In what seems to be something out of a Watters’ World segment or a old clip from Jay Leno’s “Jaywalking,” an Oklahoma State University study from January notes that “over 80 percent of Americans support “mandatory labels on foods containing … DNA.”

That’s right — DNA. The basic building block of all life.

The Volokh Conspiracy reports:

If the government does impose mandatory labeling on foods containing DNA, perhaps the label might look something like this:

WARNING: This product contains deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). The Surgeon General has determined that DNA is linked to a variety of diseases in both animals and humans. In some configurations, it is a risk factor for cancer and heart disease. Pregnant women are at very high risk of passing on DNA to their children.

The Oklahoma State survey result is probably an example of the intersection between scientific ignorance and political ignorance, both of which are widespread.The most obvious explanation for the data is that most of these people don’t really understand what DNA is, and don’t realize that it is contained in almost all food. When they read that a strange substance called “DNA” might be included in their food, they might suspect that this is some dangerous chemical inserted by greedy corporations for their own nefarious purposes.

The same number of folks who want “DNA labeling” also favor labeling for genetically modified (GMO) foods — which, unlike the former, actually makes a bit of sense.

As Ilya Somin notes, “Polls repeatedly show that much of the public is often ignorant of both basic scientific facts, and basic facts about government and public policy.”

But, he adds, “It would be a mistake to assume that widespread political and scientific ignorance are the result of ‘the stupidity of the American voter,’ as Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber put it.”

“Political ignorance is not primarily the result of stupidity. For most people, it is a rational reaction to the enormous size and complexity of government and the reality that the chance that their vote will have an impact on electoral outcomes is extremely low. The same is true of much scientific ignorance.”

Read the full article.

h/t to Don Surber.

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Matt Gang, a freshman at The George Washington University, used to like Barack Obama, and at the start of this year the international affairs major was firmly in the president’s corner. But Gang says he has lost hope in what he calls the president’s broken promises.

“I feel like he is a president who is almost completely non-representative of the candidate I supported in 2008, and again in 2012,” Gang, 18, told The College Fix.

Gang is not alone.

Obama continues to lose major ground with young voters, as a new opinion poll shows Millennials have turned on the commander in chief – the second such poll to come out this month that shows his clout with young voters has eroded to an all-time low.

According to the recently published poll from USA TODAY and the Pew Research Center, only 45 percent of Americans age 18 to 29 approve of Obama’s job performance – while 46 percent disapprove.

This is a dramatic reversal from less than a year ago, just before Obama’s second inauguration, when his approval rating among young Americans stood at a healthy 67 percent. What’s more, 60 percent of young voters – classified as age 18-29 – had thrown their support behind Obama in the 2012 ballot box.

But after a rough start to his second term in office, President Obama’s approval rating among these same voters is on life support, as the USA TODAY and Pew Research Center’s findings echo the recent results of other polls conducted by the Wall Street Journal/NBC News, Quinnipiac University, and the Harvard Institute of Politics, which show similar sentiments among young voters.

By many accounts, the revelations about the massive, highly invasive National Security Agency spy tactics as well as the recent disastrous rollout of healthcare.gov have undoubtedly contributed to these low approval ratings.

On the Affordable Care Act, more and more young Americans have voiced skepticism on its technical glitches, costly premiums and privacy concerns. Underscoring these criticisms, the same USA TODAY/Pew Research Center poll showed only 41 percent of young Americans approve of President Obama’s signature legislative achievement, while 54 percent disapprove.

This presents a real problem for the administration and for the success or failure of the Affordable Care Act, because if young, healthy Americans do not enroll in the federal health exchanges, the initiative may fail, some have opined.

Gang, the freshman at The George Washington University, is one of the young people who supported the Affordable Care Act until recently.

“For over three years I restated his ‘If you like your healthcare, you can keep your healthcare’ promise in a countless number of arguments,” Gang said, adding he also trusted that the website would be fully operational.

“The failures and revelations of this law have embarrassed and discouraged not only me, but also liberals and progressives everywhere who still believe that government can do great things when it is run competently and honestly,” he said. “Unfortunately, competence and honesty appear to be values this administration is greatly lacking.”

The administration recently responded to the falling poll numbers by recruiting First Lady Michelle Obama.

In a Dec. 19 discussion in the Oval Office, Michelle Obama reached out to older Americans who can be vital in recruiting Millennials: “If you’ve got grandkids, make it a Christmas treat around the table to talk about a little health care,” she said as jovial laughter ensued. “Ring in the New Year with new coverage.”

Whether the First Lady’s efforts will help remains to be seen.

Fix contributor Andrew Desiderio is a student at The George Washington University.

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A series of miscalculations on voter turnout caused the Romney campaign to misread the polls in the final weeks of the campaign. When election results started coming in on Tuesday night, the numbers came as a shock, CBS News reports:

“There’s nothing worse than when you think you’re going to win, and you don’t,” said another adviser. “It was like a sucker punch.”

…Both wives looked stricken, and Ryan himself seemed grim. They all were thrust on that stage without understanding what had just happened.

“He was shellshocked,” one adviser said of Romney.

Romney and his campaign had gone into the evening confident they had a good path to victory, for emotional and intellectual reasons. The huge and enthusiastic crowds in swing state after swing state in recent weeks – not only for Romney but also for Paul Ryan – bolstered what they believed intellectually: that Obama would not get the kind of turnout he had in 2008.

They thought intensity and enthusiasm were on their side this time – poll after poll showed Republicans were more motivated to vote than Democrats – and that would translate into votes for Romney…

Those assumptions drove their campaign strategy: their internal polling showed them leading in key states, so they decided to make a play for a broad victory: go to places like Pennsylvania while also playing it safe in the last two weeks.

Those assessments were wrong.

What a bitter night for Romney after running for president almost non-stop for six years–and coming so close.

Indeed, what a bitter night for America.

Here at The College Fix, we believe standing for what’s right and true is always worthwhile, no matter the outcome. Liberty, freedom and opportunity, the right to life–these causes are the noble and just and worthy. In that sense, Romney, who may have worked harder than any man in history to become president, did not labor in vain.

And we who are of like mind must continue to work, and likewise do our utmost to defend those who cannot defend themselves, and to resist the attacks that, history shows, are ever being directed at human liberty.

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