I’m not sure I agree with the notion that people are stupid necessarily…but I certainly think some Americans are blinded by ignorance and apathy; they practically wear it on their shirt as a sign of pride.
“The first lesson you learn as a pollster is that people are stupid. I tell a client trying to make sense of numbers on a poll that are inherently contradictory that at least once a week. We’re seeing that kind of thing more and more. I think it’s a function of increased political polarization and voters just digging in their heels and refusing to consider the opposing facts once they’ve formed an opinion about something.
I also think voters are showing a tendency to turn issues that should be factual or non-factual into opinions. If you show a Tennessee birther Obama’s birth certificate, they’re just going to say ‘well in my opinion he’s not a real American.’ It’s not about the birth certificate; it’s about expressing hatred for Obama in any form they can.”
~Tom Jensen of Public Policy Polling, a Democratic polling firm
Consider this for a moment…on the day that George W. Bush left office with:
#1 – 800,000 jobs being lost EVERY SINGLE MONTH
#2 – 4 million people had lost their jobs in the past 12 months
#3 – He had just passed a $700 billion bailout with no accountability or transparency for TBTF banks
#4 – He passed a $35 billion bailout for Detroit which Republicans have criticized President Obama for
#5 – Two full scale wars with no end in sight
#6 – The Dow Jones had dropped from over 14,000 to 8,599
#7 – Millions of people had lost or were on the verge of losing their homes
Republican voters had a 75% approval rating of George W. Bush the last month George W. Bush was in office.
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