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Posted by on Feb 2, 2010 in Politics | 37 comments

Meet the Republican Base

A Research 2000 poll on behalf of Daily Kos suggests many members of the GOP base are … how do I put this in a “moderate voice”? … detached from reality.

One example from the findings: While a plurality of 42 percent believe President Obama was born in the U.S., 36 percent don’t, and another 22 percent are not sure, giving the GOP base an almost-super majority who question the President’s citizenship.

Another example: While a plurality of 36 percent do not think “Obama is a racist who hates White people,” 31 percent agree with that statement, and a solid third (33 percent) are not sure, giving the GOP a potential, super-majority-plus of voters who are either convinced or wondering if the President is a Caucasian-a-phobe.

And one more: A solid majority — 53 percent — think Sarah Palin is more qualified to be President than Obama, while only 14 percent unequivocally believes she is not.

Granted, it’s a Kos-sponsored poll that was undertaken specifically to test “certain claims” Kos was making about Republicans. Still, these questions are pretty direct and unequivocal; so much so, that if I was a leader of the GOP, I’d be more than mildly concerned about who was voting for me.

H/t Ben Smith.