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Thank God they Cleared That Up!  | e-mail post

We should all thank the Associated Press for producing a news infographic with a subhead, "Population, not land determines number of electoral votes." I wish I had known that sooner, because I've been confused why the candidates were bothering going to places like New Hampshire or New Jersey but skipping Alaska, Texas and California. It all makes more sense now. But seriously...


There was a time when I would have definitively said the AP was insulting the intelligence of voters. Today, I'm not so sure.

I've been writing the past few days about political ignorance, in general, and among the youth. But if the AP feels the need to put something like this together, well, maybe its worse than I thought.

You can see the whole PDF from the Cincinnati Enquirier website.

Today's Chicago Sun-Times Quick Takes from Zay Smith also highlights some of our nation's ignorance about politics and policy:
  • Eighty-five percent of Americans can't name their congressman.

  • Forty-one percent of Americans don't know who Dennis Hastert is.

  • Twenty percent of Americans aged 18 to 29 list "Saturday Night Live" or "The Daily Show" as their primary source of political news.

  • Fifty-eight percent of Americans can't name a single Cabinet-level department.

  • Sixty-two percent of Americans aged 18 to 24 can't find New Jersey on a map.
Happy Election Day!




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