On the other hand, isn’t it of significance to discover that “new data from Public Policy Polling …shows that 52 percent of Mississippi Republican believe President Obama is a Muslim (a comparatively slight 45 percent of Alabama GOP voters agreed with them)”? In addition the poll shows some further disarming responses: 66 percent of likely Mississippi Republican voters don’t believe in evolution; 60 percent of Alabama GOP followers share that opinion. Oh, and 67 percent of likely Alabama Grand Old Party voters believe that the state’s xenophobic and harsh anti-Mexican “immigration law” is a “good thing.”
When you add these and other poll responses together, you realize that a large portion of the Southern Republican voting base that is living in the dark ages. The much-commented upon belief that Obama is a Muslim is just the most sensational of poll revelations, because it is so contrary to a verifiable fact.
What you have here is a profile of a segment of the US population that is somewhat akin to a religious cult with a deep fear of anyone who doesn’t look and talk like they do. [...]
[T]his “backwards in time” outlook currently has a stranglehold on the United States through Republican control of the House of Representatives. Furthermore, the US Senate Republican caucus frequently appeals to this base and stifles progress through the threat of filibusters. Not to mention that the GOP field of presidential candidates heavily leans in the direction of this minority of voters living in a bubble.
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