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Sep 11 - Why Poor People Don’t Pay Attention to Politics
 

 
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A new poll from Morning Consult confirms an ongoing trend: voters who pay a lot of attention to politics are more likely to support Elizabeth Warren, while those who pay less attention are more likely to support Bernie Sanders.

Predictably, polls like this have been fueling a talking point, shared by the reactionary right and liberals alike, that voting for Sanders is an expression of ignorance and unintelligence. A typical take from the right-wing American Thinker:

With Venezuela’s grand failure of socialism, it would probably take a stupid person to ever support the idea of electing a socialist candidate here. Sure enough, something like it is going on.

Anyway, another poll recently came out that asks the same question — but breaks the numbers down demographically, instead of by candidate. From the latest YouGov / Economist survey:


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So, what’s going on here? As far as I can tell, there are two plausible interpretations:

Society’s most privileged demographics — white, male, aging, and, above all, rich — have a better understanding of politics than everyone else.

The poor and oppressed don’t spend a lot of time consuming political infotainment — in part because they don’t have a lot of leisure time, in part because the media doesn’t focus on the issues that they care about, and in part because they’ve become politically disengaged from a party primary process that never serves them well. This does not mean that they are less informed about the issues that matter to them, or less intelligent — it just means that they’re investing their time and attention efficiently.

I know which of these conclusions pundits on the Right will endorse. The interesting question is: What do Sanders critics on the liberal left think?



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 1 week ago '18        #2
Lord God  94 heat pts94
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fu*king embarrassing as a demographic.

Too fu*kin #woke to realize there's a reason wealthy rich men keep themselves so informed. Yes, there is a conglomerate deciding elections for us... It's your lazy a*s sitting at home planning to scoop some Jordans while almost everyone else in shaping the country.

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Gramz  985 heat pts985
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 Lord God said
fu*king embarrassing as a demographic.

Too fu*kin #woke to realize there's a reason wealthy rich men keep themselves so informed. Yes, there is a conglomerate deciding elections for us... It's your lazy a*s sitting at home planning to scoop some Jordans while almost everyone else in shaping the country.
You can plan to cop some Jordans and still pay attention to politics

I may very well walk some precincts for either Bernie or Liz while rockin' my J's

(I get the point you're trying to make but a lot of people think politics don't concern them but it's just as much their country as it is others.)
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DUCEDUCE  16 heat pts16
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Being poor is something else. You trying to survive and you think you got time to see what some politician is going do for you?
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Lord God  94 heat pts94
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Being poor is something else. You trying to survive and you think you got time to see what some politician is going do for you?
Don't let the phrase fool you... "Paying attention" is free, as is voting.

Poverty is a bi*ch, but the suggestion that folks can't find 60 minutes out of a year to attend a local mayoral town hall is astoundingly false.
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 1 week ago '04        #6
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US Government is just a fraternity designed to keep whites and high income yes men wealthy and comfortable.

No one outside of the 100K plus whites should give a single.fu*k about politics in this country. Learn from history smacking you in the face and showing you how little change has taken place and how if anything ever got better it was YOU who made it better. Not some archaic system.of wealth insulation.
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DUCEDUCE  16 heat pts16
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 Lord God said
Don't let the phrase fool you... "Paying attention" is free, as is voting.

Poverty is a bi*ch, but the suggestion that folks can't find 60 minutes out of a year to attend a local mayoral town hall is astoundingly false.
Not when you working two jobs taking the bus everywhere. Get off your high horse.
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only time change happens in this country is when them “People” get shook... Guns laws in Cali only changed because the Panthers mobbed on state capitol standing behind that open carry law holding shotguns and rifles... shortly after that California changed they gun laws....
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 1 week ago '19        #9
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I see poor ppl of all colors on that graph. Before y'all come in with y'all black hate bullsh*t
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 1 week ago '18        #10
antisocial100  1 heat pts1
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Black ppl are an enigma

 1 week ago '19        #11
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Voting locally matters. Nationally, not so much. You can impact your own community tho



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