The Institute of Southern Stories writes on new poll results released by DailyKos. The poll surveyed 2,000 Republicans across the country and “found that astonishingly large numbers of GOP voters believe President Obama is racist, a socialist, and a non-citizen — views that have become staples of far-right radio and TV pundits.”
Chris Kromm writes:
But the poll has one big flaw: 42% of those polled came from Southern states — way out of proportion with their share of Republican voters nationally.
This over-sampling of Southern Republicans (846 total) skews the national results, but it also means the data gives us an especially rich picture of the views held by GOP voters in the South.
And the picture is unmistakable: On almost every issue, Southern Republicans are far to the right of their national GOP brethren. In fact, GOP Southerners appear to be the driving base for some of the most extreme views circulating in the Republican Party today.
(As for why the poll skewed so heavily toward conservative Republicans from the South, yet, on its face, tries to represent the GOP as a whole: I’m not giving any official comment, although I’m sure someone, some time today or this week will have called the poll and its pollsters out for bias. Politics, baby. Gotta know how it’s played, right?)