According to a recent Harris poll as cited by the Daily Mail (UK), the Chicago Tribune and other newspapers one quarter (24%) of Republicans think Obama “may be the Anti-Christ” (compared to 6% of self-identified Democrats).
This is not the kind of randomly selected participant poll that one likes to see, but rather a “Harris Interactive” poll of people who click-through a link to earn points of some sort by taking a poll. However, those taking the poll don’t know what they will be asked when they click. Nevertheless, it tends to indicate some real craziness among those who haven’t fled the Republican party for their lives. Among other findings in the poll, Republicans think:
- Obama is a Muslim (57%)
- Was not born in the United States and so is not eligible to be president (45%)
- Is doing many of the things that Hitler did (38%)
- He wants terrorists to win (22%)
The poll also indicated that belief in the above decreased dramatically with education.
Respondents for this survey were selected from among those who have agreed to participate in Harris Interactive surveys. The data have been weighted to reflect the composition of the adult population. Because the sample is based on those who agreed to participate in the Harris Interactive panel, no estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.
Update: The Chicago Tribune has published a collection of discussion about this poll from those in the field.