No, people don’t understand the budget. But the polls still matter — a lot.

… The fact is that, if we disqualified any poll in which the American people didn’t have a full (or even passing) understanding of the topic, the vast majority of polls would be rendered moot. Whether it’s the budget, the debt limit, or anything else that Congress is doing (including President Obama’s now-three-year-old health-care law), most Americans don’t know a whole lot about exactly what we’re talking about. …

Americans are low-information poll respondents, but they are also low-information voters. And however ill-informed their opinions are about the current budget debate, those ill-informed opinions will also have a direct impact on who is elected (or reelected) to Congress and the presidency. [cont.]

Aaron Blake, Washington Post