Political stereotypes reinforced — or not
There's no secret that Republicans and Democrats, when taken in aggregate, might see the world a little differently.
So when Public Policy Polling reports 58 percent of Republicans think global warming is a conspiracy while 77 percent of Democrats disagree, I yawn a bit.
When the numbers go on to show 72 percent of Democrats believe President George W. Bush intentionally misled the public on the issue of WMDs in Iraq — while 73 of Republicans do not — I start to wonder why they wasted money on a poll.
But then, things get weird. And fun.
Did you know, for example, that 15 percent of Democrats believe a secretive power elite is out to rule the entire world, but slightly more than a third of Republicans and independents buy into this New World Order threat?
I guess the general fear of big government can have legs into the extreme.
But my personal favorite, and the people I'd like to meet out of sheer curiosity: Apparently 6 percent of Democrats think President Barack Obama is the Anti-Christ.
Yes, Democrats. Yes, President Obama. Yes, Anti-Christ.
I mean, it is lower than the 20 percent of Republicans, but still.
The takeaway? Political stereotypes really do go only so far.