Often people say, "You can't trust the polls." Well, usually they're pretty accurate. But not if a pollster conducts fraudulent work, which is the allegation a leading progressive web site, Daily Kos, had made against Research 2000.
It's sort of difficult for me to follow the statistical evidence trail that strongly suggests Research 2000 made up results for the polls the firm conducted for Daily Kos the past few years.
However, the bottom line is clear. Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas says, "I hereby renounce any post we've written based exclusively on Research 2000 polling."
That includes a well-publicized Research 2000 survey of Republicans which found that an amazingly large percentage believed that President Obama was racist (31%), socialist (63%), and not a U.S. citizen (36%). Plus, about a quarter thought both that Obama "wants the terrorists to win" and their state should secede from the union.
This high degree of craziness from GOP'ers was embarrassing even to Fox News, which, if I recall correctly, attempted to discredit the poll with "consider the source" (Daily Kos) comments.
So Moulitsas realized that his lawsuit against Research 2000 would make the conservative crowd happy, since now his Republicans are Crazy finding had lost its reputability. This led to his post today, "R2K or not, Republicans are still nuts."
It provides evidence from other pollsters that supports many of the Research 2000 survey conclusions. Such as:
-- 42% of Republicans believe Obama wasn't born in this country
-- 52% of Republicans think ACORN stole the 2008 election for Obama
-- 67% of Republicans think Obama is a socialist
-- 57% of Republicans believe Obama is a Muslim
-- 38% of Republicans say that Obama is "doing many of the things that Hitler did"
-- 24% of Republicans say that Obama "may be the Antichrist"
Well, if Republicans wonder why they've lost political power in the last two national elections, it's because most Americans (thankfully) realize that our country can't be led by the Village Idiot.
There's plenty of room for honest disagreement about Obama's policies and which way forward is best for the United States. But so long as a large percentage of Republicans hold such crackpot ideas, the GOP deserves to be a minority party.