Posted 5 years ago on June 22, 2012, 9:29 a.m. EST by OccNoVi
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Professor Valentino has done a first-rate sampling Americans for their opinions on hard-ball details political issues. Responses are tagged to political parties of the respondents.
Flip down to Page 26. You get a look at a huge, ugly distortion to this country's mental health. We're talking "communal delusion" territory -- a mob psychosis phenomenon.
-- Q63: Do you believe that the following statement is true or not true? "Iraq had weapons of mass destruction when the United States invaded in 2003."
Respondents reply "TRUE" as follows:
Democrats - 15%.
Republicans - 63%.
Independents - 27%.
-- Q64: Which of the following statements best describes your views on whether Barack Obama was born in the United States or another country?
Respondents who now respond that he was not born in the United States:
Democrats - 10%.
Republicans - 64%.
Independents - 31%.
(Which I take as a measure for retailed madness. These people have been sold an outright lie. A piece of craziness.)
For both questions there are also significant numbers who say that they do not know.
Plainly and to a large extent America is now the land of Trump, Romney, Limbaugh, and Cheney. Politics has become an extension of Wall Street's traditional pastime, a betting game known as Liar's Poker.
The whole of this Dartmouth-Valentino poll deserves attention. It runs for 32 pages. It's not as complete as a full geographically-specific analytical effort. Nobody's perfect.
As a measure of ignorance, it stands by itself. Annotation to follow, hopefully.