Reuters Poll Reveals Americans Can No Longer Think for Themselves

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Watching the nation go crazy over the election, jumping on one side of the coin or the other and mindlessly defending their team with total disregard for other perspectives, genuine facts or valid ideas, one has to wonder if the typical American is even capable of thinking for themselves. A recent national poll sheds insight into this question.

A new Reuters’ poll looking at what they call the ‘Trump Effect’ finds that the American people tend to base their opinions on important issues on previously held partisan affiliations and opinions, showing that many do not engage in critical or logical thought when considering such issues.

“A Reuters/Ipsos poll asked people to consider a series of statements President Donald Trump made on taxes, crime, the news media and a host of other issues. In many instances, the data suggests that people will orient their opinions according to what they think of him.” [Source]

As explained further by Annie Holmquist of Intellectual Takeout:

“… a recent survey by Reuters casts a bit of doubt on how well people really know their own minds and understand the political principles they say they adhere to. It appears that many Americans base their views on whether a particular authority figure holds them.

As Reuters explains, surveyors read a variety of political statements which Donald Trump made on the campaign trail to mixed groups of Republicans and Democrats. One group was told that each statement was made by Trump; the other omitted that important detail. In almost every case, Democrat support for the statement decreased when Trump’s name was attached, while Republican support increased.” [Source]

The survey is well-illustrated in the following diagrams regarding a question about whether or not the respondent cares if a government official, or Donald Trump, financially benefits from their position in government. The results of the first question reveal one side of the picture, perhaps closest to their true feelings.

When Donald Trump’s name was inserted into the question, the results were drastically different, showing how much of an influence party affiliations can have on someones beliefs.

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For more examples of how politics affects the American mind, visit the study outline, here.

Final Thoughts

The deliberate dumbing down of America’s children in public schools, decades of television programming, 24 hour corporate news, biased news agencies and corporate/consumer culture have all certainly contributed to the collapse of the American mind. Americans simply can no longer distinguish fact from opinion, truth from propaganda, and have no understanding of logic.

Alex Pietrowski is an artist and writer concerned with preserving good health and the basic freedom to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. He is a staff writer for WakingTimes.com and Offgrid Outpost, a provider ofstorable food and emergency kits. Alex is an avid student of Yoga and life.

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6 Responses to Reuters Poll Reveals Americans Can No Longer Think for Themselves

  1. SFWhite says:

    Though I strongly agree that we have been undergoing a vicious program of “dumbing-down” in our public schools for generations, the underlying premise of personal opinion guiding decisions isn’t new. People always bring their personal perceptions of the world as they know it into their decisions, because they’re humans, not machines. Thomas Jefferson complained constantly about the blatant lies printed in newspapers that the people more often than not readily accepted as truth.

    Today we suffer from information overload. As a result we become exhausted trying to wade through it all, no matter how critical to the quality of our lives much of that information is. Edward Bernays used the general ignorance of the people coupled with enticing arguments in favor of whatever he was pushing to manipulate the public. Jonathan Gruber, the architect of ObamaCare, bragged about his using the general stupidity of the people to craft the healthcare bill in such language and in such a convoluted manner that made it nearly impossible for the common person to grasp what it actually said and did.

    Political parties are a result of the general inability of the populace to be aware of the facts on critical subjects that affect the nation generally. They *expect* the leaders of their party to be up on whatever they propose and/or pass laws concerning, so they choose a party platform that most closely conforms to their personal beliefs, and trust their party leaders to have the best interests of their constituents at heart. Yeah, right. In modern times, that is no longer true, our leaders are as clueless as the rest of us, and often led by greed and corruption rather than what’s best for the people they represent. Also, often our “leaders” are as easily led by carefully crafted arguments as the rest of us, even on subjects they were elected to guard our interests concerning, not recognizing those arguments are lies.

    That’s why our Founders chose to tightly curtail the powers of the Federal Government, they understood human failings. The greatest sin we as Americans have committed is ignoring the Founders’ warnings and allowing our leaders to grab more and more powers away from the people, giving those usurped powers to the Federal Government. ALL increase in the power of the Federal Government at the expense of the powers and freedoms of the people is unconstitutional. However, until the people have had enough, it won’t stop. We’re all human, basically clueless on the majority of what goes on around us, because we’re busy with our own lives. That’s the barbed hook, the wide-open secret the unscrupulous us to catch us and have us for dinner.

  2. David A. Wissler says:

    THERE IS NO DOUBT, THAT AMERICANS HAVE BEEN DUMBED DOWN, BY LIES

  3. All the more reason for us sheep to follow our Shepherd whose “thoughts are not [our] thoughts, neither [our] ways [His] ways…. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are [His] ways higher than [our] ways, And [His] thoughts than [our] thoughts” (per Isaiah 55:8-9), and without which were but fodder for the wolves.

  4. MA in MO says:

    We are a country that is about evenly divided. Those who can’t think for themselves are the ones wearing pink hats and protesting unseen and non-existent issues while the important issues like FMG, war on Christians, muslime/islime invasion of Western countries is going unnoticed under the guise of political correctness.

    • RockyMtn1776 says:

      Well said. It took the Fascists/Communists about 50 years to push the US population to this level. This did not start with Obama but he did take it to an entirely new level. I see only one way out of this now.

  5. VirgoVince says:

    Ugly lefturd idiots are the ONLY ones that ‘No Longer Think for Themselves’!!
    They’ve turned to barbarians; Brain damage will do that to ya!!

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