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Because they are constantly fed large doses of disinformation, which keeps them ignorant of facts.

The republican machine continually produces disinformation which to some sounds logical, (example; in recession the government should stop spending and balance the budget just as the average family must do), on the surface it sounds logical that when you have hard times you should cut spending. Although every economist worth his salt understands the governments roll in recession is to support demand by increasing spending and that the reduction of spending in recession is what causes a downward spiral into depression. That is far too complicated for the average person to understand without doing research and taking the initiative to learn, many people are too busy trying to make ends meet and just don't have the time or mental capacity to understand. The republican party understands the dynamics of "dumbing down society" and they work very hard at feeding disinformation through vehicles such as Fox News. We have a very difficult road ahead in fighting back against the lies and distortions constantly put out to the public which after time people come to believe as the truth.
I fight back against disinformation on my Facebook page, whenever one of my friends makes a political statement which is not truthful, I correct them with an accurate description of the truths surrounding that subject, complete with supporting data, quotes, videos of interviews, graphs, or other legitimate data streams. Recently a Libertarian friend of mine stated on Facebook that, "Obamacare is a joke" yet when pressed for the reasons he thought it was a joke he had nothing substantial or logical. I posted data showing him actual facts about what the Affordable Care Act contained. He may or may not read that data, but he won't post unsubstantiated claims anymore because he knows they will be rebutted with logic from me.
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