark de LA says
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According to Shenkman, “The consensus in the political science profession is that voters are rational.” Well, no. A ­half-­century of scholarship provides plenty of grounds for pessimism about voters’ ­rationality.

When social scientists first started using detailed opinion surveys to study the attitudes and behavior of ordinary voters, they found some pretty sobering things. In the early 1950s, Paul Lazarsfeld and his colleagues at Columbia University concluded that electoral choices “are relatively invulnerable to direct argumentation” and “characterized more by faith than by conviction and by wishful expectation rather than careful prediction of consequences.”2 For example, voters consistently misperceived where candidates stood on the important issues of the day, seeing their favorite candidates’ stands as closer to their own and opposing candidates’ stands as more dissimilar than they actually were. They likewise exaggerated the extent of support for their favorite candidates among members  of social groups they felt close ­to

...  read the rest of The Irrational Electorate by Larry M. Bartels
With the electorate usually making their mind up in 20 seconds worth of a TV picture as their choice or even a quicker blink, this is pretty scary.


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