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Shock Study: Voters Manipulated by Politicians!

Average voter is unable to accurately assess politicians, new research shows

(Phys.org)—A new study has thrown doubt on the ability of the average voter to make an accurate judgement of the performance of their politicians, showing that voter biases appear to be deep-seated and broad.

Prior research has suggested that random events such as shark attacks or hurricanes decrease the votes received by incumbent politicians, regardless of their actual performance in office. Similarly, voters appear to give undue weight to recent economic performance and are easily swayed by rhetoric.

In a series of novel experiments, researchers Gregory A. Huber (Yale), Seth J. Hill (University of California, San Diego), and Gabriel S. Lenz (University of California, Berkeley) found that voters are susceptible to these biases even when given financial incentives to behave otherwise and when the information necessary to avoid these biases was readily available.

This in turn makes voters vulnerable to being manipulated by politicians.

The findings suggest that incumbents who associate themselves with good news for which they bear no responsibility, implement policies that generate good news close to elections at the expense of overall voter welfare, and use rhetoric that encourages people to focus on how they feel in the here and now, ignoring the long-term, could benefit at the ballot box.

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Shocked! Shocked I tell you!

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Politicians don't associate themselves, Fox News does this.

Fox News decides what to run before and after they interview a candidate.

Fox News decides what else is talked about.

The media is the monster that baits-and-switches these criminals.

They take corrupt lawyers who have done nothing to better anyone else's lives and they promote them as caring politicians holding newborns and crap.



Voters allow politicians to manipulate them.

I haven't read the article entirely, but so far I'll retain blame where it should be, on the voters. I can't help but feel this news, which boils down voters discerning truth and falsehood, is precursor for one of two oh-so-helpful tools for voters, law or a service from a company that benefits from government (regardless the sphere of government -- local, state, federal). More law or more fascism. Or more both. More aid for voters to understand their legislators. Right.

That's "aid," as in the introduction of a medium to (further) influence people what to think about their elected officials which affects what people do without meeting Or Else, a reduction of self providence. That "do" turns into "can do," the ability to do.

How so? Well, would the politician have access to who voted for whom and for what? If so, he could elevate his outlook on his constituency as numbers to the point of You voted against me, so you will face difficulty. If not personalizing his distaste, his legislation at least would be more collectivist than beforehand. Watch for more "polls." More polls, thicker cover to present the illusion that the mass of people is better off. More additions to the mass, the more mass legislation, naturally stamping out the freedom person, the thinker, the person least likely to be manipulated or who won't be manipulated.

Proximity to politics isn't good or bad. What diffentiates good and bad here is the path of proximity: self or nonself.

I'll have to click the link to read the rest of the article, but so far I'm suspicious.

School's fine. Just don't let it get in the way of thinking. -Me

Study nature, not books. -Walton F. Dutton

Last paragraph:The findings

Last paragraph:

The findings also raise a warning about the adequacy of civic education programs and media coverage of elections to help citizens to accurately judge the performance of their representatives. Understanding how to improve voter decision-making may have important implications for democracy.

Last sentence:

Understanding how to improve voter decision-making may have important implications for democracy.

First, "may" (read: permission) should be might (read: possibility).

Second, yes, understanding voter decision making is important and it's something neither the government nor anybody, any body (of people), working with it needs concern itself about more than it has. In fact, this subject is something both entities should remove themselves from.

If there are regulations, let them be from the individual. Who's concerned about politics will go the distance, he'll learn what's what. The mentally adrift will float away and the focused will persist and achieve accurate assessment.

School's fine. Just don't let it get in the way of thinking. -Me

Study nature, not books. -Walton F. Dutton

G. Eward Griffin:"If America

G. Eward Griffin:"If America is to survive as a free nation,its citizens must become far more politically educated than they are at present."

Bob Marshall

What gets me are the Liberals

What gets me are the Liberals who know about Obama and still support him. I watch people and how they react when angry or how they treat innocent people they hate or perceive as the enemy. I am not referring to defending yourself when attacked but the innocent people in Iraq where 25% of babies are born with birth defects through depleted uranium and the killing with drones. The Liberals are delusional to think that Obama will not turn on them.

"With enough of us, around the world, we’ll not just send a strong message opposing the privatization of knowledge — we’ll make it a thing of the past." ~ Aaron Swartz

Voters can be manipulated by politicians? *gasp*

Say it isn't so.


Maybe it's shocking that they had to do a study on it at all.

Lol... true that


boomers are 'f dumb

what more proof do you need

Before you continue to show

Before you continue to show your ignorance look at the 2008 and 2012 exit polls.See who the seniors voted for and which groups were the largest voters for Obama both times.

Bob Marshall

When a government consists of persons

whom the public cannot trust or even understand, it is NOT a government FOR the People BY the People, is it?

Since when was it ok for public SERVANTS to turn their MASTERS into SLAVES!!??

When we let them. When we flood Twitter with news of Kanye and Kim being preggers instead of the "Last minute" Faecal Cliff BS we KNEW was gonna happen like clock-work, that's when

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Another use for HAARP

"Grab your coat and get your hat
Leave your worries on the doorstep
Life can be so sweet [for politicians]
On the sunny side of the street..."


When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir


[This in turn makes voters vulnerable to being manipulated by politicians]...

...and Reuters, ...and AP, ...and news media networks, ...and radio/tv/movie/music industry writers, producers, celebrities, ...and advertisers, ...and teachers, ...and peers.

[...even when given financial incentives to behave otherwise and when the information necessary to avoid these biases was readily available.]


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