Those high in factual political knowledge were more likely to vote for the candidate that matched their issue positions (e.g., 78% of low-information voters who opposed Obamacare voted for Trump, compared to 89% of high-information voters who opposed Obamacare). Smallest
What people know about politics matters… more politically-informed people were more likely to vote, to be “very” interested in the campaign, and to “always” pay attention to politics than less politically-informed people.
Not a huge surprise, but still: the more news media sources a respondent said they consumed, the more likely they were to know which party held the majority in both the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate.
Guesses about the amount of money spent on defense in 1989 (correct answer=26%) were all over the place. Don’t know of any more recent survey questions like this but I’d love to see it replicated.
Confirmation of a long-term finding here: many Americans’ perceptions of where their tax money goes don’t match reality. 70% of respondents chose a category other than foreign aid as being the least costly. In reality, foreign aid makes up a tiny