Don’t confuse caring with awareness: According to another Pew survey from July of 2012, nearly two-thirds of Americans know that income inequality has grown worse over the last decade. But despite having a measure of income inequality three to four times wider than most developed democracies, only 47% of the population thinks it’s a problem.

Thanks, Obama

A significant chunk of Louisiana Republicans evidently believe that President Barack Obama is to blame for the poor response to the hurricane [Katrina] that ravaged their state more than three years before he took office.

… Twenty-eight percent said they think former President George W. Bush, who was in office at the time, was more responsible for the poor federal response while 29 percent said Obama … was more responsible.

(TPM)

image

A 2010 Harris Interactive poll found that the following percentage of Americans believed about President Obama that:

  • He is a socialist (40%)
  • He wants to take away Americans’ right to own guns (38%)
  • He is a Muslim (32%)
  • He wants to turn over the sovereignty of the United States to a one world government (29%)
  • He was not born in the United States and so is not eligible to be president (25%)
  • He may be the Anti-Christ (14%)
  • He wants the terrorists to win (13%)

These beliefs split clearly along partisan lines. Republicans believed the following about President Obama:

  • He is a socialist (67%)
  • He wants to take away Americans’ right to own guns (61%)
  • He is a Muslim (57%)
  • He wants to turn over the sovereignty of the United States to a one world government (51%)
  • He was not born in the United States and so is not eligible to be president (45%)
  • He may be the Anti-Christ (24%)
  • He wants the terrorists to win (22%)

Read: Priceonomics

Despite the recent controversy about Paula Deen she’s actually the most popular person we asked about in our entire poll with a 25 net favorability rating- 46% of voters see her positively to 21% with a negative opinion. …

And regardless of what the New Yorker may think, just 8% of Texans think Bert and Ernie are gay, while 41% believe they are not.
There is a lot of skepticism about Christie from conservative voters. Among those identifying as ‘very conservative’ 35% see him positively to 36% with a negative opinion. Christie’s overall net favorability of +12 at 41/29 ranks him 8th most popular out of the 9 Republicans we looked at, leading only Susana Martinez who is not yet well known on a national level.

Rubio leads the Republicans among conservatives, while Christie has the advantage with moderates. The problem for Christie is that only 19% of primary voters are moderates while 74% are conservatives.
13% of voters think Barack Obama is the anti-Christ, including 22% of Romney voters.

4% of voters say they believe “lizard people” control our societies by gaining political power.

14% of voters believe in Bigfoot.

15% of voters say the government or the media adds mind-controlling technology to TV broadcast signals (the so-called Tinfoil Hat crowd).

37% of voters believe global warming is a hoax, 51% do not. Republicans say global warming is a hoax by a 58-25 margin, Democrats disagree 11-77, and Independents are more split at 41-51. 61% of Romney voters believe global warming is a hoax