Dumb People Not Clever Enough To Choose Smart Candidates

  new study proves it

Why do dumb people always vote for terrible candidates? It’s because they’re dumb! This is according to new scientific studies, according to some website:

The research, led by David Dunning, a psychologist at Cornell University, shows that incompetent people are inherently unable to judge the competence of other people, or the quality of those people’s ideas. For example, if people lack expertise on tax reform, it is very difficult for them to identify the candidates who are actual experts. They simply lack the mental tools needed to make meaningful judgments.

As a result, no amount of information or facts about political candidates can override the inherent inability of many voters to accurately evaluate them. On top of that, “very smart ideas are going to be hard for people to adopt, because most people don’t have the sophistication to recognize how good an idea is,” Dunning told Life’s Little Mysteries.

Well, this explains why Republicans won’t vote for the “idea man” in their primary, Professor Smart Fellow Newt Gingrich. Just kidding, Gingrich is an idiot, too. [Life's Little Mysteries]

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106 comments

  1. Barb

    Yes and the GOP wants these people to have as many dumb white babies as we can crank out, watering down the population even more.

  2. FNMA

    Is this guy the Dunning of Dunning-Kruger Effect fame? If so, can we appeal to him to re-name it Sarah Palin Disease? Like Lou Gehrig Disease.

  3. neiltheblaze

    They settle it by deciding which politician they want to have a beer with – or in Romney's case, a fine Merlot.

    1. proudgrampa

      Actually, I heard a Salt Lake City TV reporter say that the Romney campaign broke out the Martinelli's last night.

      Not my kind of people.

    1. occams8ball

      I have a rather compelling argument framing in detail how completely wrong you are, but i doubt you would even try to understand it.

  4. edgydrifter

    Only an idiot can convincingly sound smart to another idiot. Genuinely smart people sound insane to most Americans.

  5. PuckStopsHere

    As George Carlin said: "Think about how dumb the average person is. Now consider the fact that half the people are dumber than that…"

  6. BerkeleyBear

    So one has to ask – do we just file this away under "that's why our so-called leaders suck!" or can we use it some way? By, say, instructing really competent folks on how to better pander to the moronic majority?

  7. memzilla

    "They simply lack the mental tools needed to make meaningful judgments."

    Great! I can now mentally replace every Rethuglican cheering section for every Rethuglican candidate with the aural image of hundreds of white people chanting in unison:

    "WE LACK THE MENTAL TOOLS! WE LACK THE MENTAL TOOLS!"

    It's shamefully satisfying …. and magically delicious!

    1. SorosBot

      But there are a few Darwin Award winners who have escaped that protection – like those dumbass teens who got themselves eaten by a tiger at the zoo, or the man who was killed by a perforated colon after he got a horse to fuck him.

  8. Callyson

    no amount of information or facts about political candidates can override the inherent inability of many voters to accurately evaluate them
    Great, now the news media has an excuse to bombard us with even more sensationalism at the expense of actual news coverage. If it bleeds it leads!

  9. ElPinche

    Republican Utopia consists of the following:
    * No education, just home schooled bible-based mythology. Scaring children in thinking that an almighty space ghost is watching them all the time keeps those shirtless rickety future dairy queen employees in check.

    * The American workforce is entirely blue collar. All "hard , fancy" technical jobs are overseas. Our little overweight bundles of joy will strive to be sales manager at Lowes or fry supervisor at AppleBees.

    * Jesus all day, every day.

    * All movies to look like "Acts of Valor" , no artsy fartsy or urban movies like Tyler Perry.

    * Whites only management. We like black people, but only if they keep their place. These dumb shits pretty much pick their politicians like they pick their Lowes supervisors. I've worked a hardware store where folks quit because the new supervisor was a chimichanga lovin mexican.

    * Make diabetes the new National pastime.

    1. RadioCualquier

      * No taxes
      * Mandatory military service– except the Aristocratic Exception.
      * Liberals will be sent to Re-education "Camps"
      *Wonkette???? — Gone.

  10. Mumbletypeg

    "Life is what happens while people are busy being dumb." — Paul McLennon
    "Life is 10% inspiration, 90% dumb nation." — Yogi Edison
    "The only thing to fear is dumb people itself." — Einstein CHurchill
    "I does not know, I does not know." — Granpa Cain, back-in-the-day

  11. SorosBot

    Hey, the important thing is that most dumb Americans are still able to make fully rational, informed decisions when voting for who should win American Idol and Dancing With the "Stars".

  12. SenileAgitation

    Typical elitist snobbish college liberal bullshit. Vaginal ultrasound abortion requirement is a GREAT idea that many who haven't had their conservative beliefs ruined by too much education can see plain as day! It's a pity the self-satisfied so-called smart set can't put down their fondue forks long enough to realize that wisdom isn't something you earn, but something precious you lose when you turn from righteousness to the study carell.

  13. widestanceromance

    I learn so much here. Just yesterday I learned that the rich are black holes of wealth, now I know about the party of KnowNot.

  14. prommie

    Its not what they don't know that makes them dangerous, its what they think they know, that just ain't so.

    Some dude said that one time.

    1. GOPCrusher

      Doesn't help when you have people like Sarah Palin encouraging others to be proud of the fact that they are dumber than a bag of hammers.

      1. Biff

        But when a hammer is wielded by a man that can spit nails out pointy end first, well, then you really have something.

  15. FlownOver

    Academic plagiarism! Ninety-seven years ago Conan Doyle said "Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius."

    More recently, the other extreme was summarized by no less an academic light than F. Gump (BA, Alabama 1962): "Stupid is as stupid does, sir."

    So why is Cornell paying this Dunning guy? Good indoctrinator, I guess.

  16. WiscDad

    Since I've said that for ohhh…thirty years and some asshole from Cornell finally wrote it down, I want some of the beer money he got to run the study. But I can at least take satisfaction in the fact someone has documented the actual reason for the (relative) success of the Republican Party.

      1. Dashboard Buddha

        It's the voting thing that gets me…do these people even read the fucking constitution? Sorry…I just answered my own question.

  17. Doktor Zoom

    "Do we believe in the smart and elite in this country to manage us?"

    Rick Santorum, Michigan Primary not-quite-concession speech

    Hell no! I hate those guys!

    1. Deportably_Jose

      Not gonna lie, as a person, who knows things about history, that confused the shit out of me, how he jumped between talking about a nation run by the smart and elite, and one of Freedom! As Our Founders Intended.

      Because, yeah, there's no thread of elitism innate in our nation's founding, what with the Electoral Collage, Senate, Representative Democracy rather than Direct Democracy, lifetime Head Judiciary, reasonably strong Executive (at least relative to the Articles of Confederation)… Nothing about that connotes the idea that our elected and appointed representatives are expected to be among our smartest citizens, making laws with judiciousness and wisdom, or anything. Remotely.

      And that's certainly not corroborated in the things the founders wrote about Representative Democracy or the value of education, either.

  18. Biel_ze_Bubba

    Murdoch has known this for decades … it's what makes Fucks Gnus possible.

    It's what makes confederacies of dunces like the Oklahoma legislature possible.
    And now we have Sanctorum telling us we need even more godbothering homeskooled idiots? (Hey Rick — you know what makes me want to throw up? You.)

  19. MinAgain

    Why do dumb people always vote for terrible candidates? It’s because they’re dumb! This is according to new scientific studies.

    I hope they didn't get any tax money for that study.

  20. IceCreamEmpress

    The Republican party has tons of mental tools. Every one of them is mental, or a tool, or both.

  21. ttommyunger

    Wow, dumb people make dumb choices. Who knew? On the other hand, writing about the wetness of water and the warmth of fire is fucking brilliant. I give up.

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