They’re just trolling us…

So by now every liberal has commented on the latest poll from Public Policy Polling (PPP), a left-leaning polling operation that has done very well in previous elections. Here’s the rundown on the stuff that everybody on the left is making a fuss about:

  • 66% of Trump’s supporters believe that Obama is a Muslim to just 12% that grant he’s a Christian
  • 61% think Obama was not born in the United States to only 21% who accept that he was
  • 63% want to amend the Constitution to eliminate birthright citizenship, to only 20% who want to keep things the way they are

And just in case you were wondering how this compares to the rest of the GOP, don’t worry. PPP took the time to cover those bases as well:

  • 51% overall want to eliminate birthright citizenship
  • 54% think President Obama is a Muslim
  • 29% grant that President Obama was born in the United States

Okay, so here’s the thing. I believe that GOP voters know that PPP is a left-leaning polling outlet, and they’re just lying to pollsters. Republican voters get a call during the middle of the day, they get asked a bunch of ridiculous questions and then say to themselves “well, let’s have some fun and go nuts”. So the GOP-leaning respondents answer the questions in a way that they know will piss off people like myself. Instead of answering the ridiculous questions in a factual manner, GOP respondents choose to use the occasion as an excuse to display their hatred for President Obama by endorsing views that they know are factually inaccurate.

See, if conservatives grant that Obama was born in America and is in fact a christian, that’s a form of bi-partisanship. That would amount to granting President Obama some form of legitimacy. As well all know, granting any legitimacy to President Obama and engaging in bi-partisanship is unacceptable to the current GOP today. Chris Cillizza at WaPo phrases it more eloquently than I do, but he essentially agrees with me, stating that “…when Republicans — and this PPP poll asked only Republicans the Muslim question — are given the chance to say something negative (or even untrue) about Obama, they will take it.”

See, it’s not enough to just oppose President Obama’s policies. You have to demonize him as much as possible. In essence, this leads to Republican trolling while the rest of us are supposed to laugh at how crazy they appear to be. Well, I’m not falling for it. I know you Republican voters included in the polls aren’t this stupid. I know you’re just answering the questions like this in order to make yourselves appear like you have nothing in common with your political opposition. So, just stop it. Just admit you don’t really think that Obama is a Muslim and was born in Kenya.

I know, I know, people like Erick Erickson have previously said that he “understand[s] why so many [people] do” believe “Obama is a closet muslim jihadist sympathizer”. And yes, this polling has been done before, indicating similar results to this latest poll. But to my left-leaning friends; don’t fall for this B.S. Republicans know President Obama isn’t a Muslim. They also know he was born in Honolulu. They just hate President Obama, and will say anything to denigrate and disparage him, even if they know it simply isn’t true. If anything is to blame for the results of this stupid poll (other than Republican trolling), it is the out of control polarization going on in this country. As I stated above, it’s not enough to disagree with someone, you have to label them with all kinds of ridiculous false accusations just to make your point. So, again, I implore my fellow liberals, don’t feed into the polarization and take this poll as an accurate depiction of what GOP voters actually believe. Put simply, don’t take the troll bait.

Lastly, Jimmy Kimmel had some fun with this poll last night on his show (editor’s note: shave the beard, Jimmy. It does not work for you):

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