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Topic - Neil Malhotra
As voters, we like to think of ourselves as, well, thoughtful. Careful. Essentially reasonable. Patriotic citizens making important ballot box decisions based on issues, candidates and political arguments. If a growing body of behavioral research is right, however, we may be flattering ourselves.
Science is confirming something successful politicians seem to know instinctively: Support your local football team.
The rationality of the American public when it comes to voting has generated a lot of discussion, Mr. Malhotra said in a telephone interview, but studies also have indicated that people can be "predictably irrational."
It tends to be a subconscious response, Mr. Malhotra said, with voters' moods affecting their decisions.