Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Who Shouldn't be Allowed to Vote? Uninformed Fox News Viewers?

Are you too dumb to vote? This shouldn't even be a question, much less an actual topic, but Fox News host Bill O'Reilly and John Stossell posed the question anyway again.

It's not the first time conservatives have brought up the issue of "dumb voter exclusion." But it seemed particularly relevant ever since Obama appearances at the University of Wisconsin's Library Mall in front of hoards of "unqualified" student voters.

As I mentioned, the idea of excluding dumb voters isn't new, it's just that it would snare in its traps most Fox News viewers.

During the war in Iraq, the University of Maryland conducted a study: The polling, conducted by the Program on International Policy (PIPA) at the University of Maryland and Knowledge Networks also reveals that the frequency of these misperceptions varies significantly according to individuals’ primary source of news.

Those who primarily watch Fox News are significantly more likely to have misperceptions (emphasis added), while those who primarily listen to NPR or watch PBS are significantly less likely.

So here's a trip down memory lane as State Sen. Glenn Grothman, Stossel, Frank Luntz and others explore weeding out the stupidly bad citizen.

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