Thursday, October 21, 2004

Are Voters Stupid: Part II

Yes. Still. And Republicans seem to be even more ignorant than most.

Yes, I'm biased. But I've got studies now to prove it. From Salon's "The blind leading the blind,"we get this overview of a new report from PIPA, the Program on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland:
Analyzing data from a series of nationwide polls, the report finds that a majority of Bush supporters believe things about the world that are objectively untrue, while the majority of Kerry supporters dwell in the reality-based community.
...Believe things about the world that are objectively untrue...what a nice way call them stupid. Actually, it's not their fault though. The just want to believe their Commander in Chief:
Though its language is dispassionate, the report lays responsibility for this epidemic of ignorance at the White House's door. "So why are Bush supporters clinging so tightly to these beliefs in the face of repeated disconfirmations?" it asks. "Apparently one key reason is that they continue to hear the Bush administration confirming these beliefs."
But, as is borne out in my own discussions, Bush supporters often don't even know Bush's actual positions. From an earlier PIPA report:
"Majorities incorrectly assumed that Bush supports multilateral approaches to various international issues -- the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (69%), the treaty banning land mines (72%); 51% incorrectly assumed he favors US participation in the Kyoto treaty -- the principal international accord on global warming ... Only 13% of supporters are aware that he opposes labor and environmental standards in trade agreements -- 74% incorrectly believe that he favors including labor and environmental standards in agreements on trade. In all these cases, there is a recurring theme: majorities of Bush supporters favor these positions, and they infer that Bush favors them as well."
Are voters stupid? Yes. And it would seem, Republicans are willfully ignorant as well.