I recently discovered the graph above. Check out this link for easier reading: https://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.boldprogressives.org/images/Big_Ideas-Polling_PDF-1.pdf
The message I take from it is this: our system of government is badly broken, and the solution is more democracy.
If we just implemented the policies that received greater than 50% support in this poll, the country would be astoundingly better off. Even with all the bullshit and propaganda out there, apparently most people pretty much get it.
So the next time you’re cursing the stupidity of the average voter (and lord knows I’m guilty of this), take a moment and remember that the average voter is basically on top of it. Instead, think about the ways in which a supposedly democratic country enacts policies that negatively impact most people, against the will of most people.