In case you missed this story last week, this is yet another demonstration of the stunning ignorance of American voters, as well as their bigotry, fear and hatred of “others.”
Steve Benen reported, Maybe we’ve always been at war with Agrabah:
Public Policy Polling has a well-deserved reputation for asking cheeky questions — in the middle of legitimate, proper surveys — that stand out for being funny. Today’s gem, however, is special, even by PPP standards.
Would you support or oppose bombing Agrabah?
Support bombing Agrabah 30%
Oppose bombing Agrabah 13%
Not sure 57%
And what, pray tell, is Agrabah? It’s a fictional city in a Disney movie called Aladdin. In other words, nearly a third of the country, asked about a made-up place with a kinda sorta Middle Eastern-sounding name, is ready to launch a bombing campaign.
The fictional city of Agrabah in Disney’s Aladdin.
For what it’s worth, there was a partisan difference in the results: a plurality of Democratic primary voters opposes bombing the imaginary place, while a plurality of Republicans are ready to launch a military offensive against the place that doesn’t exist.
Actually, the PPP poll contains more depressing results than this trick question. Salon reports, Poll: 30 percent of GOP voters support bombing any Arab sounding nation — even the fictional land of Aladdin:
According to a new Public Policy Polling (PPP) poll, 30 percent of Republican primary voters nationally support bombing Agrabah, the made up home of Disney’s Aladdin, and 34 percent support Donald Trump for president.
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Of those Republicans who would like to bomb the fictional land of Aladdin, support for Trump is at 45 percent. To their credit, 57 percent of Republicans at least responded that they weren’t sure if the U.S. should bomb the Arab sounding land while 13 percent opposed a bombing campaign in the Disney created nation.
Surprisingly, self-identified Tea Party members only accounted for 16 percent of respondents of the survey conducted over two days this week while half of all respondents identified as Evangelical Christians.
More than a quarter indicated that they would like to outright ban the religion of Islam from being practiced in the U.S. That number jumped to 42 percent of Trump supporters who think Islam should be illegal. Another 46 percent of Republican voters support a national Muslim registry although for 47 percent, shutting down all mosques is a bridge too far.
Christofascism is alive and well in America. What First Amendment religious liberty?