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Professor Ilya Somin Discusses Voter Ignorance and Related Study Receives National Attention

Assistant Professor of Law Ilya Somin recently published a study on political ignorance which looks at some critical statistics on voter knowledge of politics and participation in elections. The study is: When Ignorance Isn't Bliss: How Political Ignorance Threatens Democracy, Policy Analysis No. 525 (Cato Institute, Sept. 22, 2004). In addition, on October 26, 2004, Professor Somin discussed aspects of his research in an event sponsored by the Cato Institute. Video and audio versions of the discussion entitled "What's Wrong With the Voters?" are available online. With the current elections and the focus on the undecided voter, Professor Somin's study has received national news coverage.