Evaluating a new idea requires a great deal of research and analysis – something most of us don’t have time to do in our busy lives. It’s easier for most people with a Party affiliation to take the Party’s stance than do any actual research on the topic.
This makes for an interesting possibility. Can you get liberals to support policies espoused by conservative candidates if they merely don’t know the source of the policy?
“A new Fox News poll finds 50 percent of voters favor Trump’s ban, while 46 percent are opposed.
However, when Trump’s name is removed from the question, support for the plan goes up five points and opposition goes down six: 55 percent favor the unnamed proposal, while 40 percent oppose it.
So while voters favor the “Trump” ban by a 4-point margin — that increases to 15 points when the same ban is not associated with Trump.
There are stunning shifts in the responses among Democrats: 45 percent favor banning Muslims if Trump’s name is not mentioned, yet when the plan is identified as Trump’s, support drops to 25 percent.
Among Republicans, views hold steady: 71 percent favor it when attributed to Trump vs. 72 percent for the generic proposal.”
Only Republican voters actually bothered to think independently of Party lines, supporting the plan regardless of if they knew whose idea it was.
Democrats on the other hand were split on the issue. It seems like they don’t actually mind the policy, they just don’t like Trump.
Hey, they’re just like the DC establishment on that one!
[Note: This article was written by The Analytical Economist]