TwitterFacebook

Poll: Bad Craziness in the GOP Base, Part 2

Politics • Views: 2,031

Imagine my surprise that linking to a piece about a disturbing Daily Kos/Research 2000 poll of Republicans prompted several hyper-emotional meltdowns in our comments, and three hate mails so far today.

Apart from the insult-spewers, though, many readers wanted to know exactly which questions were asked, and where the samples came from. Today the full results from the poll are posted at Daily Kos, and the questions seem very straightforward.

Here’s the methodology used by Research 2000:

Methodology

DKOS REPUBLICAN POLL 2010

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 by telephone.

The margin for error, according to standards customarily used by statisticians, is no more than plus or minus 2% percentage points. This means that there is a 95 percent probability that the “true” figure would fall within that range if the entire self identified Republican population were sampled. The margin for error is higher for any demographic subgroup, such as for gender or region.

GEOGRAPHIC BREAKDOWN:

Northeast:
DC, ME, VT, NY, MD, PA, CT, DE, MA, NH, RI, WV, NJ

South:
FL, NC, SC, AL, MS, GA, VA, TN, KY, LA, AR, TX

Midwest:
IL, MN, MI, OH, WI, IA, MO, KS, IN, ND, SD, OK, NE

West:
NM, CA, OR, WA, AK, HI, MT, ID, UT, NV, AZ, WY, CO

And the results are disturbing indeed. If this poll is accurate (and Research 2000 has a good reputation for accuracy) the Republican base has an absurdly high percentage of wackos of all stripes, from religious fanatics to creationists to secessionists to conspiracy theorists. This is more evidence that the perception of a Republican base dominated by religious right extremists is grounded in solid reality.

Some results:

QUESTION: Should Barack Obama be impeached, or not?

YES: 39%
NO: 32%
NOT SURE: 29%

QUESTION: Do you believe Barack Obama was born in the United States, or not?

NO: 36%
YES: 42%
NOT SURE: 22%

QUESTION: Do you think Barack Obama is a socialist?

YES: 63%
NO: 21%
NOT SURE: 16%

QUESTION: Do you believe Barack Obama wants the terrorists to win?

YES: 24%
NO: 43%
NOT SURE: 33%

QUESTION: Do you believe Sarah Palin is more qualified to be President than Barack Obama?

YES: 53%
NO: 14%
NOT SURE: 33%

QUESTION: Do you believe Barack Obama is a racist who hates White people?

YES: 31%
NO: 36%
NOT SURE: 33%

QUESTION: Do you believe your state should secede from the United States?

YES: 23%
NO: 58%
NOT SURE: 19%

QUESTION: Would you favor or oppose giving illegal immigrants now living in the United States the right to live here legally if they pay a fine and learn English?

FAVOR: 26%
OPPOSE: 59%
NOT SURE: 15%

QUESTION: Should openly gay men and women be allowed to serve in the military?

YES: 26%
NO: 55%
NOT SURE: 19%

QUESTION: Should same sex couples be allowed to marry?

YES: 7%
NO: 77%
NOT SURE: 16%

QUESTION: Should gay couples receive any state or federal benefits?

YES: 11%
NO: 68%
NOT SURE: 21%

QUESTION: Should openly gay men and women be allowed to teach in public schools?

YES: 8%
NO: 73%
NOT SURE: 19%

QUESTION: Should sex education be taught in the public schools?

YES: 42%
NO: 51%
NOT SURE: 7%

QUESTION: Should public school students be taught that the book of Genesis in the Bible explains how God created the world?

YES: 77%
NO: 15%
NOT SURE: 8%

QUESTION: Should contraceptive use be outlawed?

YES: 31%
NO: 56%
NOT SURE: 13%

QUESTION: Do you believe the birth control pill is abortion?

YES: 34%
NO: 48%
NOT SURE: 18%

QUESTION: Do you consider abortion to be murder?

YES: 76%
NO: 8%
NOT SURE: 16%

QUESTION: Do you support the death penalty?

YES: 91%
NO: 4%
NOT SURE: 5%

QUESTION: Do you believe that the only way for an individual to go to heaven is though Jesus Christ, or can one make it to heaven through another faith?

CHRIST: 67%
OTHER: 15%
NOT SURE: 18%

These numbers are astounding. Social conservatism has a death grip on the GOP.

I mean — 77% of the Republican base wants creationism taught in public schools? And not the “intelligent design” type of creationism, but Biblical literalist the-earth-is-6000-years-old creationism?

77%?

Bad, bad craziness. This is why I had to draw the line and say, “No, I do NOT subscribe to this dysfunctional world view.”

^ back to top ^

TwitterFacebook

Turn off all ads for a full year by subscribing!
For about 33 cents a day (per month) or 22 cents a day (per year), our subscription option turns off all advertisements at LGF!
Read more...

► LGF Headlines

  • Loading...

► Tweeted Articles

  • Loading...

► Tweeted Pages

  • Loading...

► Top 10 Comments

  • Loading...

► Bottom Comments

  • Loading...

► Recent Comments

  • Loading...

► Tools/Info

► Tag Cloud

► Contact

You must have Javascript enabled to use the contact form.
Your email:

Subject:

Message:


Messages may be published unless you request otherwise.
Tech Note:
Using the Contact Form
LGF Pages

This button leads to the main index of LGF Pages, our user-submitted articles. You can post your own LGF Pages simply by registering a free account with us.

Create a Page

This is the LGF Pages posting bookmarklet. To use it, drag this button to your browser's bookmark bar, and title it 'LGF Pages' (or whatever you like). Then browse to a site you want to post, select some text on the page to use for a quote, click the bookmarklet, and the Pages posting window will appear with the title, text, and any embedded video or audio files already filled in, ready to go.

Or... you can just click this button to open the Pages posting window right away.

Last updated: 2014-03-07 2:19 pm PST

LGF User's Guide
Recent Pages
Randall Gross
Religion Clause: Summary Contempt Finding for Wearing Religious Head Covering Reversed
Without reaching the free exercise issue, in State of New Jersey v, Graham, (NJ App., Aug. 12, 2014), the New Jersey Superior Court Appellate Division held that a municipal court judge acted improperly in summarily holding a defendant facing ...

1 minute ago
Views: 22 • Comments: 0
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 0
EiMitch
Escapist: Maniac Cop
escapistmagazine.com Link broken? The gist is that this is an impressively sarcastic review of an old slasher flick based on the "unrealistic" premise of a cop abusing his power to murder people.

13 hours, 56 minutes ago
Views: 89 • Comments: 0
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 0
Hyped Up On Ganja
Hunt for German neo-Nazis was ‘complete disaster’
BERLIN (AP) -- Police and security services in Germany's eastern state of Thuringia bungled the hunt for three neo-Nazis, who years later turned out to be the main suspects in a far-right murder spree. Story

1 day, 8 hours ago
Views: 235 • Comments: 1
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 2
Rightwingconspirator
A Lizard’s Regenerating Tail
Don't ya hate it when that happens? You feel so short for a month. Anoles are curious little lizards capable of ditching their tails when they feel threatened. This self-amputation, called autotomy, takes about 25 days for the tail to ...

1 day, 16 hours ago
Views: 174 • Comments: 1
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 2
CriticalDragon1177
Io9 - Everything You Need To Know About Lemuria, The Lost Continent Of Lemurs
Esther Inglis-Arkell talks about the weirdest lost continent myth, I've ever heard. Its the only one I know of that ever included giant telepathic lemurs. No seriously! In 1858 a young zoologist, playing around with an idea, came up with ...

1 day, 17 hours ago
Views: 236 • Comments: 0
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 4
FemNaziBitch
Face It: The Abortion Battle Is Just About Sex- US News
The phony battle over certain kinds of birth control that are (often wrongly) called abortifacients is not about abortion. And much of the political fight about abortion isn't really about abortion, either. It's about whether women should be allowed ...

2 days, 1 hour ago
Views: 341 • Comments: 0
Tweets: 1 • Rating: 0
Laughing Gas
Scumbag “HBD believer” claims Michael Brown charged officer
WARNING: LINK TO HATE SITE He links to some ijreview, a right wing site: This guy makes me sick.

4 days, 17 hours ago
Views: 865 • Comments: 6
Tweets: 1 • Rating: 0
BadExampleMan
“Growth” and Some Jellyfish
This piece was basically just to use up some scraps I had sitting around. I liked the way the frit lace turned out but I didn't really have a use for it. I've been on a jellyfish kick lately. This ...

1 week, 1 day ago
Views: 366 • Comments: 0
Tweets: 1 • Rating: 2
Pie-onist Overlord
Police Investigating Whether Rabbi’s Miami Killing a Hate Crime
More: Police Investigating Whether Rabbi's Miami Killing a Hate Crime (Reuters) - Police in Miami investigating the killing of a 60-year-old Orthodox rabbi over the weekend said on Monday they haven't yet decided whether the shooting was a hate crime. ...

1 week, 4 days ago
Views: 622 • Comments: 0
Tweets: 1 • Rating: 1
Romantic Heretic
The War Photo No One Would Publish
An interesting story on a photograph taken during Desert Storm that no news outlet in the US would publish. It is one of those photos that stares straight at the horror of war. It's hideous, stomach turning...and something that should ...

1 week, 6 days ago
Views: 1,475 • Comments: 8
Tweets: 4 • Rating: 7
 Frank says:

For my taste, these solos (of some 50s blues guitarists) are exemplary because what is being played seems honest and, in a musical way, a direct extension of the personality of the men who played them. -- January 1977.