LIFE WITH­OUT POL­I­TICS

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

From the au­gust Pew Re­search Cen­ter comes this head­line: “One-in-10 Amer­i­cans don’t give a hoot about pol­i­tics.” So says an­a­lyst Ge­orge Gaol. He says these folks are sim­ply by­standers, dis­en­gaged from the din of politi­cians, and the po­lit­i­cal mar­ket­place. Judg­ing by cen­sus sta­tis­tics, the pol­i­tic­s­less could num­ber 35 mil­lion people.

“None of this co­hort say they’re reg­is­tered to vote, and none say they fol­low govern­ment and pub­lic af­fairs most of the time. This com­pares with 48 per­cent of Amer­i­cans over­all. Vir­tu­ally all of this group (96 per­cent) say they’ve never con­trib­uted money to a can­di­date run­ning for pub­lic of­fice,” Mr. Gaol says.

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