Recently the Daily Kos ran a telephone survey of 2,003 self-identified Republicans and asked them a few pointed and presumably loaded questions about political life and how they view issues and government. Some of the responses seemed to fall into the stereotype of what folks on the left think of 1/3rd of the electorate. It is worth noting that some of the responses come from ignorance and outright lies dumped on them by the pundits on FOX News and rumors that magically turn into facts. I can only surmise that the folks who answered honestly in this poll are very ill informed and downright lazy.
Here is a sampling of the Results.
— 63% of them believe President Obama is a socialist
(That is an incredibly high number. I think a follow-up question ought to have been, “What is a socialist?” and I wonder if they could possibly give an answer.)
— 31% believe the president hates white people
(This response is parroting the comment made by the resident conspiracy theorist at FOX, Glenn Beck on the Fox and Friends morning show)
— 53% believe Sarah Palin is more qualified to be president than Obama is
(If she was elected president this would be the beginning of her second year, after which she would resign in January 2011, for the “good of the nation” write a book, go back on TV, make a movie and rake in the dough. I am not sure where this percentage comes from; sour grapes over the election of 2008? change in how we do business? less saber rattling and more diplomacy? I’m not even sure people who work in the Fox building can actually see America from their offices.)
– 77% believe that same sex couples not be allowed to marry
(This is only understandable when you look at the next response)
-67% believe that the only way to get to heaven is through Jesus Christ, only 15% believe one can make it to heaven through another faith
(Of course this opens up a whole debate on which interpretation of Jesus is the best. If you talk to a Jehovah’s Witness they would say the Catholic Church is certainly NOT a true church, and the Presbyterians I have met in Northern Ireland would call the Church of Rome a “Whore.”…and so on and so on)
-55% believe that openly gay men and women should not be allowed in the military
(This one I can understand. The same response came about when blacks would serve side by side with their white brothers and whether women should be in combat. This can be cleared up by thinking rationally. Quite a few Arabic translators in the ARmy who were gay were let go…I wonder if that helped or hurt our “war on terror.” Although when I heard John McCain go on about how he was “disappointed” that the joint chiefs and the defense secretary didn’t come to congress first before making any positive statement about getting rid of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell calling them “biased” I couldn’t help but remember what McCain said on Hardball’s campus tour in 2006 when he said
“I listen to people like General Colin Powell, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and literally every military leader that I know… The day that the leadership of the military comes to me and says, Senator, we ought to change the policy, then I think we ought to consider seriously changing it because those leaders in the military are the ones we give the responsibility to.”
By the way, Colin Powell made a statement on Wednesday in support of ending DADT.
Well… There’s the chairman of the Joint Chiefs earlier this week saying:
“No matter how I look at the issue…I cannot escape being troubled by the fact that we have in place a policy which forces young men and women to lie about who they are in order to defend their fellow citizens…For me, it comes down to integrity — theirs as individuals and ours as an institution.”
— Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee.
So, which way is the wind blowing? Sounds like someone is being challenged by a extreme right-wing candidate in Arizona.)
So I end with a few head scratchers and maybe you can sort them out.
— 39% believe he should be impeached
(impeached for what?)
— 36% believe he wasn’t born in the United States
(This response shows just how ill-informed and outright dumb some people can be. I feel sorry for these people (mostly white) who think they have something to fear, since that worked so well for 8 years, and cannot look ahead.)
Daily Kos Comments:
The Daily Kos Republican Poll was conducted by Research 2000 from January 20 through January 31, 2010. A total of 2003 self identified Republicans were interviewed nationally by telephone. Those interviewed were selected by the random variation of the last four digits of telephone numbers, nationally.
The margin for error, according to standards customarily used by statisticians, is no more than plus or minus 2% percentage points.
This poll is an indicator, not gospel.