24% of GOPers Believe Obama's the Antichrist
By P.Cash, Newser User
Posted Mar 23, 2010 12:27 PM CDT
Promoted on Newser Mar 23, 2010 1:38 PM CDT

(User Submitted) – A recent Harris poll reveals some pretty alarming attitudes regarding our 44th president, especially among GOPers. For starters, 67% of Republicans who responded believe that Obama is a socialist, despite his markedly centrist leanings. Second, over half of Republicans polled (57%) believe that the president is a closet Muslim, a charge he has consistently denied. Perhaps most alarming is the number of Republicans (24%) who believe that Obama "may be the Antichrist."

According to John Avlon of the Daily Beast, all of these GOP ideas stem from "Obama Derangement Syndrome," which is a "pathological hatred of the president posing as patriotism." He believes that this ideology could spell trouble for Obama down the road, because it paints him as a "domestic enemy." Read the full article.

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Mar 25, 2010 4:36 AM CDT
I am ashamed. What has my party become? Politics seem to be becoming dangerously polarized; I wish there was a third party that could actually go to bat with the Dems and the GOP.
Mar 25, 2010 1:44 AM CDT
24% of the GOP is nutso.
Mar 25, 2010 1:14 AM CDT
First off, the methodology is terrible. This was not a scientific poll at all. Harris Interactive did not select people from a random pool. Rather, this poll was answered by people who were clicking answers to questions in order to get free stuff. There’s no basis for this poll meaning anything, therefore. Second, the poll wording and structure follows the pattern of a push poll. Readers were prompted that people believed certain negative statements about the President, and were given a list of those statements to agree or disagree with. This is the kind of trick that campaigns use to make negative attacks on a candidate without making it an ad traceable back to the campaign. You read a bunch of negative things about a person, give those things credibility, and plant the seed in people’s minds. It works sometimes, too, though in this case it’s clear to me the idea was to get a bad result to attempt to discredit the poll takers, rather than the President. But it’s not a fair assessment because they were prompted. I agree with Langer who says: Harris indeed goes the next step by reporting its results as what its respondents’ “believe” and as opinions they “hold,” as if they themselves came up with these notions, rather than having them one-sidedly set before them on a platter. Call me what you will – and I know it can get nasty out there – but from my perspective, this is not good polling practice.