Obama's enemies: Republicans and the uneducated
Fri, 26 Mar 2010 9:32p.m.
By Dan Satherley
New research in the US suggests a large minority of Americans hold extreme opinions on president Barack Obama.
A poll by market research company Harris Interactive shows that not only do two in five Americans believe Obama is a "socialist", but one-third still believe he is Muslim.
A full 38 percent believe he is going to take away US citizens' right to hold arms; 29 percent that he wants to sell-out the US to a "one-world government"; 27 percent that he resents the country's heritage; and 23 percent that he is a racist and anti-American, alike.
But this is just the tip of the iceberg.
Again, 23 percent of Americans believe he wants to use a terrorist attack or economic collapse to take "dictatorial powers"; one-fifth say he is doing "many of the things" that Adolf Hitler did; and 14 percent believe he is none other than the Anti-Christ. That's almost one in every seven.
Perhaps the least surprising discovery from the poll of 2320 adults across the US is that views on Obama closely reflect the respondent's political affiliation and education.
Republicans predictably view Obama less favourably than Democrats; but more tellingly, the less education a person has, the likely they are to agree with a negative statement about the president – in every single category polled, without exception.
Independent voters' views generally fall between the two extremes, whilst voters with post grad qualifications are in some cases four times more likely to side with Obama than those with only a high school education or less.
Poll respondents' answers were weighted to bring them into line with population demographics. Harris Interactive says because the selected respondents were chosen from a larger pool of participants, no mathematical margin of error can be inferred.
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30/03/2010 3:48:48 p.m.
Craig Young wrote:
I see our own whingeing wingnut contingent is parroting their American counterparts on this issue. We're talking about poorly educated extremists here, who end up in outfits like the would-be copkilling Hutaree fundamentalist terrorist group mentioned in another news item. Or anti-abortion fanatics. Or dropkick white supremacist violent skinheads. Don't criticise those of us who worked hard to get an education, thank you...
29/03/2010 12:48:00 p.m.
ahmed talibbey wrote:
wat gets me is that we overcame alot of things in this country over the years a depression wars attacks on our homeland and racism and prejudices,at this point in this time in this country,after the most heart wrenching event now written in our countrys history september 11,when those cowards did not care if those americans that died in those attacks were white,black,democrat or republican and when soldiers of every race and political party are dieing and fighting for this country and evil people are still plotting right now as you read this blog to do us all harm because we live on this beautiful god given land and because we are americans,this is not the time,though we can agree to dissagree because this is what our country is about we are a mixture of different ideas and different ways of life and together we are one country,we cant afford to be divided and hate the differences in one another we have to be united because our enemy hates us because of what we all share or have in common,he cares nothing about our differences
29/03/2010 12:47:57 p.m.
29/03/2010 12:47:54 p.m.
27/03/2010 1:44:24 p.m.
You forgot the most important THE TRUTH.
27/03/2010 8:39:44 a.m.
only in America ...???
27/03/2010 6:49:35 a.m.
Interesting and truly goofy. Of course the so-called "uneducated" have views more extreme than others. Just look at the usual street-rioters protesting against Iraq, Afghan, G-8, eating beef, and whatever else tickles their fancy. Hardly the "educated." They certainly have their counterparts.But formal education aside, it doesn't take a college degree to know when you're being had or lied to. Instinct trumps Women's Studies every time. And a college degree in no way even suggests that a person is politically well-read or tuned in. Just ask around. Too many "educated" people I know can't even carry on a discussion about most issues beyond the mouthing of platitudes and catch-phrases. Sad, but true that they come unarmed to a discussion requiring facts and even -- gasp! - research!As a former teacher, I am a firm believer in the need to have an educated society. Unfortunately, we don't really educate people today to think logically and rationally, or to independently gather information on important issues.It is telling that this suspect survey reveals that the less educated seem to be the least enthusiastic about Obama. While I dont find that to be the case with the people I deal with daily (all educated and disgusted with Obama)), it speaks well for those who are less schoolbook smart but have a good deal of old-fashioned common sense. That has nothing to do with finding the administration's policies alien to our welfare.
27/03/2010 6:12:43 a.m.
Maybe the word that the writer of this hit piece should have used instead of 'educated' is 'indoctrinated'.At least 30% of 0bama's supporters don't finish high school.
27/03/2010 6:04:09 a.m.
Hey, Paul C - You're just like this other racist bigot who said:"I can't wait for white people to be gone because there won't be any Republicans then."Care to elaborate on what 'taught a lesson' is supposed to mean, big mouth Lefty?
27/03/2010 6:04:00 a.m.
Micheal Heaps wrote:
Obama is a naive ignorant little boy who is the worst enemy the US has got right now. He and his liberal administration are way over their heads concerning whats going on in the world and his foreign policies concerning Iran, Israel, North Korea etc will end up being the end of the US!!!
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