A knowledge survey asked voters about 24 popular policy topics. A majority of voters had the wrong answers. The “conventional wisdom”, it turns out, is often wrong.
This survey measured voters’ knowledge – rather than measuring their opinion. As our blog has noted previously, an opinion poll is a measure of the effectiveness of prior propaganda messaging. Consequently, setting policy based on opinion polling is turning policy making over to the most effective propagandist.
A survey that measures one’s knowledge is different than an opinion poll and tells us whether those being polled understand the issues – or not. Most voters, it seems, do not understand the issues – but often hold strong opinions not based in facts.
Ignorance on important policy topics is widespread and possibly the result of widespread propaganda messaging operations.
- Take a look at the questions in the survey – how well do you understand these topics?
- What effect does ignorance have on public opinion and policy?