Wednesday, April 06, 2016
Some Troubling Results From A New Political Poll
These charts were made from a new Quinnipiac University Poll -- done between March 16th and 21st of a random national sample of 1,451 voters, with a margin of error of 2.6 points.
I don't know about you, but I found the results given on these two questions to be very troubling. It turns out that close to half (45%) of Americans (and even larger percentages of Republicans) think the government has gone too far in assisting minority groups. They seem to think that assuring equal rights somehow curbs the rights of Americans that always had those rights -- that rights is somehow a zero sum game.
It is not. Assuring equal rights for groups that have traditionally been discriminated against (because of race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual preference) just gives those groups the SAME RIGHTS that everyone else has. It does NOT give them any special rights at all.
That tells me that racism (and its ugly cousin, white privilege) and bigotry are still strong forces in this country.
But perhaps even more troubling is the chart below. More than half of Americans (53%) say they want a strong leader willing to say or do anything to solve problems -- and 68% of Republicans (and 84% of Trump voters agree. Only the Democrats disagree.
This sounds like an invitation to the establishment of a dictator -- a tyrant who will take away our freedoms while promising safety and security. Do we really want someone willing to do "anything" (including breaking our rules and laws)? Didn't that same desire in Germany produce Hitler?
Am I wrong? Does this trouble you?