Economists are unable to explain a lot of things (e.g., the Collapse of 2008, whether European governments should spend more or spend less, etc.). One of the persistent mysteries to economists is why Americans vote. There are almost no races that are decided by just one vote. One does not get paid for voting. Here in Massachusetts, the typical citizen is handed a November ballot in which 75 percent of the candidates are running unopposed.
I’m wondering if one reason that people go to the polls is that they feel superior to other Americans after they vote. One often hears people talking about folks who vote for the other party as “stupid”. How could those millions of people, nearly 50 percent of American voters in fact, be taken in by statements that are so obviously false? They must be stupid. If people who vote the opposite of me are stupid… that makes me smart! So after I come back from the polls I can feel smarter than approximately 50 percent of Americans.
Thoughts on this theory?