Scientific Survey Finds Voters Are “Broadly Misinformed”

by | Oct 30, 2018 | Headline News | 14 comments

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    A survey has revealed that voters in the US aren’t nearly as informed as they think they are.

    The scientific survey was conducted by Just Facts, a non-profit research and educational institute dedicated to publishing comprehensive, straightforward, and rigorously documented facts about public policy issues.

    Today, the organization published the findings of their recent survey, and they are intriguing – and troubling.

    This survey is not like other political polls, as James D. Agresti, Just Facts president and co-founder, explains:

    While most surveys measure public opinion, this unique one measures voters’ knowledge of issues that affect their lives in tangible ways—such as education, taxes, healthcare, the national debt, pollution, government spending, Social Security, global warming, energy, and hunger. Every year, the poll includes a new question about a prevalent, controversial issue. This year, the question is about rape.

    The poll was conducted by an academic research team that used sound methodologies to assess US residents who regularly vote.

    From the report:

    For each question, voters were offered a selection of two or more answers, one of which was true. Voters also had the opportunity to say they were unsure.

    On average, voters gave the correct answer 40% of the time, gave an incorrect answer 53% of the time, and said they were unsure 7% of the time. A majority of voters gave the correct answer to only six of the 24 questions.

    The highest levels of misinformation were found on questions related to child hunger, tax burdens, landfills, health insurance copayments, and Social Security finances. For these questions, 25% or less of voters provided the correct answer.

    Voters’ ages, genders, and political party preferences were recorded, allowing the poll to “pinpoint segments of society that are most and least informed about specific issues.”

    Not surprisingly, the survey results show “deep partisan and demographic divides, with different groups being more or less knowledgeable depending upon the questions.”

    The rates at which voters gave the correct answers varied from a high of 47% for Republican voters to a low of 34% for Democrat voters:

    • 47% for Republican voters
    • 43% for males
    • 42% for 35 to 64 year olds
    • 41% for 18 to 34 year olds
    • 38% for 65+ year olds
    • 38% for third-party voters
    • 37% for females
    • 34% for Democrat voters

    The survey consists of 24 questions with correct answers and the percentage of voters who provided the correct answers is given per political affiliation, gender, and age.

    Here are three of the questions that were asked, along with the correct answers and data on who got the answers right.

    On taxes:

    Question 5: The average U.S. household spends about $29,000 per year on food, housing, and clothing combined. If we broke down all combined federal, state, and local taxes to a per household cost, do you think this would amount to more or less than an average of $29,000 per household per year?

    Correct Answer: More than $29,000. In 2017, federal, state and local governments collected a combined total of $5.0 trillion in taxes or an average of $40,000 for every household in the U.S.

    Correct answer given by 46% of all voters, 39% of Democrat voters, 50% of Republican voters, 58% of third-party voters, 47% of males, 45% of females, 58% of 18 to 34 year olds, 49% of 35 to 64 year olds, and 40% of 65+ year olds.

    On government spending:

    Question 7: Now, changing the subject from taxes to spending, suppose we broke down all government spending to a per household cost—do you think the combined spending of federal, state and local governments amounts to more or less than $40,000 per household per year?

    Correct Answer: More than $40,000. In 2017, federal, state and local governments spent a combined total of $6.6 trillion or an average of $52,000 for every household in the U.S. For reference, the average U.S. household spends about $44,000 per year on food, housing, clothing, transportation, and healthcare.

    Correct answer given by 44% of all voters, 38% of Democrat voters, 51% of Republican voters, 35% of third-party voters, 47% of males, 40% of females, 47% of 18 to 34 year olds, 46% of 35 to 64 year olds, and 40% of 65+ year olds.

    On healthcare:

    Question 23: In 2010, Congress passed and President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare.” This law uses price controls to save money in the Medicare program. Do you think these price controls will worsen Medicare patients’ access to care?

    Correct Answer: Yes. As explained by Medicare’s actuaries, the price controls in the Affordable Care Act will cut Medicare prices for many medical services over the next three generations to “less than half of their level under the prior law.” The actuaries have been clear that this will likely cause “withdrawal of providers from the Medicare market” and “severe problems with beneficiary access to care.”

    Correct answer given by 47% of all voters, 17% of Democrat voters, 75% of Republican voters, 56% of third-party voters, 47% of males, 47% of females, 41% of 18 to 34 year olds, 49% of 35 to 64 year olds, and 46% of 65+ year olds.

    To read the entire report, additional data, and an explanation of the survey methodology, click here: Scientific Survey Finds Voters of All Parties, Ages, and Genders Are Broadly Misinformed


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      1. What do you mean mis informed? I voted for Trump to Piss off Liberals. Isn’t that working?

      2. There is no proof that your vote is secure or will even be counted. Throw that fact in and voting has become the false illusion that your vote matters. Let them vote as if they have a choice. You are voting for the planned post 9-11 continued police state rising to continue hiding the truth so as to wage war for the insane killers that call themselves our representatives. The people follow along as if helpless, while believing the lies. It appears the American people are not united, not even a smidgen as far as I can tell. The propaganda is oppressive and overwhelming while living standards are tanking. Look back 30 years as the decline accelerates. Greed makes some sick bastards, all of them.

      3. Voting is not a right. Voting should only be a privilege granted to those who pass certain criteria and a test proving they aren’t morons. Morons (i.e. liberals) should never get the privilege to vote.

        • Actually, voting IS a right.

          The party in power doesn’t have the right to decide who gets to and who doesn’t. It is defined in the Constitution in numerous places.

      4. This story is no joke. Just had a discussion with family member.
        He cursed Trump five different times. Said Trump was a ……. Dictator!!!
        Five times i asked him where he heard that liberal rhetoric (word for word).
        He would not tell me….. (because I know they use FakeBook)….. the one
        sided…fake news online site…..who still, refuses to respect their privacy.

        You can lead a Democrap to water….but you cannot, ever, make him THINK !!!
        I asked him if he wanted his children to grow up the same country our father fought for in
        WW2……or to live under a Globalist..or Communist Socialism like in China?
        He hung up on me!!! HE hung up on ME!!!

        FakeBook needs to be busted….for fake news… and tried for treason.

        • I think the correct statement is: You can lead a democrat to water but just remember how a wet donkey smells.

      5. I’m better informed than most voters, as I’m retired and I pay attention to what is happening. I scan through about twenty sites per day of American, Russian, Chinese, Israeli, British, conservative, Libertarian, liberal, et al, sites.
        I also know that due to the local, state, and Federal politics of my state, my vote is pretty much a waste of time. I mainly vote to let Democrats know that a significant portion of the population doesn’t like Democrats and odds are they are the armed ones.
        What should frighten everyone is the majority of voters are ignorant or ideologically driven Fascists( AKA Democrats).

      6. No surprise here when you have the corporate-owned and controlled media brainwashing everyone with govt. propaganda.

      7. “Broadly Misinformed” is very kind. More like “Fucking Stupid”

        • I was going to say ignorant morons…but your assertion is also correct.

      8. All you need to do is look, yes I said look, around at what’s taking place. Actions speak louder than words. Even if you’re watching the MSM you should be able to put 2+2 together and figure out what is propaganda(fake news) Common sense, use it!

      9. We are ruled by Freemasons, Jesuits and Zionists…….voting changes nothing.

        Stop voting like fools as you are giving the police state run by ((them)) credibility and you are consenting to all the taxes you don’t and shouldn’t be paying.

        God bless.

        • The Coincidence Detector add-on is supposed to show you three parentheses, on either side, btw.

          I find science interesting, and also fringe science. Over the last 10 days, I see a story on math.

          “Why the number 137 is one of the greatest mysteries in physics —
          That magic number, called the fine structure constant, is a fundamental constant, with a value which nearly equals 1/137. Or 1/137.03599913, to be precise. Or 1/137.03599913, to be precise. It is denoted by the Greek letter alpha – α.”

          The Nazi web app highlighted lots of names. Should I be proud?

      10. I am probably a bad, eugenicist kind of person, for saying that the scientific (political) survey should include skull measurements.

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