1. Why did Monti come in only fourth in the elections? — His government was actually making progress.
People think short term and prefer the thought of some gains in the short term versus pain in the short term.
Voters make decisions, by answering the wrong questions.
The way I see it, voters read the question “which politician do you believe will get us through the crisis the best“, in the following way: “which politician will promise us the least short term losses“… People’s motivations for answering another question to the one being asked, is that they do not know how to answer the first question intuitively, while they can answer the second question that way — without really analysing the underlying factors that would contribute to answering this question is a well-reasoned manner.
2. But where I get truly lost is how did Berlusconi, currently being prosecuted for a number of things, get soooo many votes? There is no reasonable answer to that.. (If you have it — let me know). Are many Italians rather see an entertainer than somebody absolutely dedicated to make a difference?
Just think about it. When channel surfing, at any point in time in any country, you will find many more channels showing us an endless amounts of soap series versus actual knowledge/information. The television offers us, what ‘we’ — the majority of the people — want to be offered.
Charlie Rose versus Big Brother.