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Connecting Emotions to Voting Patterns

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Several psychological studies have linked various emotional states to patterns in voting. When voters are happy with life, they are more likely to vote for the party in power. When voters are angry, they pay less attention to details about candidates. When voters are fearful, they examine information more carefully. Finally, voters who are more prone to feeling disgust are more likely to vote for right-wing conservative candidates and issues.

Which of the following is a logical conclusion that can be drawn from these studies?

A

Humans are ruled more by emotion than by reason.

B

Conservative voters are influenced by "negative" emotions, while liberal voters are influenced by "positive" emotions.

C

Politicians would be wise to appeal at least as strongly to emotion as they do to logic.

D

Candidates with something to hide should try to stir up anger in voters.

E

The voting system is deeply flawed and needs to be restructured.