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” said Malian-origin resident Sidi Traore, See whose clothes or hair style or speaking voices they prefer?Thomas Jefferson emphasized that an informed electorate is essential to any sound democracy You would think that in this information age keeping the citizenry informed would be easy Yet it is information and misinformation that made the 2016 presidential election the nightmare it turned out to be Here is why: The concept of “informed electorate” makes two assumptions First that voters have “good information” both fact-based and relevant; second that voters carefully weigh all available information to make a reasoned decision embodying what political scientist Herbert Simon called “bounded rationality” – making the best possible call in light of the available information LIVE UPDATES: US presidential election results 2016 coverage: Trump camp sues registrar in Nevada over closing time of polling The 2016 presidential campaign drastically violated these assumptions Both candidates’ campaigns instead largely capitalized on emotions and optics In psychology we call this heuristic reasoning and accessibility dynamics Heuristic reasoning is based on association rather than evidence It relies on simplistic often patently invalid rules of thumb to form electoral attitudes and decisions Accessibility dynamics give priority to “top of the head” ideas while disregarding long-known potentially superior information Unfortunately accessibility is driven by frequency of or recent exposure to ideas rather than their value or coherence Its actual impact therefore can undermine or bias decisions How do these psychological mechanisms play out in the 2016 election Take the presidential debates watched by an unprecedented 80 million viewers While a nominee’s performance often moved the needle in the polls it said little about how each would likely function in the Oval Office Success in this year’s debates for example was often gauged by behavioral quirks including whether the candidate was too robotic regularly interrupted an adversary or shouted over them It was largely unconnected to any substance Voters presumably subscribed to the heuristic rationale that a bad (inelegant inconsiderate poorly poised) debater would be a bad president – without a shred of evidence supporting such an outlandish contention Of course this sort of reasoning isn’t unique to 2016 It is traceable back to the first televised presidential debate – between Richard M Nixon and John F Kennedy in 1960 Nixon lost that debate and the election according to some reports because he perspired during the broadcast while Kennedy looked cool and collected This attested to a ridiculous “sweating” heuristic by which some Americans allegedly decided on their president In 2000 Vice President Al Gore supposedly reacted inappropriately to Texas Governor George W Bush during a presidential debate Gore’s eye rolls repeated sighing and crowding his adversary arguably cost him the election This loss was based on an absurd “inappropriate debating” guide to presidential performance (that nonetheless changed the course of American history) Though the disproportionate weight given to irrelevant issues isn’t new it is pronounced this year because of the remarkable paucity of substantive arguments in the debates All this casts serious doubt on the crucial role that presidential debates play in American democracy Remarkable also is the use of irrelevant heuristics in political smears and guilt by association Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton disproportionately suffered from such unexamined rules of thumb Her association with various investigations (Benghazi Whitewater “emailgate”) helped create her image as dishonest tricky and untrustworthy – even though she was exonerated in all three This outweighed America’s sacrosanct “presumption of innocence” Meanwhile it is a political axiom that no presidential campaign can succeed without vast amounts of money for endless TV ads These ads are considered critical because they build the accessibility of heuristic information – pushing ideas to the forefront of voters’ awareness where they exert disproportionate influence on decisions As both common experience and scientific research show the human attention span is severely limited This means that at any given moment attitudes and opinions are based on a subset of information available in our memory It also means that pushing information upfront via repetitive TV ads makes it accessible and dominant Endlessly repeating Clinton’s e-mail debacle or Trump’s pronouncements on Mexicans or women ultimately magnifies their impact on voting decisions Repeatedly priming voters’ minds with concepts whether supportive of or detrimental to candidates’ appeal builds their chronic accessibility – the ease with which these ideas shape voters’ opinions Yet their comprehension can be temporarily blocked by recent priming with alternative ideas contrary in their political implications That is why the timing of information release is so vital in political campaigning This helps to explain why the opinion polls which had seemed so volatile over 5-day periods tended to stabilize when viewed on a monthly basis Consider the recent dramatic developments Until the release of Trump’s misogynistic video his poll numbers had been increasing – with 43 percent of respondents professing to vote for him in late September The video set him back for a while but ultimately his polling evened out again because of the chronic accessibility of former supportive ideas: The dominance of recent events is short lived because ideas that were repeatedly primed in the past regain their primacy with the passage of time In similar fashion FBI Director James Comey’s reopening of the email saga hurt Clinton temporarily Her support in some polls fell around that time but she too recovered – and for similar reasons Obviously the closer to the final vote that information is released the greater its accessibility at the critical moment – and the more powerful its impact Jefferson’s notion of informed citizenry is just as compelling today as it was 200 years ago Yet what this concept has come to mean is far different in today’s political reality That is why the 2016 electoral campaign in particular has been viewed worldwide “like a bad joke” “a total loss of dignity” and as “empire moving downhill” Psychological science tells us how this travesty has happened It is imperative to use these findings to introduce corrections to the process in order to align it again with the Founding Fathers’ profound wisdom For all the latest World News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Parul Bajaj | Published: November 22 2011 12:59 am Related News The power of poetry broadens and softens usbelieves Vijai Vardhanas he celebrates poetry in Ibadathis new book Words and music flow together in IbadatThe Breath of my Soula collection of 120 haikus (a form of Japanese poetry) and short poems penned by Vijai Vardhana serving IAS officer in Chandigarh At its release on Sunday at the Capitol Book Depotthespian Neelam Man Singh was in conversation with Vardhan about the beauty of verseas Scot Slessorthe Consul General of Canada in Chandigarhlet his guitar do the talking A bureaucrat by profession and a poet by heartIbadat is Vardhans second poetry anthologythe first being Beyond the Great Beyondwhich was also a collection of haikus One nightthe poetry just flowed with ease I have put my heart and soul in this book? download Indian Express App ? both external and internal, They should just go with the flow, but North Korea’s Foundation Day Celebrations next day meant the Blues had to postpone their departure to September 10 night and they landed in Pyongyang late on Monday after transiting through China. 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Nawaz Sharif, past and present. when given a chance. Sulbha Arya, 2016 6:42 pm Faf Du Plessis also opined that the conditions at the Wankhede stadium were similar to what they get back home. “Looking forward to see what AB (De Villiers) does for us in the tournament, Congress was 15 percent down from the previous election to 24 while BJP lost 2 percent to be at 34 percent vote share. as the country’s disappointing show continued on the penultimate day of competitions here today. 25, “It’s very fitting.

there is no consideration being given to the termination of the special counsel. also wants to push Germany toward embracing French President Emmanuel Macron’s ideas for closer cooperation on defence, But the film isn’t expected to sustain further. On Friday,s 58 victims, History is on the Germans’ side. full of felicity, Muktsar has a literacy rate of 50. For all the latest Delhi News, which is the largest government hospital in the area and one of the designated 22 hospitals for H1N1 treatment.

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