Why do some people vote against their own best interests?

Or, if you wish, The mystery of the Tea Party

This is a topic I am really interested in. I don’t have time to write a lot about it now, but here is a series of very interesting articles I found on the Internet.

In particular, these articles contain a series of maps which allow us to understand how education gaps shape the political viewpoint of people. They are particularly interesting when taken together and superposed.

There is also an interaction between low education and a tendency to have racist ideas:

A snapshot of the world poor people live in:

Nov. 9, 2012: corrected a few typos.
Nov. 20. 2012: added Daily Mail link.
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