If there is a majority consensus on anything, I assure you they are wrong. Their consensus proves it.
The majority of mankind are morons. Anything alleged to be self-evident by any group of morons anywhere is being pushed forward as a proposition because morons have a predilection for whatever promotes their own prejudices. Morons cannot think. Morons cannot reason objectively without ego. Ergo, any conclusion they reach is always going to be wrong because it will only be a rationalization pasted on top of their primitive instincts.
The genius of a Democratic Republic is that it encourages the common man to vote for exceptional men - whereas a democracy encourages men to vote for somebody who is usually inferior to them in character and intelligence. Any form of government where the peasants are compelled to vote for aristocrats in spirit and bearing is going to produce leadership for civilizations. Any society where they are encouraged to vote for demagogues and sociopaths who tell them what they want to hear is like feeding dead cows back to their own kin - it's just a sealed toxic feedback loop that ends in national suicide.
The common man knew perfectly well Thomas Jefferson was a man of great genius. They voted for him for that very reason.
Two hundred years later, the common man knew George Bush Jr. was a moron. They voted for him for that very reason.
Subconsciously, most ordinary people are aware that Gore and his planetary squad of marxist whackos are going to destroy their civilization, wreck their society and deliver their children up to famine and death. At some level, that is why they support him. They know what he is. He is what they want in some secret corner of their innermost biology. Fools and dolts for the end to follow, even the lemmings know it when the time comes.