How Stupid Is The American Electorate? Would Americans Vote For A Socialist State If Given The Chance?

How Stupid Is The American Electorate?

Let’s start with this Dictionary.Com definition of intelligence:




capacity for learning, reasoning, understanding, and similar forms of mental activity; aptitude in grasping truths, relationships, facts, meanings, etc.
Now I want you to rate the intelligence of the American electorate on a scale of 1 to 10. But, before you do that please consider this opinion poll I found at Hot Air  on what Americans think of Congress compared to other things.

When asked if they have a higher opinion of either Congress or a series of unpleasant or disliked things, voters said they had a higher opinion of root canals (32 for Congress and 56 for the dental procedure), NFL replacement refs (29-56), head lice (19-67), the rock band Nickelback (32-39), colonoscopies (31-58), Washington DC political pundits (34- 37), carnies (31-39), traffic jams (34-56), cockroaches (43-45), Donald Trump (42-44), France (37-46), Genghis Khan (37-41), used-car salesmen (32-57), and Brussels sprouts (23-69) than Congress.

Congress did manage to beat out telemarketers (45-35), John Edwards (45-29), the Kardashians (49-36), lobbyists (48-30), North Korea (61-26), the ebola virus (53-25), Lindsay Lohan (45-41), Fidel Castro (54-32), playground bullies (43-38), meth labs (60- 21), communism (57-23), and gonorrhea (53-28).

So, Americans like Congress better than Brussels sprouts but less than gonorrhea. Then, WHY IN THE HELL DO WE KEEP RE-ELECTING PEOPLE WE DON’T LIKE??? The American electorate has to be pretty stupid to do that, right? I’m feeling generous today so I am going to score them a 2.

Please keep your intelligence score for the American electorate in mind as we consider the second question in today’s title.

Would  Americans Vote For A Socialist State If Given The Chance?

Because America is a republic and not a democracy, our constitution does not allow for referendums at the federal level. But, what if it did? What if Americans were given the chance to decide once and for all the we do or do not want to be a socialist state? We have effectively been voting to become a socialist state in bits and pieces for decades, haven’t we? But, the problem is we never vote to pay for all the socialist programs and, as a result, America is over $16 trillion in debt. So, let’s imagine that today’s Americans were given a chance to vote on two questions in a national referendum to answer whether we want to be socialist and do we want to pay for socialism. Here are the two questions your humble observer has the American voters:

  1. America should have all the social programs that Sweden has.  (Everything under the sun)      Yes or No
  2. Americans should pay taxes like the Swedes do. ( 70%)        Yes or No.

Consider the intelligence score you gave the American voters, how do you think they would vote on the two referendum questions? My opinion is they would vote overwhelming YES on Question 1 and overwhelmingly NO on Question 2.
More debt anyone?

Well, now you know what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?


19 thoughts on “How Stupid Is The American Electorate? Would Americans Vote For A Socialist State If Given The Chance?

  1. The takers have already tacitly announced they want everything under the sun for free. Do they want the taxes that goes along with that decision? No. That’s what “rich” people are for.

    This latest gun grab “crisis” has me truly frightened. Things are spinning out of control so fast it’s almost impossible to keep up. And as I said last night at the dinner table, “Every time there’s a new “crisis”, I immediately look around to see what they’re trying to divert our attention from.”

  2. I’ll go along with you and give the electorate a 2. Only because there are some smart people. The majority proved themselves a 1 in November.

    I also agree that people would vote for socialist policies but not for paying for them. As I’ve said many times, people just don’t understand the very simplest economic principle: There is no such thing as a free lunch.

    By the way, Jim, I’m blogging regularly again at Stop by and see what you think. (That goes for my fellow Conservatives on Fire too. Thanks!)

    1. Glad to see you posting again, Pat. I wrote a long comment on your post today, but when I click to post it I recieved a message that I had “timed out”. I guess I had your comment box open for too long because I was interrupted for about ten minutes. I’ll try again tomorrow.

  3. I am with H.L. Mencken on this one: “democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance”.

    Remember it every time that you listen to a politician being interview on Fox that will give you the cliché that, “the American people are not stupid”. (“American” can be substituted for “World’s”)

    For me, democracy is the dictatorship of the masses of the ignorant and uninformed over the thinking individual.

  4. The Congress approval numbers express dissatisfaction from all sides, so that is why the numbers are so low. They are not liberal enough for the libs and not conservative for the for the conservatives, which should tell an intelligent person that they can’t please everybody, so they should instead leave their hands off issues better left to the states and the people.

    They are imposing one-size-fits-all laws on a large, diverse nation.

    To answer your questions at the end, yes, they would vote for Socialism

  5. I think you are about right with your evaluation of the American people when it comes to politics, a 2 is about right, how else can you explain the fact we keep sending the same people back to Washington? I think Americans would vote yes on both counts. They seem to want the social programs and they don’t think that voting for a high tax rate would affect then because they think they would be voting only for the rich to pay those higher taxes, although the fiscal cliff debacle should prove to them otherwise.

  6. People really don’t know what they want. Also, some of our fellow citizens are hopelessly left-wing.

    Off-topic: How is Oguh Zevahc doing?

  7. Averages are made from highs and lows. In the case of the nation’s collective IQ we are penalized by at least 43% of the electorate experiencing reality only when they do their bathroom paperwork. They become lawyers, teachers, and social workers. They cannot handle numbers outside their checkbook, and watch movies that deliver social lessons. Al Jazeera Gore is their hero, and they all believe global warming is the most dangerous threat to the world since the K-T Mass Extinction event. These people are known as Democrats, and they contribute to a lower average national intelligence.

    Another 43% are Republicans and Libertarians, people who think through situations, understand that poop stinks, and know there is not a clean end to a turd with which to lift it. These hardy souls are the backbone of the country, and indeed are the reason the country has a backbone. They do not shrink in the face of adversity, and do not panic when they hear curse words or off-color jokes. They are savvy people and increase the average IQ of the nation.

    The other 14% of the population is positively stupid, and does not have a clue how the world operates. These people are called Independents

    All three crowds will vote for all the free stuff they can, but refuse to pay for it.

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