According to a new poll from Public Policy Polling, two-thirds of Donald Trump supporters think President Obama is not only a Muslim, but that he was also born in another country as well. This isn’t a joke or a wildly exaggerated story from a liberal blog simply to increase page likes and web traffic, this is a very real poll conducted by a respected group which is noted for their accurate polling on elections and national issues.
This shouldn’t be very surprising considering the fact that a third of Louisiana Republicans in a different PPP poll blame President Obama for the slow response to Hurricane Katrina, even though he didn’t even get elected until 3 years after the hurricane devastated the Gulf Coast.
Via Public Policy Polling:
Our new poll finds that Trump is benefiting from a GOP electorate that thinks Barack Obama is a Muslim and was born in another country, and that immigrant children should be deported. 66% of Trump’s supporters believe that Obama is a Muslim to just 12% that grant he’s a Christian. 61% think Obama was not born in the United States to only 21% who accept that he was. And 63% want to amend the Constitution to eliminate birthright citizenship, to only 20% who want to keep things the way they are.
Trump’s beliefs represent the consensus among the GOP electorate. 51% overall want to eliminate birthright citizenship. 54% think President Obama is a Muslim. And only 29% grant that President Obama was born in the United States. That’s less than the 40% who think Canadian born Ted Cruz was born in the United States. (Source)
If you actually think President Obama is a Muslim born in another country, you really can’t have any credibility when you say you think Donald Trump is a good candidate. Yet, this is the proudly and willfully ignorant voting demographic which completely adores Donald Trump and has propelled him to the top of the Republican polls.
The fact that Donald Trump has put forth very little in policy proposals and has relied on insane rhetoric like making Mexico pay for a wall along the entire border with the United States shows that he isn’t a serious candidate. But in a country obsessed with celebrity culture and reality TV, a figure that has also been a WWE character has managed to take all the attention away from the other Republican candidates, showing once again how low our political process has fallen.
It is especially harmful to the Republican Party when other 2016 presidential contenders who may not be as extreme as they have to appear for primary voters and potential donors are forced to do so in order to gain any support. I’m sure that Scott Walker has little interest in building a wall along the Canadian border, just as Ben Carson doesn’t really think using armed drones to conduct strikes along the Mexican border is a reasonable idea.
Donald Trump probably wouldn’t change the name of Denali back to Mount McKinley as he has stated, nor would he likely implement most of his wild suggestions. According to Politifact, he is the least truthful of all the Republican candidates. That’s no easy task considering field he’s in, but that is of little importance to the huge GOP base that currently supports him.
At this point, I can’t tell if Donald Trump’s campaign is serious, a promotional stunt gone bizarrely wrong – or if it is proof that Republican voters are finally ready to make the fictional movie “Idiocracy” a reality.
Good job America, this is why we can’t have nice things.
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