Bring Out the Dinosaurs: 66 Percent of Likely Mississippi GOP Primary Voters Are Creationists

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Your Daily Dose of BuzzFlash at Truthout, via my pal Mark Karlin:

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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  • lsamsa

    It would be quite understandable if a community had been completely cut off from the rest of the world for a number of decades.
    But, considering the opportunities for knowledge & information (even just the local library &/or the teevee)...the ignorance of so many in the U.S. is absolutely astounding.
    Yet, these would be the first people to claim that the U.S. is the best at everything & the greatest nation in the world.
    It would be one thing if these people wanted to improve their understanding, to gain knowledge & consider life outside of their own small worlds...but they choose not to, yet they wonder why the rest of the world mocks them.