Dear Trump Voter,
Public Policy Polling (PPP) recently released poll results showing that you have a basic misunderstanding of facts. Now, some of these poll questions (e.g. “do you have a favorable opinion of Donald Trump?”) are definitely subjective, with no correct answer. But many of them asked the respondents to answer a fact-based question that has a provably-correct answer (e.g. “has the unemployment rate gone up or down in the past 8 years?”)
What’s interesting about their most recent polling is that Trump voters got every fact-based question wrong while all other voters (not just those who voted for Clinton – voters of all other candidates, Johnson, write-in candidates, etc.) answered correctly. You may not like Barack Obama, and you are more than entitled to that opinion but facts don’t care if you believe in them or not. Over the past 8 years, unemployment has gone down, the stock market has doubled, the minimum wage has gone up in several areas – that’s all true whether you choose to believe it or not. But here are the polling results from that question:
I guess my question is: several of my friends have said that Trump voters are “post-facts,” that you don’t care about facts or make fact-based decisions. Is that true? I feel like that can’t be true. If you are driving and come to a “STOP” sign, you stop, right? Because it’s a fact that a “STOP” sign means a driver has to stop before proceeding. If we all made up our own facts, things could get ugly quite quickly. Anyway, is that true? Do you base your decisions on facts? If not facts, what?
Very truly yours,
Confused Coastal Elite