Wednesday, July 04, 2012

What Health Care Decision?

Reveling in my sloth this morning, I come upon this Washington Post article that talks about a recent Pew Poll concerning the information that people watch to be informed about current events. 
Inside the numbers was — not surprisingly — even more eye-opening. Among 18- to 29-year-olds, one of the electoral pillars on which Obama’s 2008 victory was built, 43 percent didn’t know anything about the court ruling, and other 20 percent thought the court had rejected most of the tenets of the law. That means that roughly two in every three young people didn’t know or were mistaken about what happened Thursday at the court.
That's reassuring. Still, I remember (faintly) being in that demographic. I was concerned about paying my bills, furthering my career, worrying about kids, sometimes I'd go days between reading a newspaper or watching the evening news.
Most people — especially those who are unaffiliated or independent voters — tend to be relatively low information voters. That is, they don’t have all the facts on an issue — and they don’t really care to find them out.
I doubt that I'll ever have ALL the facts on an issue, especially on those issues that really interest me, but I like to have as many of the facts as possible, especially if those facts support my prejudices. I like to think that I'm an informed voter, but this poll makes me wonder.

1 comment:

MSgt B said...

Sounds like he's saying independents are ignant.