February 4th, 2010 By | News | Posted In: News, Republicans, President Obama

GOP Poll Is Revealing

If its findings are accurate, a poll released this week should embarrass and shame Republican politicians and party leaders. It probably won’t, though, because if we’ve learned anything about the GOP in the past 20 years is that it can be pretty shameless.

The poll of 2,003 self-identified Republicans found that a large portion believe in unfounded conspiracy theories about President Obama, including a majority who think he’s a socialist.

Among the results are:

** 63 percent of Republicans believe Obama is a socialist

** 68 percent believe gay couples shouldn’t receive any state or federal benefits

** 73 percent don’t want to allow openly gay men and women to teach in public schools

** 76 percent believe marriages aren’t equal partnerships and that men are the heads of households

** 53 percent believe former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is more qualified to be president than Obama

** 39 percent believe Obama should be impeached

** 36 percent believe Obama was not born in the United States

** 24 percent believe Obama wants "the terrorists to win”

** 23 percent believe that their state should secede from the United States

Presumably that last figure includes Palin’s husband, Todd, a member of the Alaska Independence Party.

Some Republican officials have questioned the poll’s accuracy because it was done for The Daily Kos, the popular progressive blog run by Markos “Kos” Moulitsas. But Moulitsas hired a firm, Research 2000, which has a good reputation for its work.

In this case, a telephone survey was conducted Jan. 20-31. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percent.

The results are the proud legacy of people like former Nixon aide and current Fox News President Roger Ailes, George W. Bush adviser Karl Rove and the late Lee Atwater, who advised Ronald Reagan and Dubya’s father. Those GOP strategists knew some people revel in their ignorance, and they helped exploit that attitude in the name of electoral victories.

Most Americans tend to forget history, but this trend began after Democratic President Lyndon Johnson pushed Congress to approve the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which angered southern white racists. Beginning with the 1966 mid-term election, Republicans tapped into that frustration with the party’s infamous “Southern Strategy.”

As Atwater explained in a book interview:

“You start out in 1954 by saying, ‘Nigger, nigger, nigger.’ By 1968 you can't say ‘nigger’ — that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like forced busing, states' rights and all that stuff. You're getting so abstract now (that) you're talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you're talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is (that) blacks get hurt worse than whites. And subconsciously maybe that is part of it. I'm not saying that. But I'm saying that if it is getting that abstract, and that coded, that we are doing away with the racial problem one way or the other. You follow me — because obviously sitting around saying, 'We want to cut this' is much more abstract than even the busing thing, and a hell of a lot more abstract than ‘Nigger, nigger.’”

The modern day equivalent of this strategy is the Tea Party movement, which has revived the once discredited mantle of “states’ rights.”

Regardless, Republican officials who don’t believe the poll’s results should have themselves and their allies state unequivocally and publicly that Obama was born in the United States and is not a socialist who wants terrorists to win. (Are you listening, Jean Schmidt?)

Most Republicans won’t, of course, because they benefit from polarization. How sad.

If nothing else, maybe the poll’s findings will nudge Obama into refocusing on the agenda that got him elected and stop bending over backward in pursuit of elusive bipartisanship.

As Sam Stein put it on The Huffington Post, “How does a Republican lawmaker explain to his or her die-hard base that it is important to work on legislation with a racist, socialist president who is illegally holding office only because of the help of ACORN?”

02.04.2010 at 05:31 Reply
Wow! That is one hell of a quote. I have never seen that one before. Good post! Here's more on the racist roots of the GOP and how they made the transition from focusing on segregation to focusing on abortion. http://www.democracynow.org/2009/9/4/republican_gomorrah_inside_the_movement_that


02.04.2010 at 08:11 Reply
"discredited mantle of 'states rights'"? Have you never read the freaking Constitution? Today's Atwater equivalents are Jim Carville and Rahm Emmanuel so I look forward to your criticism of them. Obama is a socialist (based upon his policies and positions) . Oh, and lest you forget to mention: those "Southern white racists" were (are?) Democrats.


02.04.2010 at 08:47 Reply
1.) I've criticized Rahm Emanuel plenty. 2.) Obama's policies are not socialist. 3.) Those "Southern white racists" WERE Democrats and ARE NOW Republicans.


02.05.2010 at 12:32 Reply
Another pathetic “whiney” leftist. All you “Obamanistas” seem to know how to do is lament the fact that the mean republicans are picking on your boy. Since your boy can’t stand on his own two feet, he has to hide behind lawyers. Osborn says: “Regardless, Republican officials who don’t believe the poll’s results should have themselves and their allies state unequivocally and publicly that Obama was born in the United States…” What a whiney pisspot statement. No one in their right mind is going to say that because Obama is UNABLE to prove it. His entire presidency is a sham and an act of treason on the part of all federal and state officials entrusted with defending the US Constitution and ensuring that anyone ascending to the Presidency is in compliance with the Constitution. Obama’s installation into the Oval “Oriface” is a violation of the Constitution. Regarding republican officials making statements and issuing sound bites to comfort and placate Obama…what the hell have they got to do with it?? Most of them are as corrupt as Obama himself and the deviants, perverts and pedophiles that surround him like yourself. And these GOP officials, for the most part, have no more credibility than Obama himself. All that is required to end the debate is for Obama to produce a LEGITIMATE birth certificate…something he is unable to do. Otherwise he would not have spent $1.5 M to “smokescreen” his records and keep them out of public view. Obama can stall and foot drag all he wants, but the truth will come out and his acts of subversion will be exposed.


02.05.2010 at 06:31 Reply
hook a brother up and post the links criticizing Rahm. the fungibility of a person's political affiliation is irrelevant in this instance. Obama's policies in fact and theory are socialist. I'm not a "birther," but a newspaper post by his mother and a "certificate of live birth" are not equivalent to a birth certificate attested to by the hospital in which his mother gave birth.