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39% of Americans are too stupid to be allowed to vote

New poll finds that 39 percent of Americans want government to ‘stay out of Medicare.’

As ThinkProgress has noted before, conservatives have frequently obscured the fact that Medicare is a government-run single-payer program. Constituents appearing at health care town halls have even demanded that their members of Congress keep their “government hands off of Medicare.” Now, a new Public Policy Polling poll finds that millions of Americans do not realize that the federal government runs Medicare:

One poll question indicative of how difficult it is to gain public understanding on a complicated issue asked if respondents thought the government should ‘stay out of Medicare,’ something inherently impossible. 39% said yes.

The poll also shows that an additional 15% of respondents were “not sure” if the government should be involved in Medicare. Only 46% of respondents disagreed with the proposition that the government should stay out of the government-run program.</em>

Ah, the power of Faux News and the rest of the infoentertainment business. A nation of stupid sheep, flinching from death panels and fears of government intervention into one of our largest (and hence, “socialist”) public programs.

Seriously, these people are too stupid to vote:


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