Politicians have a conservative bias, report claims

03/5/2013 | Atlantic online, The

Politicians routinely overestimate their constituents' conservatism by as much as 20 percentage points, according to a University of Michigan study. That creates "an effective supermajority requirement" for passing liberal legislation, with lawmakers unlikely to support bills unless it has the support of 60% or so of their constituents, writes Garance Franke-Ruta.

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