Why Do People Vote Against Their Own Interests?

BBC News reports:

Last year, in a series of “town-hall meetings” across the country, Americans got the chance to debate President Obama’s proposed healthcare reforms.

What happened was an explosion of rage and barely suppressed violence.

Polling evidence suggests that the numbers who think the reforms go too far are nearly matched by those who think they do not go far enough.

But it is striking that the people who most dislike the whole idea of healthcare reform — the ones who think it is socialist, godless, a step on the road to a police state — are often the ones it seems designed to help.

In Texas, where barely two-thirds of the population have full health insurance and over a fifth of all children have no cover at all, opposition to the legislation is currently running at 87%.

Read More: BBC News

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  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PDDVWRQVUPMKRGHURIEQVNYWHQ Sean

    because the parties have invested into a few hotbutton issues like gun control and the abortion/religion topic that most people are soo brainwashed they dont even understand what is really going on, all they see is evil godless liberal or stupid redneck nazi…..and both sides get away with murder

  • Word Eater

    As an auditor would put it, it's called “willful ignorance” or staring truth in the face and calling it a lie.

    Why? Because to admit other wise would require far too much self-reflection. It is easier to echo your party line than to use your head. Also, less painful to join the crowd than to purposely exclude yourself from your peers.

  • rageplug

    Why didn't they just call this article “Why don't more people vote democrat?” It would have been more honest.

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PDDVWRQVUPMKRGHURIEQVNYWHQ Sean

      mostly because it's BBC and that term wouldn't really mean anything to their readers
      though no matter how you vote you are voting against your interests

  • neurolux

    Funny how the wealthy and powerful have no problem voting for THEIR self-interest.

  • rfw888

    It's funny how the bias of the reporter shines through from the very first sentence. 1) Who says this “reform” is in the tea party's best interests? what gives anyone the right to make that determination for someone else? That '” I know what is best for you” attitude is what has sparked the rage and “barely suppressed violence”. I believe these people deserve Kudos for suppressing the urge towards violence, in the face of ample provocation. The blatant arrogance of the “reformers” and their poorly concealed feelings of superiority to the rest of us are the reason this effort towards health-care reform has hit such a brick wall in the Congress. Allowing the Big Pharma lobby to write the bill behind closed doors didn't help matters any. Yes, some reforms would be nice, but not these reforms.

  • emperorreagan

    People like anecdotal evidence more than they like rational arguments or serious research. It's why people are easily led to vote against their own interests and why people believe bullshit out of Jenny McCarthy's mouth over proper science. It's why some people will engage you in a serious conversation about how it's cold outside, so obviously there is no such thing as climate change.

    • 5by5

      Bingo.

  • 5by5

    People vote against their best interests in this country because they’ve been subjected to utter horseshit from the rightwing spin machine for the past 40 years (and especially the last 20, thanks to Republican-lite President Bill Clinton’s deregulation of media).

    The powerful 1% elitists have paid gobs of money to make it seem like the very things that protect average people — collective bargaining that yields higher wages, national healthcare for all that is ultimately more cost-effective and efficient, environmental protections that make life safer and better, rational regulation of financial markets, and corporate taxes that help maintain national infrastructure — are somehow bad.

    And frankly, there’s a sucker born every minute who buys into that idiocy, and usually, they’re the ones screaming like banshees at town meetings, because they think volume is equivalent to a cogent argument based in reason.

  • 5by5

    People vote against their best interests in this country because they've been subjected to utter horseshit from the rightwing spin machine for the past 40 years (and especially the last 20, thanks to Republican-lite President Bill Clinton's deregulation of media).

    The powerful 1% elitists have paid gobs of money to make it seem like the very things that protect average people — collective bargaining that yields higher wages, national healthcare for all that is ultimately more cost-effective and efficient, environmental protections that make life safer and better, rational regulation of financial markets, and corporate taxes that help maintain national infrastructure — are somehow bad.

    And frankly, there's a sucker born every minute who buys into that idiocy, and usually, they're the ones screaming like banshees at town meetings, because they think volume is equivalent to a cogent argument based in reason.

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