There are numerous web sites and survey businesses that attempt to get their finger on the pulse of our population. Sadly, it seems that there’s no shortage of completely ignorant people in the United States. Topics such as approval of Bush’s disasters in Iraq (over 25% of people still approve of his approach) to religion and politics are all covered. PollingReport.com claims to be An independent, nonpartisan resource on trends in American public opinion.
The site collects information from dozens of polls and studies compiled by organizations such as the Gallup Poll, NBC, CNN, and other researchers. Personally, I think it’s really important to keep an eye on this information. It’s easy for people to believe that everyone thinks like them. That’s a common mistake and seemingly more frequent with educated people. I’m a lot more pessimistic now than I have been in the past, but I’m still surprised at how ignorant and misinformed people seem to be. Still, if we’re ever going to address these issues (a longshot in itself), it’s good to keep an eye on misinformation.