“But then again, I don’t know a single person who identifies with the tea party,” he continued. “All my impressions come from watching cable tv — & I don’t watch Fox News very often — and reading the ‘paper’ (New York Times daily, plus a variety of politics-focused Internet sites like Huffington Post and POLITICO). I’m a little embarrassed, but mainly, I’m just glad that I no longer hold this particular mistaken view.”
Why? You live in a bubble, a bubble that reinforces your own good feelings about your beliefs.
I’m not even sure why this result unsettles you in the slightest. The rest of your world is equally insulated and provincial, and I fully expect that you intend to keep it that way.