I'm not known for my high opinion of the average american electorate. I believe most eligible voters fall into one of three categories: 1) ignorant, 2) lazy or 3) both -ignorant and lazy. This perception is only one of many reasons I shall not be running for elective office. My experience while handing out campaign literature upon my return to civilization(?) Monday evening has not caused me to reassess my position.
"...you say he's running as a Democrat?"
Yes, that's correct he's a Democratic candidate for President.
"Well then I don't need to know anything about him, I'm a Republican."
"It doesn't matter to us, I just got orders and we're going to Italy for 3 years".
(Yes, so why should we care who's President in our absence - those absentee ballots are such a pain)
Substitute politics for science ...
"For any man to abdicate an interest in science, is to walk with open eyes toward slavery."
Jacob Bronowski, Historian