Via NRO, I’m torn. I want to mock her, but if there’s one thing I’ve learned from blogging polls over the years, it’s that you should never underestimate the stupidity of the low-information voter. She’s exaggerating the extent of this problem, no doubt, but there are people out there so ignorant of current events that they wouldn’t be able to tell you even now whether O-Care is good law or not.
And by “people,” I don’t mean one or two people. I mean … percentages. Here’s what Kaiser found when they polled this subject back in April:
Twenty-three percent had no idea and 19 percent were aggressively wrong. But surely those numbers changed over the summer, as we got closer to launch on October 1st and media coverage of the law’s rollout ramped up, right?
The good news? The number who were aggressively wrong went down! The bad news? The number who have no idea went up, resulting in a slight increase overall in those who don’t realize that it’s still good law. Let that thought comfort you when you ponder the U.S.’s inevitable transition to a Chinese protectorate circa 2100. When future Americans are ignorant about the law, it won’t be due to their own lazy ignorance, it’ll be because their government’s, er … . actively concealing it from them.
There’s an obvious caveat here, of course. Both of those polls were taken before the exchanges launched and O-Care became a justifiable media obsession. Since October 1st, there’s been no escaping the fact that the law’s in effect simply because there’s also been no escaping the fact that the first two months were a historic clusterfark of implementation, replete with mopey Obama news conferences about how he and his team screwed up. For Holmes Norton’s theory to hold now would require a mind-boggling degree of almost willful idiocy among the population to keep themselves cocooned from what’s been going on in the news in their country every hour for the past three months. Which means at this point the “don’t know” contingent probably can’t reach much beyond — what? 20, 25 percent?
Exit question: Speaking of voter ignorance, how many people wrongly believe that their new insurance under ObamaCare will be totally free? Click the image to watch.