Politico is a magazine that almost no one has heard of, at least outside of Washington DC. They think that we are stupid.
Editor-in-Chief of Politico, John Harris, ranted on C-SPAN about voters and how they respond to polls. The Washington Examiner noted that he actually assigned a reporter to investigate whether or not voters are stupid based upon poll results and numbers.
Typical liberal or typical Washington. If the polls do not agree with you, they must be stupid. What other explanation is there?
First of all, does Harris know anything about polling? I used to work at a phone polling center. Polls typically last between 10 and 30 minutes. They are draining on the questioner and the person answering. Usually the questions get jumbled up, asking the respondent to answer about peanut butter, then presidential candidates. The questioner must battle to keep the respondent on the line with no promise of reward.
This is how we gauge opinions in the United States.
Also, what intelligent political analysts understand is that people follow their self-interest. Obama voters were not stupid, nor were they all Commies. They had their own complex set of interests. For some, it boiled down to the self-interest of simply voting for the first black president.
Most voters are pretty smart, but have very specialized knowledge and experiences.
Harris is a condescending ass.