… is this new paper in the American Political Science Review by Gregory A. Huber, Seth J. Hill, and Gabriel S. Lenz . The APSR advertises this paper (in a mass e-mail) with this headline: “Average voter is unable to accurately assess politicians, new research shows.” Yep. (Warning: I’ve yet to read the paper. I’m judging it here by its cover, so to speak.)
Actually, not only is Bryan , I’m sure, utterly unsurprised by these findings, so too would be Jim Buchanan , Anthony Downs , Gordon Tullock  and every other public-choice  scholar worth his or her salt. I quickly emphasize that the ready understanding of this proposition by public-choice scholars in no way diminishes the importance of such research as that of Huber, Hill, and Lenz. A continual checking of the facts – especially the facts that, while perhaps well-known to specialists, are controversial to broader audiences – is imperative.