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Mar 19 2012

On eve of Illinois primary, GOP voters unsure of evolution and Obama

Result on a recent poll asking conservative Illinois voters about the President’s citizenship and evolutionary biology tail with the same questions a week ago about Mississippi and Alabama voters. Although the results are slightly less depressing in Illinois:

Daily Kos

Do you think Barack Obama is a Christian or a Muslim, or are you not sure?
Christian: 24
Muslim: 39
Not sure:37Do you think Barack Obama was born in the United States, or not?
Was born in U.S.: 36
Not born in U.S.: 36
Not sure: 28

Do you believe in evolution, or not?
Believe in evolution: 41
Do not: 43
Not sure: 16

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  1. 1
    The Lorax

    Seems the numbers are slightly better this time around, but still rather shameful.

  2. 2
    raven

    The “believe in evolution” numbers at 41% are quite unexpected.

    By me anyway. I’m surprised they aren’t around zero.

  3. 3
    richardelguru

    I do wish they wouldn’t phrase the evolution Q that way: If anyone ever asked me that I’d have a great temptation to push them downstairs and ask if they believed in gravity.

  4. 4
    Stephen "DarkSyde" Andrew

    LOL Richard!

  5. 5
    robb

    lol. i thought the exact same thing that Richard did!

  6. 6
    Don F

    Richard,

    You need to BELIVE in gravity! If you have no FAITH in gravity, it will let you DOWN!!

  7. 7
    Woof

    Christian: 24
    Muslim: 39

    Those were the only choices?

  8. 8
    demonhauntedworld

    I said this before about the Alabama/Mississippi polls, but I’ll say it again: PPP really needs to do the scientifically rigorous thing and poll groups other than Republicans. Otherwise, what are we supposed to be comparing these numbers to (or, for the grammatically fastidious: to what are we supposed to be comparing these numbers)?

  9. 9
    bahrfeldt

    Following up on Woof, above, shouldn’t the choices include

    3) Atheist- Marxist
    4) Atheist- Stalinist
    5) Atheist- Maoist
    6) Atheist- Other
    7) CINO (Christian in name only)
    8) Satanist
    9) Disciple of Cthulu
    10) Nazi
    11) Hippie
    12) Jew

    ????

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