Stuff Republicans believe

People over here in the UK often ask me how Americans could possibly oppose universal healthcare. It seems to me one of the key answers is that those who are opposing it believe lots of false things about. But not just about healthcare. Check out this poll on things Republicans believe.

67 percent of Republicans (and 40 percent of Americans overall) believe that Obama is a socialist.
57 percent of Republicans (32 percent overall) believe that Obama is a Muslim
45 percent of Republicans (25 percent overall) agree with the Birthers in their belief that Obama was “not born in the United States and so is not eligible to be president”
38 percent of Republicans (20 percent overall) say that Obama is “doing many of the things that Hitler did”*
Scariest of all, 24 percent of Republicans (14 percent overall) say that Obama “may be the Antichrist.”

*Actually, this one is clearly true, if one includes breathing, eating, talking to friends, running a country, etc. But that’s also clearly not what they’re thinking of.

10 thoughts on “Stuff Republicans believe

  1. I don’t think the overall numbers are too surprising, given the Republican numbers. The Tea Party movement is a combination of Republicans, but also independent Libertarians and conservatives (people who are too conservative for the GOP, as disturbing a thought as that is). Suppose all right-Libertarians and conservatives think Obama is a socialist, and that there are enough of them (when combined with Republicans), for 80% of people to the right of the median person on the political spectrum to believe Obama is a socialist. Both of those assumptions seem plausible to me, and then you have your 40% of Americans who believe Obama is a socialist.

  2. Discount this one; it’s a junk poll. Harris polled people who clicked on online banner advertisements.

    “This Harris Poll was conducted online within the United States March 1 and 8, 2010 among 2,320 adults (aged 18 and over)…Respondents for this survey were selected from among those who have agreed to participate in Harris Interactive surveys. The data have been weighted to reflect the composition of the adult population. Because the sample is based on those who agreed to participate in the Harris Interactive panel, no estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.”

    You can find it all here: http://tinyurl.com/yzoacqx.

  3. I guess I’m not clear on why this is any more unreliable than polls conducted via phone? Because either way you have a self-selecting group: people who choose to participate and those who don’t.

  4. Ok, so I just googled it. :) I found this:

    “The risk, simply, is that online polling might result in a lot of data that ultimately does not yield accurate or useful results. On the other hand, even telephone surveys have their share of difficulties, especially the murky problem of non-responses that disrupts whatever sampling method you use. Also, no matter how big your sample size, you still do not guarantee that your results are more valid

    Harris Interactive, however, has stated that out of some 200 parallel surveys involving polling on the same issues using both the Internet and traditional phone interviews, there was almost no noticeable difference. ”

    http://www.npaction.org/article/articleview/152/1/240

  5. I’m not so much disturbed that a significant number (whatever it is) of Americans believe Obama is a socialist as by the assumption that there’s something wrong with being a socialist. Obama isn’t a socialist–dammit!

  6. The numbers look right to me based on what we have seen over here in the states. We are unsure if it’s some virus or perhaps tainted water than makes so many people crazy here. We advise visitors to bring their own water, food, and preferrably air. We surely don’t want this epidemic of insanity to spread across the globe. Pray for us. We surely are in need of them. Just remember one thing. WE may be a sucky world power at this point, but do you really want China?

  7. Been to China twice for conferences and it’s perfectly bloody awful–endless drudgery, legions of people working all their waking hours and the state generating more busywork to keep them occupied. With religion, in the case of China state neo-Confusionism, promoted to push “harmony”–everyone playing his assigned role–and endless, endless drudgery.

    That of course is the American ideal–endless soul-sucking, mind-killing shit work. The Chinese are just more efficient at squeezing it out of people than we are.

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