Of course not. Ignorant or stupid voters are much more dangerous because they tend to elect equally stupid and ignorant politicians.Originally Posted by Lark
The evidence is all over the place. Youtube is just a convenient source. Here is another:Who am I kidding? Youtube is your ace in the hole against ignorance?
Citizens are not as well-informed as they thinkBut when presented with a list of the state's four biggest spending categories, only 22% of likely voters correctly named public schools as the largest. The most guesses (41%) went to prisons, which are actually the smallest category of the four. More specifically, the largest group among those who expressed confidence in their own knowledge incorrectly chose prisons as the biggest item.
Their grasp of state revenues was no better. Only one in three likely voters correctly named the personal income tax as the main source of money, with many choosing motoring charges (a paltry 2% of state revenues). Only 9% of likely voters correctly identified both the largest revenue source and the largest spending destination. As PPIC drily summarises, “most Californians' views about the budget are not based on an understanding of where the money comes from and where it goes.”
Some more evidence:
The Ignorant American VoterOnly 2 of 5 voters can name the three branches of the federal government. And 49 percent of Americans think the president has the authority to suspend the Constitution.