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Liberalism: Why think when you can “feel”?

Study confirms the left is made up of functional economic illiterates

The science is settled:

Who is better informed about the policy choices facing the country—liberals, conservatives or libertarians? According to a Zogby International survey that I write about in the May issue of Econ Journal Watch, the answer is unequivocal: The left flunks Econ 101.

Zogby researcher Zeljka Buturovic and I considered the 4,835 respondents’ (all American adults) answers to eight survey questions about basic economics. We also asked the respondents about their political leanings: progressive/very liberal; liberal; moderate; conservative; very conservative; and libertarian.

Rather than focusing on whether respondents answered a question correctly, we instead looked at whether they answered incorrectly. A response was counted as incorrect only if it was flatly unenlightened.

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.

Americans in the first three categories do reasonably well. But the left has trouble squaring economic thinking with their political psychology, morals and aesthetics. …

In other news, university studies show that water is wet.

Seriously, I’ve maintained for years that the left has no reality-based grasp of economics, and the last year-and-a-half has been a glaring illustration of my contention.  This study only confirms what I, and normal America, already knew.

Read the whole thing for a breakdown of the questions.  It’s not long.

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June 8, 2010 - Posted by | economic ignorance

5 Comments »

  1. the left has no reality-based grasp of economics

    I just had a conversation with a co-worker who is a very liberal college student whose major is economics. We were discussing a book about the history of the FED and he told me it made him so angry, it was wrecking his utopian views of economics. He said he had to stop reading it so he could return to his fantasy world.

    Comment by Kanaka Girl | June 8, 2010

  2. We were discussing a book about the history of the FED and he told me it made him so angry, it was wrecking his utopian views of economics. He said he had to stop reading it so he could return to his fantasy world.

    Yeah, good luck with that.

    Comment by crushliberalism | June 8, 2010

  3. Well, you do have to consider that most liberals and a lot of progressives that came of age in the 90’s didn’t read books like Animal Farm and since most of their Government Indoctrination is based on “Feeling” isn’t it no wonder that these folks “Can’t” think Economically.

    Thomas Sowell wrote about this and he calls it “Stage One Thinking”.

    Comment by James | June 8, 2010

  4. I’m not surprised by these findings. Liberals actually believe money grows on trees. I remember always asking my parents for expensive toys as a kid and my parents would tell me money doesn’t grow on trees.

    Comment by SojournerLove | June 8, 2010

  5. Yeah, good luck with that.

    I make it my goal in life to drag him out of his Socialist utopian fairyland every chance I get. 🙂

    Comment by Kanaka Girl | June 9, 2010


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