Reuters Poll Reveals Americans Can No Longer Think For Themselves

By Alex Pietrowski

Watching the nation go crazy over the election, jumping on one side of the coin or the other and mindlessly defending their team with total disregard for other perspectives, genuine facts or valid ideas, one has to wonder if the typical American is even capable of thinking for themselves. A recent national poll sheds insight into this question.

A new Reuters’ poll looking at what they call the ‘Trump Effect’ finds that the American people tend to base their opinions about important issues on previously held partisan affiliations and opinions, showing that many do not engage in critical or logical thought when considering such issues.

A Reuters/Ipsos poll asked people to consider a series of statements President Donald Trump made on taxes, crime, the news media and a host of other issues. In many instances, the data suggests that people will orient their opinions according to what they think of him. [Source]

As explained further by Annie Holmquist of Intellectual Takeout:

… a recent survey by Reuters casts a bit of doubt on how well people really know their own minds and understand the political principles they say they adhere to. It appears that many Americans base their views on whether a particular authority figure holds them.

As Reuters explains, surveyors read a variety of political statements which Donald Trump made on the campaign trail to mixed groups of Republicans and Democrats. One group was told that each statement was made by Trump; the other omitted that important detail. In almost every case, Democrat support for the statement decreased when Trump’s name was attached, while Republican support increased. [Source]

The survey is well-illustrated in the following diagrams regarding a question about whether or not the respondent cares if a government official, or Donald Trump, financially benefits from their position in government. The results of the first question reveal one side of the picture, perhaps closest to their true feelings.

When Donald Trump’s name was inserted into the question, the results were drastically different, showing how much of an influence party affiliations can have on someone’s beliefs.

For more examples of how politics affects the American mind, visit the study outline, here.

Final Thoughts

The deliberate dumbing down of America’s children in public schools, decades of television programming, 24-hour corporate news, biased news agencies and corporate/consumer culture have all certainly contributed to the collapse of the American mind. Americans simply can no longer distinguish fact from opinion, truth from propaganda, and have no understanding of logic.

Read more articles by Alex Pietrowski

Alex Pietrowski is an artist and writer concerned with preserving good health and the basic freedom to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. He is a staff writer for and Offgrid Outpost, a provider of storable food and emergency kits. Alex is an avid student of Yoga and life.

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11 Comments on "Reuters Poll Reveals Americans Can No Longer Think For Themselves"

  1. If you think Americans’ opinions matter to anyone in the US government, you are brain dead already. Regarding the topic of politicians using their office to get ahead financially, exactly when in history has this not occurred?

  2. Garry Compton | April 26, 2017 at 11:23 am | Reply

    Reuters should talk – their articles have to be approved by the USG, CIA or Mossad before being posted.

  3. Don’t forget 75 years of fluoridation lowering IQs & destroying thyroids [making you sterile] across the board.

  4. People wake up. Change your reality.

  5. Here are some weapons of mass destruction.
    Vaccines, destroy the auto immune system and cause havoc from neurological (autism) to the dreaded C.
    Synthetic drugs, destroy organs while masking symptoms.
    Gmo, destroys organs.
    Fluoride, destroys the will.
    Kommon Kore, destroys reason and individualism.
    Chemtrails, destroys the planet.
    Perpetual wars, destroys people.
    U.S. CONgress, destroys freedom.
    Hollywood, destroys morality.

  6. Unfortunately I’ve come to the conclusion that a very large number of Americans are ideologically constipated and need an information enema! Every time I advise them to investigate their lack of information for themselves using the alternate media, because the MSM is hopelessly compromised, they call me a troll. They truly do not want to see and hear facts, that is not what they desire at all.

  7. There’s some of us left. But we’re in for a hell of a fight.

  8. “We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.”

    William Casey, Director CIA 1981-1987

    What do you think he meant?

  9. Grace by Faith on yt | April 28, 2017 at 7:56 am | Reply

    Polls are BS and they’re never published unless the result fits the narrative of the pollsters. Most of the people who vote have no idea they’re only being polled (at the polls), or asked for their opinion, so votes are entirely redundant and even impotent. But they use them, tweaking the numbers of course, to manufacture the consent they require by law to claim authority over us. It’s all a racket, and the whole house of cards needs to fall. That said, that in itself is the narrative of the globalists, to destroy our nations so they can rise from the ashes and save the world, which tells me the entire claim of authority over us for the last thousand years is nothing but one big, fat Hegelian nightmare of thesis, antithesis, synthesis, or problem, reaction, solution, and we’re only beginning as a people to realize we’re way to close to their Final Solution.

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