If you have ever wondered why progressives support so many fiscally unsustainable programs (e.g. Obamacare), a new Zogby survey provides the answer—our liberal friends just don’t get the math:

Who is better informed about the policy choices facing the country—liberals, conservatives or libertarians? According to a Zogby International survey … the left flunks Econ 101.

The Zogby researchers ascertained the political leanings of 4,835 American adults, asked them a series of 8 questions about economics and tallied the average number of incorrect responses for each of 6 ideological groups:

How did the six ideological groups do overall? Here they are, best to worst, with an average number of incorrect responses from 0 to 8: Very conservative, 1.30; Libertarian, 1.38; Conservative, 1.67; Moderate, 3.67; Liberal, 4.69; Progressive/very liberal, 5.26.

In other words, their intellectual hubris notwithstanding, our friends on the Left are generally illiterate in the area of economics. Predictably, Democrats are dumber about economics than Republicans or Libertarians:

The survey also asked about party affiliation. Those responding Democratic averaged 4.59 incorrect answers. Republicans averaged 1.61 incorrect, and Libertarians 1.26 incorrect.

This is why progressives believe you can raise taxes without affecting economic growth. It is why they believe the President when he says Obamacare will reduce the federal deficit. It is why they shouldn’t vote.

Comments 3

  1. ECM wrote:

    I can’t say this is, in any way, surprising.

    Posted 08 Jun 2010 at 4:58 pm
  2. shadowfax wrote:

    I know it can be comforting to believe things that support your pre-existing notions, so I don’t blame you for embracing this poll. Really.

    It’s crap, however. If the poll was conducted by Zogby, it’s a pretty good hint that it’s worthless. But don’t take my word for it; Nate Silver already dissected the methodolic flaws in detail.

    So don’t have too much fun patting yourselves on the back over how clever you are.

    Posted 09 Jun 2010 at 4:51 pm
  3. Catron wrote:

    If the poll was conducted by Zogby, it’s a pretty good hint that it’s worthless.

    If your side was better at stats, you wouldn’t need to resort to the ad hominem response (Zogby is a Democrat, BTW).

    And Silver isn’t exactly neutral. I’m betting (though I haven’t researched it) that Zogby has a better track record for accuracy than Silver.

    Posted 09 Jun 2010 at 5:38 pm

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