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Judging Policies by Their Supporters

The world is complicated. It’s hard to know what the federal government should do about a whole range of problems. That’s why most people take a shortcut, and judge policies based on their opinion of the people who support or oppose those policies. If you like someone, and he supports a policy, then you are more likely to think the policy is a good idea.

Take this clever, if not totally surprising, poll reported on in the Huffington Post – which showed dramatic changes in support for universal healthcare depending on whether people thought Barack Obama or Donald Trump supported the idea:

As with much of partisan politics, there’s no political party immune to these strange patterns of belief. God bless America!

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