Political scientist reminds journalists: ‘Most people don’t care about politics’
UCLA political scientist Lynn Vavreck tells the Post's Ezra Klein
“Most people don’t care about politics ... They’re not running around with these preformed opinions in their head. They worry about what they’ll make for dinner and how to get their kids to bed. And that hasn’t changed. For us, that’s an alien world. We think about politics all the time. But we’re not normal. The 24-hour news cycle has not really affected the average American who isn’t into politics. And that’s really important to remember.”
"I think most people in Washington believe voters would make better decisions if they spent more time following politics. But I spend a lot of time following politics, and quite often, I couldn’t be happier that voters are tuning out the inanities that obsess the political media. Better that they worry about real mountains rather than hyped-up molehills."