Nearly 70% of Americans believe the United States government purposefully withholds information from the public. In other words, almost 70% of Americans do not trust the government. Two-thirds of Americans do not know whether they believe what elected officials are saying or not, and the other third are either lying or missing something. Yet, well over a third of eligible voters still go out and cast their ballots every November. The results of this poll demonstrate a sort of voting paradox where people recognize the failures of voting in elected officials but continue to indulge in this extravagance.
If we could solve our problems with the click of a button, our internet-crazed world would have done so years ago. Clearly, it’s a lot more complicated than that, but it hasn’t stopped everyone from trying. From sending thoughts to shooting victims to sharing a picture in order to plant a tree, the world has consistently tried to improve itself via social media campaigns. The problem is, a retweet or like requires no work. Unfortunately, global change does.
Americans generally like to think that they select their leaders with fairly clear minds. Yet, convincing evidence suggests that the opposite is true. In fact, a recent study suggests that voters punish and reward politicians for things as trivial as sports games.