Butler Shaffer notes:
In either the 1952 or 1956 presidential elections – in the days before “debates” and when the candidates gave nationally televised speeches – a news report told of one mental hospital that turned off the television sets when the candidates addressed the nation. Such speeches greatly disturbed the patients, whose minds and behavior it was the hospital’s role to keep sedated. In this same election, opinion polls were conducted showing mental patients expressing the same preferences for president as did the voters generally.
Now it all makes sense.