Why Do Voters Oppose Their Own Interests?

30 01 2010

“It’s like a French Revolution in reverse in which the workers come
pouring down the street screaming more power to the aristocracy.”


Why do people often vote against their own interests?

. . .Political scientist Dr David Runciman looks at why is there often such deep opposition to reforms that appear to be of obvious benefit to voters.

. . . 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

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%.

. . .In his book The Political Brain, psychologist Drew Westen, an
exasperated Democrat, tried to show why the Right often wins the
even when the Left is confident that it has the facts on its side.

It’s not facts. Here’s a hint: POWER OF STORY!!!