A Public Policy Polling survey has just confirmed that many Republicans have absolutely no idea what they are talking about. That’s not a stretch; rather, it is cold, hard fact.
The survey, conducted from May 6 through May 9, found the scope of some of the completely out of touch ideas held by Republicans. According to the results, GOP voters believe more than 2 to 1 that unemployment has increased under the Obama Administration. These same voters also believe, by almost the same margin, that the stock market has gone down under Obama. In other words, over half of Republican voters believe things that are completely disconnected from reality.
The poll has a 3.2% margin of error, meaning that the real results could be up to that far off from the numbers reported. Too bad they are so glaringly bad for the GOP that such a margin doesn’t help. Saving the Republicans’ credibility would require more like a 40% margin of error, which would far invalidate the poll, and is just a joke.
Neither statement agreed upon by most GOP voters is anywhere near accurate, with the economy fairing relatively well under the present Administration, especially compared to some of the previous war addict ones. The current unemployment rate in the United States is only 5%, which is pretty much on par with pre-recession levels.
Below, you can see the graph of unemployment in America over time, going back to before the recession which marked the end of the Bush era. The image is via screenshot from the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. As noted in the image itself, the cross-hatched area represents the recession.
As for the stock market, it has also made a real recovery since Obama took office. You can check out the chart below. It is slightly academic looking, but it illustrates the condition of the stock market under President Obama’s tenure. The sudden dip in the upper right hand corner is the recession at the end of Bush’s terms. As you can see, it has gotten much better since then. This graph is via screenshot from Macro Trends.
One of the problems is that none of this nonsense is at all a stretch for Republican voters. It is not in the least bit out of character. After all, they picked Donald Trump, illogical racist extraordinaire, as their party’s nominee. No matter how many establishment leaders of the right want to look the other way and/or try and stop Trump, the fact is that the voters picked him. The Republicans picked him, by a margin of millions upon millions of votes, because he is the candidate most in line with their beliefs.
Sure, Trump makes up things left and right, from the time he said Hillary Clinton wants to abolish the second amendment to the time he pretended to be his own spokesman back in the 1990s, but GOP voters, as shown in this survey, make up plenty of things themselves. Republicans also deny climate change left and right, and have continued, in some of their corners, to assert that President Obama isn’t even a citizen of the United States.
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