The Republicans are dangerous to the country; we knew that. But new data from Public Policy Polling reveals just how dangerous.
The polling data, on the surface, doesn’t reveal anything we don’t already know. They interviewed 316 primary voters, and the results were, in most ways, expected. In most ways, but not all.
Not surprising is that Republicans deny the current evidence supporting evolution; just 37% of the population polled “believe” in evolution, and a full 62% either doesn’t believe or doesn’t know:
The same is true for global warming, as well. Only a quarter “believe” in global warming.
The real fun comes when they started asking the population about who they preferred. Turns out that Republicans are so clueless that a huge majority of the population polled still supports Dubya:
If Dubya ran again today, he’d get nominated in a heartbeat.
Ben Carson is the most widely favored candidate behind Bush. I’m very much amused by Jeb Bush, whose approval rating is beaten out only by Chris Christie. In general, the lower the “favorable” rating, the more likely the individual can win a general election. This, kids, is the Republican Problem: they’re beholden to an extremist base that’s so far removed from reality they still worship Bush.
Speaking of extremist, it turns out “Daesh Envy” exists among Republican-leaning Christians: over half of the population polled, 57%, would like to see the United States turned into a Christian State:
So, which type of Christianity are we talking here? There are significant theological differences in the Christian community on certain issues like salvation, the importance of doing good works, and the nature of the Bible. Now, I know — this 57% is so intensely chauvinistic that they dismiss all that as “dogma” and want to pretend that their faith is a “personal relationship with Christ,” but that’s not only not how this works, and that attitude is part of the problem, as they just dismissed nearly every Christian not them with the “No True Christian” fallacy.
So what brand, I ask again? Amish? Mennonite? Lutheran? Anglican? Roman Catholic? Mormon? Unitarian? Evangelical Fundamentalism? Pentecostalism?
Naturally, the 57% who answered were thinking their brand, but putting their brand in power above other brands is what gives us wars like the Thirty Years War. I’d rather not have that happen in the United States, thank you.
Another surprising statistic is how unpopular the Tea Party has become. This is a somewhat confusing statistic, but apparently 60% of the population polled don’t consider themselves members of the Tea Party:
So, to recap:
- 57% of the population polled want to create a Christian version of Daesh right here in our backyards, likely triggering a Thirty Years War in the process
- 74% of the population polled still support Dubya
- 66% of the population polled don’t “believe” in global warming
- 49% of the population polled don’t “believe” in evolution
- And 60% of the population polled is extremely confused about what party they actually belong to