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Low Information Voters in the Information Age
Canada Free Press ^ | 12/5/2013 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh

Posted on 12/05/2013 7:07:13 AM PST by rktman

Young voters are easily duped and charmed by charismatic, good-looking politicians who deliver scripted and articulate speeches devoid of truth and logic.

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TOPICS: Education; Society
KEYWORDS: lownoinfo
Just goes to show that they (a lot of them) are easily fooled by someone who they THINK is charming and charismatic. Guess there are some evaluating skills missing also.
1 posted on 12/05/2013 7:07:14 AM PST by rktman
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To: rktman

take away the women’s vote and we might get back to having “real leaders”.


2 posted on 12/05/2013 7:15:57 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: rktman

She couldn’t possibly be talking about the disasters of 2008 and 2012 could she?


3 posted on 12/05/2013 7:21:31 AM PST by immadashell (The inmates are running the asylum.)
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To: Sacajaweau

[Insert pix of Mr. Hitler’s fawning teenage masses]

[Insert pix of Mr. O’Bama’s fawning “young adult” masses]


4 posted on 12/05/2013 7:22:14 AM PST by QBFimi (When gunpowder speaks, beasts listen.)
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To: Sacajaweau

I have some spare flameproof long johns for rent if you need them, just holler.

/Otter


5 posted on 12/05/2013 7:22:51 AM PST by shove_it (long ago Orwell and Rand warned us of Obama’s America)
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To: rktman

As access to information increases, so does access to disinformation.


6 posted on 12/05/2013 7:24:52 AM PST by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: Telepathic Intruder

Yes and unfortunately all major internet portals are in control of statists and progressives.


7 posted on 12/05/2013 7:26:07 AM PST by nascarnation (Wish everyone see a "Gay Kwanzaa")
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To: rktman

Calling people “Low Information Voters” may be technically correct, but it doesn’t get their vote. Ask those Democrat voters if they think they are stupid. They think they are “Street Smart” or clever. We have to show them that it is street smart to vote Republican.


8 posted on 12/05/2013 7:26:17 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: blueunicorn6

Because “they” think “they” have a clue, “they” consider us to be the ones that are uninformed and delusional. Hello kettle!


9 posted on 12/05/2013 7:31:20 AM PST by rktman (Under my plan(scheme), the price of EVERYTHING will necessarily skyrocket! Period.)
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To: rktman

It’s all ages. My aunt is 82 years old. When she first heard about Obamacare, she thought it would be wonderful. However, my aunt has no computer. She relies on what the propaganda ministry (ABC, CBS, NBC) tells her. To her credit, though, she did go to the library and do some research with the help of a librarian. But most older people wouldn’t think to find out for themselves.

Where I live, most people have voted Democrat for years — even generations. Almost impossible to get them to vote any other way.


10 posted on 12/05/2013 7:31:20 AM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: QBFimi
You have absolutely nailed my biggest fear.

The yutes have become disillusioned with Obama. But they are too intellectually untethered to have any idea what should come next. Leaving them vulnerable to the next slick-talking demagogue who can click with them at a cultural level.

Can you say Seig Heil?


11 posted on 12/05/2013 7:32:02 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Sacajaweau

I’m ashamed of my gender. These are the same ninnies who voted for Clinton because they thought he was handsome. (Where is my barf bag?)


12 posted on 12/05/2013 7:34:00 AM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: fatnotlazy

Roger that. My neighbor has a brother who is “all in” on ANYTHING the “lyin’ king” does. His only complaint, the “lyin’ king” hasn’t done enough to “straighten out” this country. No way to sway him or change his little pea brain. None.


13 posted on 12/05/2013 7:34:04 AM PST by rktman (Under my plan(scheme), the price of EVERYTHING will necessarily skyrocket! Period.)
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To: rktman
You are right... but there has always been the element which is very easily led.

However, NOW with the MSM and social media bought and paid for by the Liberals .... this group is the majority!

They are patronized and coddled by unscrupulous and greedy people who have everything to gain by cultivating a crowd of ‘low information’ automatons who will gladly and readily throw away their vote for immediate, concrete, temporary and strictly personal benefit!

14 posted on 12/05/2013 7:35:49 AM PST by SMARTY ("The test of every religious, political, or educational system is the man that it forms." H. Amiel)
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To: rktman

I’m excited about the growth of this new app, http://www.icitizen.com/ — it could appeal to and help inform the youngsters who get their one-dimensional views from government schools and Comedy Central.


15 posted on 12/05/2013 7:36:12 AM PST by fullchroma
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To: nascarnation

No kidding. Whenever I sign in I have to see the latest headlines on the Huffington rag.


16 posted on 12/05/2013 7:38:01 AM PST by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: rktman

This LIV concept is treated as if it were easy to fix.

Sure, the LIV concept seems applicable to the election for President, but what about for all the other state and local offices, Judges, etc ?

While one can get a copy of your local election ballot off the internet, how many will spend the time necessary to investigate each candidate thoroughly?

Most people don’t have the time, and many don’t even have the skills to wade through the mud on the internet.

When you voted in your local election, where there were dozens of offices, and dozens of judges to select.... did you honestly have a fully informed selection for each of your votes ?


17 posted on 12/05/2013 7:48:00 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: rktman

I don’t know what these guys think “articulate” means, but contrary to initial assertions, Obama is not articulate. And neither is Dingy Harry or Nancy Pelosi, or any of the other jerks that the media drool over.


18 posted on 12/05/2013 7:51:57 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Telepathic Intruder
As access to information increases, so does access to disinformation.

Yep, and people tend to search for and review information that agrees with them and then stop when they find it.

Winning the argument, in the moment or in the many replays, is often more important than having the right answer, even more so about deeply personal and emotional things.

Disinformation is handy to have, even irresistible, especially in politics with all that money and power at play.

Except for a rare few, part of our rationality will always sing: "Tell me lies, tell me sweet little lies..." and will want to shoot the messenger that breaks the spell.

19 posted on 12/05/2013 7:59:19 AM PST by GBA (Ezekiel ch. 7, verses 1-14...our consequences?)
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To: rktman

Young voters are, well, young. Each of my adult children had a liberal patch at about 18-23 years old. My youngest voted for Obama in 2008 and by 2012 thought Obama was the devil.


20 posted on 12/05/2013 8:06:39 AM PST by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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To: fatnotlazy
I agree....I'm female also and 70 years old. When pretty boy Kennedy was running, my daddy sat me down and told me all about the Kennedys. It was a real eye opener.

After all...he was Catholic, I was catholic. He had that Boston accent....How could you go wrong.

My dad's lesson also included "Don't believe everything you read".

21 posted on 12/05/2013 8:09:18 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: rktman

Yes, and how do they “feel” when we call them Low Information Voters? It’s a matter of selling the product. Back in the old days, there were Ford families and GM families and Chrysler families. A Chrysler salesman trying to convince a Ford person to buy his product wouldn’t start the conversation with, “Ah,you own a Ford. You’re an idiot. Want to buy a Chrysler?” Doesn’t work real good. The salesman needs to establish a connection with the buyer. “I see you drive an Explorer. Good vehicles. Let me tell you why our Durango would be a great replacement for your Explorer.” Call someone stupid and they shut down. Show some understanding, and they just might listen to you.


22 posted on 12/05/2013 8:12:32 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: GBA

I think you just said that people see only what they want to see, and that is no truer than with the common liberal. All they know is what they want at the time, and that shapes their entire moral outlook.


23 posted on 12/05/2013 8:22:14 AM PST by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: Sacajaweau
"Don't believe everything you read".

You're fortunate to have taken that lesson to heart. Many people just do not understand that the face Obama and other politicians show to the camera is not who he really is. You have to look behind the scene, which many are unwilling to. Obama has sealed all records of his past from the public and they don't even care.
24 posted on 12/05/2013 8:27:47 AM PST by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: Telepathic Intruder

Hillary sealed hers, too.


25 posted on 12/05/2013 8:29:42 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: rktman
Young voters are easily duped and charmed by charismatic, good-looking politicians who deliver scripted and articulate speeches devoid of truth and logic.

Hillary is neither good looking, nor charismatic, nor articulate, nor intelligent, but she fits the next demoCRAP/media politician..... she's liberal & a woman. Just like 0dumb0 was liberal and black (his 1/2 white doesn't count). Therefore just as 0dumb0 was the affirmative action president for being black & liberal, so will Hillary be the next president (my prediction) cause she is liberal & a woman.

Of course Sarah Palin is a woman as well, but because she is a Christian & conservative, the left viciously hates her and attacks her & mocks her, while accepting any fubar gaffes by Hillary as being the mark of a genius!

26 posted on 12/05/2013 8:30:20 AM PST by rcrngroup
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To: Telepathic Intruder
You're right, but it's not limited to liberals, per se, but true for all and generally the greater the emotion the stronger the tendency.

From an energy management point of view, the brain uses a lot of energy and from an evolutionary point of view, survival means effectively limiting it use.

It's more or less built in that most of us only think when we have to and tend to use short cuts in our thinking, such as labeling things, to lighten the load and get to an answer faster.

We take much for granted in favor of our past decisions and beliefs however we came to them, but especially so with personal ideologies imbued with emotion, such as with money, religion and politics, and tend not to want to challenge or question them.

In the cost/reward equation, the cost/effort is high and the reward a question mark. As such, many need to be "hit upside the head with the 2x4 of reality" to truly think about and question what they believe.

Until that moment of pain and cognitive dissonance, rarely do people voluntarily challenge the beliefs they've somehow acquired, and even less frequently welcome a contrary opinion to deeply or emotionally held beliefs.

Unfortunately, we, the people, are we, the indoctrinated. The trick is to get people to want their freedom when they don't even know they're enslaved or worse: they LIKE it.

Don'chu be getttin' in between someone and their infatuations, especially their "true loves" and messiahs.

27 posted on 12/05/2013 9:02:34 AM PST by GBA (Ezekiel ch. 7, verses 1-14...our consequences?)
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To: blueunicorn6
GREAT POINT. We need some marketing 101. A point Republicans really suck at.
This is so obvious it is ridiculous.
We will never get them all nor do we need to. We need to understand we have to chip away at their base getting the low hanging fruit first. There are fringe elements that we can convince if we use some psychology. Not that difficult.
Everyone wants to think they are smart. Appeal to that idea.
28 posted on 12/05/2013 9:02:58 AM PST by prof.h.mandingo (Buck v. Bell (1927) An idea whose time has come (for extreme liberalism))
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To: prof.h.mandingo
Everyone wants to think they are smart. Appeal to that idea.

True. It's tricky, but we're all in this together and a true friend will gently show someone they've been fooled and duped, that their good nature has been used against them, making them say, do and support things they don't believe in.

Then, a true friend, will step aside and watch them decide what they need to do about it.

29 posted on 12/05/2013 9:12:46 AM PST by GBA (Ezekiel ch. 7, verses 1-14...our consequences?)
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To: rktman

how about them Bulldogs?


30 posted on 12/05/2013 9:16:49 AM PST by The_Media_never_lie (Actually, they lie when it suits them! The crooked MS media must be defeated any way it can be done!)
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To: GBA

In terms of evolution, now I think you’re referring to something that can be best termed as groupthink. Tribalistic behavior, basically, which humans (being social creatures) instictively gravitate toward. But modern society is not what we evolved in, so the rules have changed. The old ways don’t work anymore and we must adopt a more spiritual outlook. Liberals just don’t get it that their behavior isn’t progressive, it’s tribalistic and is taking us backwards.


31 posted on 12/05/2013 9:22:54 AM PST by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: Telepathic Intruder
But modern society is not what we evolved in, so the rules have changed. The old ways don’t work anymore...

"Nothing new under the sun" is the response to that belief, no matter what toys we have.

We are evermore the social creature we've always been, as the popularity of social networks demonstrate and the "low information voter" verifies. What is rare is the dispassionate observer.

To understand some of what's being done to US, especially in our politics, you might enjoy studying the psychology of first impressions, advertising and marketing.

It's discouraging, but amazing, how "pre-programed" we tend to be and most have no clue how easily manipulated they are and often live and do things on a lazy sort of cruise control of habits and automatic responses.

Advertisers, marketers, serial daters and politicians definitely do understand, however, and use this understanding to their advantage. Always been that way.

Most ignore or are oblivious to that moment of choice between stimulus and response and respond instead with an automatic sub-routine.

Breaking the pattern of those automatic sub-routines is not easy and few go there unless they have to.

32 posted on 12/05/2013 9:55:59 AM PST by GBA (Ezekiel ch. 7, verses 1-14...our consequences?)
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To: GBA

Yes, we are easily manipulated. We’re hynotized, and the government doesn’t want us to snap out of it. I remember hearing Roy Masters (a bonafide hypnotist) say that mass hypnosis would be so... easy..... Especially with the modern media and TV—something you just stare at and think you’re being entertained. “How do you wake up?” is the question. Me thinks it’s the belief in a higher power.


33 posted on 12/05/2013 10:16:17 AM PST by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: fatnotlazy

I believe that the recent Virginia governor’s election was a successful test of Terry McAuliffe’s only campaign strategy
(if the wall-to-wall pro-unfettered-abort, pro-free-birth-control, pro-promiscuity television ads were any indicator), apparently based on the proposition that women primarily think with and about their reproductive organs. And vote for him they did!


34 posted on 12/05/2013 6:04:12 PM PST by crusher (Political Correctness: Stalinism Without the Charm)
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To: crusher

I guess it helps when the GOPe and moderates abandoned the Republican nominee too


35 posted on 12/05/2013 6:06:09 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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