Should all people vote … or, just those who are “informed”?

Sometimes I scratch my head and wonder whether “one man, one vote” makes sense.

Polls routinely reveal that a majority of Americans have marginal knowledge of government, politics, and political issues.

All citizens should be allowed to vote.

But, should these uninformed citizens vote?

YouGov.com conducted a survey that queried people’s opinions on  that specific issue.

image

=============

Overall, it was a split vote … with a slight plurality (46%) saying that all citizens should vote and 42% saying that only the well-informed should vote.

The results are more interesting if you drill down to the poll’s “internals”:

============

Party Affiliation

A majority of Democrats (52%) say that citizens should vote whether well-informed or not.

Only 31% of Dems say that a person should only vote if they are well-informed.

An ironic twist: Dems think that they’re smart (well-informed) and Trump voters are dumb as rocks.  Hmmm.

image

On the flipside, a majority of Independents (51%) say that only well-informed citizens should vote.

============

Gender

A majority of men (50%) say that only well-informed citizens should vote.

image

A majority of women (51%) say that all citizens should vote.

Only 34% of women agree with men that only well-informed citizens should vote.

============

Race

A clear majority of Blacks (60%) say that all citizens should vote.

Only 22% of Blacks say that only well-informed citizens should vote.

image

Whites and Hispanics are pretty evenly split on the issue.

============

One of the more interesting findings:

Younger Americans (aged 19-29) are most inclined (60%) to say that only well-informed citizens should vote.

image

Of course, the younger folks probably think they’re the only ones who are well-informed.

============

These are the numbers.

But, they raise a couple of obvious questions:

1) What does it mean to be “well-informed”?

2) So, what to do about it, if anything?

Tomorrow, we’ll address the first question: what is “well-informed”?

============

Follow on Twitter @KenHoma

>> Latest Posts

#HomaFiles

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s