Science Proves Politicians Hopelessly Out of Touch with Voters

If you think politicians are wildly out of touch with the will of their constituents in America, now there is scientific evidence to back up your assertion. It’s not just your imagination. Following a study conducted by The New York Times, it appears that the brains of politicians are literally wired to perceive reality differently than normal people. Even when you show them that a majority of their constituents support or oppose a particular policy, that information just goes in one ear and comes out the other.

Before we get to the study, here’s just one example of how politicians are out of touch with their own constituents. Americans were so opposed to Obamacare in 2010 that they formed the Tea Party protests. Republican leadership in the House and Senate promised to repeal Obamacare, but first the voters had to give them control of the House. The people responded by delivering the 2010 wipeout – the largest conservative gain in Congress in US history.

Republican leaders then told us, “Oh, well, we need control of the Senate before we can really repeal Obamacare.”
The people responded again by delivering a historic defeat to the Democrats, putting Mitch McConnell in the Senate Majority Leader position and forcing Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) into retirement. Republican leaders then responded by saying, “Well, gosh, we can’t repeal Obamacare because we don’t have control of the White House.”

The American voters responded by electing the only candidate for the White House who was actually gung-ho about repealing Obamacare. They elected Donald Trump and Republicans retained control of the House and Senate. Then, despite six years of promises to the American people, Mitch McConnell, and then-House Speaker Paul Ryan suddenly lost interest in repealing Obamacare. They didn’t hold a single vote to repeal it, claiming that there wasn’t “broad support among the people” for repeal. Huh?

After six straight years of the people handing historic losses to the Democrats and saying that the specific reason was the repeal of Obamacare… they just couldn’t seem to find any constituents interested in repeal?

This all starts to make sense when you look at the double-blind study conducted by The New York Times. They set up a database online to track constituent attitudes on various political issues. Then they gave 2,346 state lawmakers access to the database, usernames, and passwords and told them how valuable it would be to start using it to gauge public support or opposition.

What the politicians didn’t know was that The New York Times was tracking how often politicians were using the database, who was using it and so forth. Then, they would follow up as if they were doing a news report and ask the politicians how the public felt about various issues.

Across the board, Republicans and Democrats were incredibly mistaken about public opinion on issues. As one example, a district would have 70 percent opposition to mandatory minimum drug sentences. But when the politician would view and study those figures and was asked about it the following day, their response would almost always be “less than 20 percent.”

What’s truly interesting about the study is that politicians who studied the constituent data were just as wrong about their constituents’ wishes as to the politicians who never even bothered to look at the data. It appears that politicians’ brains are literally wired to misperceive the reality of what the people want.

Keep this study in mind the next time you see a survey showing that 70 percent of Americans support mass deportation of illegal aliens, but the politicians don’t lift a finger to make that happen. The politicians just do what they want, without taking the concerns of the people into account.

Donald Trump proved in 2016 that the voters will actually support a candidate – even one with a few interesting quirks – if that candidate is in touch with what the voters really want. His historic victory of Hillary Clinton was really about the American people wanting our elected leaders to fix the major problems that we the people care about.

We wanted strong borders, jobs, an end to the endless wars in the Middle East, and mass deportations of illegal invaders. But all these years later, Congress still can’t seem to figure out what the American people want. Now you know why.

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  26. I knew politicians had bad issues

  27. Any political science student was a laughing stock but to be feared bc their academic inferiority presupposed they would be vindictive government employees

  28. I think we should replace them all I House and Senate. We should also have term limits for House and Senate, same as President: 8 years and you’re out!

  29. Politicians are to busy screwing around going to parties, bed hopping and partying to their egotistical ” hey look at me I’m a big hot politician.”that believes they know it all .. kinda’ like most people in this country that basically reach the level of functional profeciency and their mentality freezes at the moron level..

  30. So basically, they just get into office and do what they want. Like all the politicians before them just about. And they wonder why they are the brunt of all the jokes.

  31. Send this to our POLITICIANS

  32. As was just shown in the most election, the do nothing REPUBLICANS LOST THE HOUSE AND WERE LUCKY ENOUGH TO KEEP THE SENATE. AMERICANS ARE NOT AS STUPID AS SOME POLITICIANS THINK. You do not do what is the best for AMERICA OR IT’S PEOPLE Y O U A R E O U T O F T H E R E .

  33. Our politicians today see themselves as the new era royalty and aristocratic of days gone by!
    They don’t live like the common man. They don’t have to follow the same laws and rules of the
    common citizen, as we do. They are pampered and treated with undue awe and respect.
    And, their expectations are that they are all due this benevolence. Is there any wonder they
    are seen as out of touch with reality. They, in their own eyes, are idem-gods and can do all,
    be held responsible for nothing and do as they damn well want/please!
    And, that is why we desperately need term limitations on all elected officials so as to topple
    that “golden pedestal” they all want to be on.

  34. Most politicians are only interested in two things. Money and power. You cannot become a millionaire in a few years making 174,000 dollars a year honestly. You need power so you listen to big business instead of the people you lied to to get elected.
    The double blind study is a farce promoted by the New Your Times.

  35. Vote them out of office and get people in there that care about the American people.

  36. It could be and is very likely that these so-called leaders are being paid tremendous amounts of money to think the way they do. That, at least, would be my best explanation as to why they always seem to vote against the American people. They can’t all be so dumb as to come to most of the conclusions concerning what Americans want and need is for them to make so many stupid decisions as they do for all of us. It is time to enforce the laws of this nation and stop all of the corruption in our House and Senate. It is sickening to read all this disappointing shit daily and no one, except President Trump, and a few newly appointed officials of his staff. “Get off your worthless asses and do the jobs that America is paying you to do” and that will end this craziness in our government.

  37. We the people,we count.Time for them to remember that.Built the wall.No gun control( we need our guns to protect all the bad illegals that you let in because of no wall.We want term limits and SSI for politicos and not lifetime retirement benefits .

  38. I have been saying this for years and anyone with any common sense knows it to be true. The politicians think they are in office to do as THEY PLEASE not as the people that put them there wish. They do not seem to realize that they work for us not the other way around. We fought a revolution to get away from royalty that did as it pleased and it seems like we have come full circle back to being ruled by people that think they are the elite of the population and can and will do as they please.

  39. So WHY do you show this picture, with the caption ‘ out of touch with voters’? Are you a closet demonCRAP? Trump is the ONLY ONE who is in touch with voters!

  40. Let us all get together to support Republican Trump because he is doing America good and will continue. This is why that Christians around the world are supporting Trump well. Trump is the BEST of the BEST in terms of being President!

  41. 7/19
    Since that Trump is a Good President, I want him to stay in office. Don’t you agree?
    I want to thank you for your service!

  42. absolutely accurate. Bill Sturdivant

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