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.