Yet Another Poll Shows the GOP is Lousy with Birthers
This time it’s a CBS News/New York Times poll, confirming again that in 2011, the base of the Republican Party lives in Cloud Cuckoo Land: Poll Finds Few Favorites as G.O.P. Fight for President Gels.
Over all, it showed that Republicans who are considering making presidential bids will have to woo a party that largely identifies with the Tea Party movement — more than half of Republican voters said they considered themselves Tea Party supporters — and has questions about President Obama’s origin of birth.
A plurality of Republican voters, 47 percent, said they believed Mr. Obama, who was born in Hawaii, was born in another country; 22 percent said they did not know where he was born, and 32 percent said they believed he was born in the United States.
And the Republican candidates who are most preferred by the crazy base are the ones who’ve been constantly featured on Fox News, which shouldn’t surprise anyone.
If one Republican stands out in the Times/CBS News poll, it is Mike Huckabee, who has his own show on the Fox News Channel. Roughly a third of all voters view him favorably, as opposed to a quarter who view him unfavorably. And among Republican voters, more than half view him positively as opposed to 11 percent who have negative views.
“Watching Huckabee on TV gives me a good idea of how he views things,” Floyd Petersen, a disabled contractor in Thompson Falls, Mont., said in a follow-up interview. “TV has made me know him better.”