Tuesday, February 02, 2010

This explains a lot: Large Portion Of GOP Thinks Obama Is Racist, Socialist, Non-U.S. Citizen

Ah, paranoia is sweet when it lets you really work up a lather.

Large Portion Of GOP Thinks Obama Is Racist, Socialist, Non-U.S. Citizen: Poll

Some examples [ by the way, this does not even include self-identified Tea Partiers, for whom the paranoia is even more dramatic ]:
  • 39 percent of Republicans believe Obama should be impeached, 29 percent are not sure, 32 percent said he should not be voted out of office.
  • 36 percent of Republicans believe Obama was not born in the United States, 22 percent are not sure, 42 percent think he is a natural citizen.
  • 31 percent of Republicans believe Obama is a "Racist who hates White people" -- the description once adopted by Fox News's Glenn Beck. 33 percent were not sure, and 36 percent said he was not a racist.
  • 63 percent of Republicans think Obama is a socialist, 16 percent are not sure, 21 percent say he is not
  • 24 percent of Republicans believe Obama wants "the terrorists to win," 33 percent aren't sure, 43 percent said he did not want the terrorist to win.
  • 21 percent of Republicans believe ACORN stole the 2008 election, 55 percent are not sure, 24 percent said the community organizing group did not steal the election.
  • 23 percent of Republicans believe that their state should secede from the United States, 19 percent aren't sure, 58 percent said no.
  • 53 percent of Republicans said they believe Sarah Palin is more qualified to be president than Obama.

There is a kind of perverse comfort in knowing that one is not as crazy as this... but it's immediately counter-acted by the knowledge that so many Republicans now are. What happened to the Republican Party? When did the wingnuts take the thing over?


Kevin Scheunemann said...

I think it would be even more fascinating if we asked these questions of Democrats!

Anonymous said...

Wow, you really are grasping here.

How about this: (http://pewresearch.org/pubs/1478/)

Sounds like Republicans (and then Independents) ranked higher than Democrats on Public Knowledge issues.

Of course, the poll you cite was conducted for KOS - you know, the types of people that Rahm Emanuel referred to as "F**ing R*t**ds".

Is that what Rahm Emanuel thinks of you? Obviously he has contempt for some Democrats.

Mpeterson said...

Oh, don't get me started on the Democrats... I haven't been a member in years because, in a lot of ways, I agree with Brother Rahm.

I like to think of the Democrats as stupid but not crazy and the current crop of Republicans as crazy but not stupid.

You should also remember, although they don't cover this sort of thing on Fox, that Obama got elected by going around the Democratic Party apparatus.

Kevin Scheunemann said...


If Democrats and Republicans are all stupid and crazy...why on earth would you entrust your health care to these people?

James Dionne said...

I'd like to think he's just like old W after all.