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Informed voters? Hardly

During the 2008 election, a reporter went out and asked people what they thought of Obama’s running mate, Sarah Palin. Responses were, “She’s wonderful,” “I really like her,” “A great choice.” He did the same thing during the 2012 election, asking about Obama’s running mate, Paul Ryan. Again, the responses were similar — “Great choice,” “Good man,” “Brilliant choice” (For those of you who don’t know, Palin was John McCain’s running mate and Paul Ryan was Mitt Romney’s).

Now there is a poll that shows that 42 percent of the population don’t know who the vice president is; 46 percent can’t even name one of the Supreme Court Justices; 48 percent don’t know that Obamacare passed and is law; 47 percent have never heard of Benghazi and 46 percent have no idea what country the United States fought for independence.

Somebody once joked that maybe there should be a test to be able to vote — I think that would be a great idea.



Nancy McDonald

Grass Valley


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