Susan Stamper Brown

Have you ever wondered why you vote the way you vote? It seems it is a little more complex and a little less comical than some would like to make it.

Take the recent study by National Media Research Planning and Placement suggesting there might be a link between Republicans, Democrats and the type of alcohol they prefer. The study seems to be nothing more than an amusing diversion at best. Seems a better analysis would include having bartenders use the information to do some predictive analysis about which patrons are more likely to pay for their own drinks as opposed to those who might try to get their drinks for free.

Or how about the new study which will probably make the rounds on late night comedy shows from The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science which found that felons favored Democrats six-to-one in three states which allow felons to vote, post incarceration, according to the Washington Examiner.

All kidding aside, since 1948, researchers from the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research have worked to understand why people vote the way they do and have found voting habits have changed very little over the years, despite significant advances in technology and now with social media. The data results are a bit surprising, finding that independent voters are less engaged politically than they are regularly given credit. Research also found the average voter to be “surprisingly unsophisticated,” not always voting based on policy.

So why do we vote the way we do? I regularly hear from disenfranchised Democrat readers who tell me they continue to vote their party’s ticket, despite the fact it has been hijacked by political arsonists who seem content to watch their party and the country go down in flames. In doing so, and many times at the expense of their own conscience, otherwise sensible people have given unwritten consent, empowering those espousing opposing progressive values, to move forward. In reality, many of these disenfranchised Democrats’ values better align with those on the other side of the aisle.

So here’s a trick question: What group historically despised the free market, embraced policies like government-supplied jobs, guaranteed retirement and free healthcare? They were zealous animal rights advocates, promoted gun control, abortion and euthanasia. They were fanatical environmentalists, endorsed a healthy lifestyle, railed against smoking, promoted organic veganism and sponsored alternative medicine. And in their universities, they promoted racial quotas and held to strict, politically correct, speech codes.

Susan Stamper Brown

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