September 22, 2016 3 Comments
Seriously, if I was a Republican I would be so horrifyingly embarrassed of my party. Check out the latest public opinion results on the “birther” issue:
The experiment lays bare two of the competing rationales that can motivate survey-takers.
On the one hand, people tend to jump at the chance to endorse any negative statement about their candidate’s political opponents, a tendency that’s only been exacerbated by increasing political polarization in recent years. That’s always been part of the appeal of birtherism for many Republicans, who loathe Obama and are prone to agree with any statement that casts him in a bad light.
On the other hand, people also tend to rely on partisan cues when answering surveys, making them more likely to take a particular stance on an issue if they think it puts them in line with their party’s leaders. HuffPost/YouGov polling last yearfound that, for instance, Republicans were far more likely to support universal health care when the idea was attributed to Trump, while Democrats were more enthusiastic about the concept when it was attributed to Obama.
That leaves Republicans who’ve supported birtherism caught between either abandoning their belief or opposing their presidential nominee.
“The best they can do, while still ‘saving face’ is to move to the ‘uncertain’ category,” Miller said. “A full reversal would be too identity threatening.”
So amazingly pathetic that only 1/3 of Republicans can bring themselves to admit Trump was born in America.
Yes, surely Democrats believe some dumb things, too. Partisanship has an amazing power to make people stupid, but, really, nothing anywhere close to this.
And just for fun, a survey from May that shows how Republican hatred for Obama has convinced them he’s ruined the economy:
And, yes, you know how dumb that is, but nice to see just how wrong: