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The amazing number of people who know nothing about the health-care ruling
Washington Post ^ | 07/04/2012 | Chris Cillizza

Posted on 07/04/2012 7:05:51 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

One of the most common mistakes made in political reporting is to assume that average voter is following the daily news cycle as closely as we are. He or she isn’t.

The latest poll numbers from the Pew Research Center on the Supreme Court’s decision on President Obama’s health-care law are (yet another) affirmation of that fact. Forty-five percent — yes 45 percent! — of respondents in the Pew poll either didn’t know what the court had done in regards the health care law (30 percent) or thought that the court had rejected most of the provisions of the law (15 percent).

Let’s just make sure we are all clear: Forty-five percent of people didn’t know about or were misinformed about the most highly publicized Supreme Court case since — at least — Bush v. Gore in 2000 that dealt with the landmark legislative accomplishment of Obama’s first term in office. That is staggering stuff.

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abortion; deathpanels; obamacare; obamacaredecision; scotus; tunedoutcitizens; zerocare

1 posted on 07/04/2012 7:06:02 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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2 posted on 07/04/2012 7:07:23 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: SeekAndFind

SIMPLE: Øbama is but a symptom of an illiterate ellectorate.


3 posted on 07/04/2012 7:10:21 AM PDT by bicyclerepair ( REPLACE D-W-S ! http://www.karenforcongress.com)
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To: SeekAndFind

When was the last time you had the time or opportunity to read a 2,700 page book? This was all part of the design. We need an amendment that limits any Bill passed by Congress to be less than 30 pages.


4 posted on 07/04/2012 7:12:47 AM PDT by immadashell
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To: SeekAndFind
"The amazing number of people who know nothing about the health-care ruling anything"


5 posted on 07/04/2012 7:12:57 AM PDT by ex91B10 (We've tried the Soap Box,the Ballot Box and the Jury Box; ONE BOX LEFT!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Reality shows -The opiate of tne people!


6 posted on 07/04/2012 7:13:33 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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But I’ll bet you 99% know that Snooki is pregnant.

And that’s the way it is July 4th, 2012.

No wonder we worry about the fate of our republic....


7 posted on 07/04/2012 7:14:19 AM PDT by pineybill
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To: SeekAndFind

Now they want to know why people are ill-informed....they don’t want to look in the mirror....just media trying to explain their failure to report, instead they protected as a co-conspirator would, and NOW with it all falling apart they act dumbfounded.


8 posted on 07/04/2012 7:17:33 AM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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All I know about Snooki, I learned on Saturday Nite Live. Kinda like what liberals learned about Sarah Palin. That “I can see Russia from my house” nonsense!
9 posted on 07/04/2012 7:18:48 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: SeekAndFind

IMO, probably the same group that don’t pay income tax.


10 posted on 07/04/2012 7:18:57 AM PDT by duckman (Dr Ben Carlson: Vision Not Division.)
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To: pineybill

Or the latest nonsense from the Kardashian attention-seekers


11 posted on 07/04/2012 7:29:02 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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“One of the most common mistakes made in political reporting is to assume that average voter is following the daily news cycle as closely as we are.”

One of the most common mistakes on FR is to assume that the average voter even cares; news is gleaned from “The Daily Show” (courtesy of the Comedy Channel), and is 100% accurate with no bias. /s


12 posted on 07/04/2012 7:29:20 AM PDT by kearnyirish2
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RE: But I’ll bet you 99% know that Snooki is pregnant.

Who on earth is Snooki and out of the millions of pregnant women out there, why should we care that she is pregnant?


13 posted on 07/04/2012 7:30:50 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: SeekAndFind

Snooki is a rare giant panda.


14 posted on 07/04/2012 7:38:35 AM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: SeekAndFind

90% of folks only know about the “free stuff”.


15 posted on 07/04/2012 7:42:43 AM PDT by G Larry (I'm under no obligation to be a passive victim!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Tremendous opportunity here for the GOP and Romney’s PACs to spend big bucks on dumbed-down ads on the entertainment channels, telling the politically illiterate what Obama is doing to them.


16 posted on 07/04/2012 7:49:08 AM PDT by Jedidah
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To: SeekAndFind

Which is exactly why they made it where the REAL clinchers didn’t start until after Obama was re-elected.


17 posted on 07/04/2012 7:49:36 AM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to the tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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So her full name is actually “Snooki-Snooki”?


18 posted on 07/04/2012 7:50:33 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Monkey see, monkey do7.After replacing the fourth and fifth original monkeys, all the monkeys which have been sprayed with cold water have been replaced.
Nevertheless, no monkey ever again approaches the stairs.
(and you wonder why people quit trying to achieve)

19 posted on 07/04/2012 7:57:26 AM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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They’ll know soon enough when most find out they can’t get a tax refund again that will PO them more than anything else. If they aren’t paying attention and aren’t ill what else is gonna advise them something terrible has happened? Just because they passed a law saying you have to buy health insurance who all hears and knows this? My bet is not as many as our rulers think


20 posted on 07/04/2012 8:17:57 AM PDT by SaintDismas
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“Øbama is but a symptom of an illiterate ellectorate.”

It is by no means an accidents. Years ago I had an old Italian guy explain why they didn’t want the monarchy anymore: “They didn’t want people to learn to read and write; they wanted them to be ignorant.”

To their rulers they were nothing more than farm animals.


21 posted on 07/04/2012 8:32:31 AM PDT by kearnyirish2
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They’ll know soon enough when most find out they can’t get a tax refund again that will PO them more than anything else

By then it is wayyyyy too late.

22 posted on 07/04/2012 8:38:04 AM PDT by Mygirlsmom (Are you breathing????? There's a tax for that.)
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To: SeekAndFind

These people don’t want to know the details. All they know is the one they worship would not possibly do something that would hurt them.


23 posted on 07/04/2012 9:46:53 AM PDT by Terry Mross ( To all my kin: Do not attempt to contact me as long as you love obama.)
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To: bicyclerepair
SIMPLE: Øbama is but a symptom of an illiterate ellectorate.

And the Supreme CØurt supports GØvernment confiscation in the name of an illiterate ellectorate.

24 posted on 07/04/2012 10:39:04 AM PDT by alrea (And it's not right at home right now, and the American people know it." C. Rice)
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To: SeekAndFind

This is why we all need to personally go out of our way to wise up as many people as possible.


25 posted on 07/04/2012 11:18:36 AM PDT by Sons of Union Vets (No taxation without representation!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Whatever. All I know is nows I get free medicine and stuff.


26 posted on 07/04/2012 11:25:53 AM PDT by 21twelve
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I resent the tone of this article. It implies that I SHOULD have read the two-thousand page monstrosity. AND Roberts’ English-torturing decision. In their entirety.

Dead wrong. That’s not my job.

The Constitution can be read and understood by anyone with a high school education. And that’s as it should be.

But increasingly, our “rulers,” lawyers all, have imposed the esoteric language of lawyers on the body politic. You can’t speak it unless you go to law school and breathe the rarefied D.C. air.

I know exactly what I need to know: This bill puts 1/7 of the American economy under government control, and will usher in rationing.

That cannot be Constitutional, because no words in the easily understandable Constitution permit such government expansion.

This bill destroys the most advanced medical science apparatus the world has ever known.

That can’t be Constitutional, because you cannot read the Constitution as a charter for the government to destroy private industry and go to war against the wishes of the people.

So I know all I need to know about the extraordinary events of the last year vis-a-vis healthcare, Washington Post. And speaking in the jargon of the uninformed prole that I am: Bite. Me.


27 posted on 07/04/2012 11:38:10 AM PDT by Blue Ink
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Who on earth is Snooki and out of the millions of pregnant women out there, why should we care that she is pregnant?

Even Bill 0'Reilly knows who Snookie is and so should you, because she is an idiot that has great influence among the other young idiots that can vote.

Other great pictures gag.

28 posted on 07/04/2012 7:30:44 PM PDT by itsahoot (The Political Elites are the modern Royals, and the king shall have his due.)
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To: pineybill

Snooki? Who / what is Snooki? Apparently a female of some species.


29 posted on 07/04/2012 7:47:01 PM PDT by gitmo ( If your theology doesn't become your biography it's useless.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Some people should not vote.


30 posted on 07/04/2012 7:52:53 PM PDT by gitmo ( If your theology doesn't become your biography it's useless.)
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