Not sure which is more amazing: politicians lie or that the electorate believes them. Who could possibly have known either? Other than watching the pols actions or seeing who gets elected, I suppose.

Following the first election since the Supreme Court has struck down limits on election-related advertising, a new poll finds that 9 in 10 voters said that in the 2010 election they encountered information they believed was misleading or false, with 56% saying this occurred frequently. Fifty-four percent said that it had been more frequent than usual, while just three percent said it was less frequent than usual, according to the poll conducted by WorldPublicOpinion.org, based at the University of Maryland, and Knowledge Networks.

Equally significant, the poll found strong evidence that voters were substantially misinformed on many of the key issues of the campaign. Such misinformation was correlated with how people voted and their exposure to various news sources.

Voters’ misinformation included beliefs at odds with the conclusions of government agencies, generally regarded as non-partisan, consisting of professional economists and scientists.

Read the article for what the electorate was ignorant of and/or bamboozled on. Two bottom lines: We’re idiots and we get what we deserve. Will we ever learn?




  1. MikeN says:

    Bobbo, so do you think doctors are motivated by money?
    So you think people will quit practicing because of cuts in payments?

  2. bobbo, people who vote Republican are not necessarily stupid, but enough stupid people vote Republican to keep the party alive says:

    Mike–everyone is “partially” motivated by money and partially motivated by 15 other variably valid issues, each of us having our favorites. We are also restricted/motivated by the choices society makes available.

    I am an expert in Healthcare. I say that not to establish any authority, but to telegraph my short temper on the subject.

    I have seen docs kill patients because they operate when too tired, having spent the evening before at an investment meeting on how to skim private pay patients away from the local community non profit hospital. That issue alone, the allowance to allow docs who have been given a government enforced monopoly to practice medicine ALSO BEING ALLOWED to engage in non medical practice activities, is in short destroying the healthcare delivery/quality of care outcomes in America. Quite sublime, an unintended consequence when started. Now, the desire of docs to make MORE MONEY after already being millionaires, is very intentional. One always should keep in mind: How much is enough? Money should be used to maximize productivity. As with most things, USA overshoots the mark and money corrupts bringing worse results than if other motivational factors were given any modicum of respect.

    Is everyone motivated in part by money? Yes. Does money corrupt the main activity involved? Yes.

    Much of what you get in any social system is ordained from the rules you set in place to play the game. Intentional and unintentional consequences are always the result. Its rare anyone ever analyzes the results and how to change the controlling practices.

    Everyone becomes a values voter rather than a pragmatic reviewer.

    Silly Hoomans.

  3. bobbo, people who vote Republican are not necessarily stupid, but enough stupid people vote Republican to keep the party alive says:

    Well that was a small tangent.

    Mike: Organized medicine is constantly calling the end of the world “if” ….. and certainly a few docs quit all the time over anything you can name. No more latex free gloves? I’m out of here. Many more docs retire and claim whatever BS catches their fancy at the moment.

    I assume more than ordinary number of docs will quit/retire if they see their reimbursement from the gov/private ins go down again and/or their paperwork requirement go up at the same time. THAT goes to money as well as wanting to be treated as a professional. A double whammy. Fine. They are burned out cases forgetting why they nominally went into medicine to begin with. By that, I mean the time before their second year of med school.

    Money corrupts. If not directly in what they charge for a 15 minute “short consult” then to the way they PUSH to only spend 10-5-3 minutes providing that consult. More FRAUD in American Medicine by such money motivation than is ever recognized. It goes much deeper. Best docs I know overworking themselves because of the physician/specialty shortage THEN fighting to “keep standards high” and not let para-professionals encroach on any of the pie. Money.

    Yes, dear friends, money corrupts. It corrupts to the point that intelligent people like KD can think his fable about GPA’s is worth repeating regarding the evils of providing a social safety net.

    I/docs/KD have ours, screw all y’all. Corrupt.

  4. MikeN says:

    Well then bobbo, if doctors are going to quit, good luck lowering prices. You are manufacturing a shortage. Ironically this will increase emergency room visits, the very thing this was supposed to reduce.
    You mention profiting off of a government imposed monopoly. How about we focus on that monopoly which isn’t quite a monopoly? Let’s eliminate some licensing requirements, maybe let more foreign doctors in.

  5. bobbo, people who vote Republican are not necessarily stupid, but enough stupid people vote Republican to keep the party alive says:

    Oh Mikey–you are confusing/conflating/mixing up/got wrong every thing you say.

    Pick one and make a supported point. See my short temper?

  6. JimD says:

    The Corps and the Rich have been buying politicians since 1776 !!! Didn’t need the Supremes to validate it either !!! And there isn’t any way to change it short of Revolution, which Jefferson recommended we have every 20 years of so !!!


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