National Poll Finds Majority of Voters Misinformed, Especially Democrats

National Poll Finds Majority of Voters Misinformed, Especially Democrats

Voting is one of the most sacred duties an American can carry out. Regardless of things like color, creed, background or net worth, every U.S. citizen has the ability to effect change through their country simply by casting their ballots.

We have the ability to grow or destroy America through our votes, yet this awesome power is sadly treated as trivial by far too many.

A new national study from the Conquest Communications Group reveals a disturbing, yet unsurprising truth: The majority of voters are alarmingly misinformed, particularly Democrats.

From JustFacts.com:

Each side considers the other to be ignorant, blinded by partisanship, or simply dishonest. This conflict goes well beyond subjective beliefs but to the actual facts of key issues. So-called “fact checkers” claim to settle such disputes, but they often mislead readers by overlooking vital facts, misrepresenting the sources they cite, and reporting the opinions of selected “experts” as if they were facts.

To shed light on these matters, Just Facts commissions a professional polling firm to conduct a scientific, nationwide annual poll of people who vote “every time there is an opportunity” or in “most” elections. In other words, these are engaged citizens who regularly exercise their constitutional right to choose the politicians who govern them.

While most polls measure public opinion, this unique poll measures voters’ knowledge of issues that affect their lives in tangible ways. These include education, taxes, healthcare, the national debt, pollution, government spending, Social Security, global warming, energy, and hunger.

Each year, the poll also includes a question about a prevalent, controversial issue. This year’s question is about racial disparities in the use of deadly force by police officers. This is the driving factor behind NFL player protests during the national anthem.

So what exactly did the results show us? Does it align with the leftist notion that Republicans are nothing more than misinformed rednecks compared to scientific fact-loving Democrats?

Well... no.

Although both Democrats and Republicans did horribly overall when it came to knowledge of the issues (answering correctly only 38% of the time), the study found that the group that did worse overall were those that voted Democrat.

While 47% of Republicans were knowledgeable about U.S. issues, only 31% of Democrats had their facts straight.

Among the results, one of the less-surprising results were the responses to the question "Relative to the rates at which people of different races commit murder, are police more likely to use deadly force against African Americans than other races?" While 71% of Republicans answered "no" correctly, only 13% of Democrat voters got it right.

You can see more information about the study here and here.

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