LiveScience.com has the story that reports that 24% of self-identified Republicans believe that President Obama may be the anti-Christ. The results come from an online Harris Poll involving 2,320 adults who were surveyed online between March 1 and March 8 by Harris Interactive. They found that the majority of Republicans believed the president is a Muslim and a socialist, while around 40 percent believe he is a racist, someone who resents American heritage and “wants terrorists to win.”
Channeling Dick Cheney?
When Humphrey Taylor, chairman of the Harris Poll, Harris Interactive, saw the results, he was “flabbergasted. I would’ve guessed the numbers would’ve been a lot smaller than that.”
He added, “It means that very large numbers of people are misninformed not only about President Obama but many things in modern life.”
Misinformed? As in propagandized? Brain-washed? The findings lend support to, and in fact were done to verify, themes in John Avlon’s new book “Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe Is Hijacking America” .
“This poll should be a wake-up call to all Americans about the real costs of using fear and hate to pump up hyper-partisanship,” Avlon said after reviewing the findings. “We are playing with dynamite by demonizing our president and dividing our country in the process. Americans need to remember the perspective that Wingnuts always forget – patriotism is more important than partisanship.”
Those who participate in this blog already know about the mass-ignorance of the American citizen and we also know how easily the average American can be propagandized. Although this poll ought not to shock us here at Mudrake, it actually does shock me. It verifies what I had only suspected might be true!
Very disheartening and equally very scary!