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Poll Finds Only 47% Very Fine People On The Republican Side

Apparently, there are very fine people on both sides. And when it comes to Republicans it's 47% of them.

At least that's the finding of a poll conducted by Politico and Morning Consult asking voters if they would have a problem voting for a candidate alleged to making anti-Semitic remarks.

Released on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day, the findings of the poll provide more evidence that when it comes to tolerating hate speech, the majority of Republicans are fine with that.

The poll found shockingly higher percentages of Republicans cool with racist and homophobic remarks (see above).

And while I'm almost as troubled by the fact that nearly a third of Democratic voters are okay with candidates making anti-Semitic remarks, at least they're in the minority, and my real concern is that Republicans may soon be in the majority -- at least in the House, and maybe the Senate -- following the midterm elections.

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At least that's the current expectation of Ipsos political polling expert Chris Jackson, who provided an update to journalists and marketing executives of the research giant's current tracking today.

"We think there's about a one-in-ten chance that Democrats are able to hold onto things," Jackson handicapped, adding, "That might be a little optimistic for them, honestly."

The even money, by Jackson's count, is that Republicans will narrowly win control of the House, with slightly inferior odds giving them complete control over Congress.

While it's not unusual for opposition parties to gain seats in the midterms, we've never had one so vocally in opposition of hate as we do now.

Ironically, that's not one of the top factors that will determine the outcome of the midterms, says Jackson, because Americans of all parties -- including independents are mostly concerns with their pocketbooks. The economy in general and inflation in particular.

And on that basis, the party in control isn't polling especially well, despite the fact that the economy is actually very strong by most objective standards -- ie. employment and wages -- as well as the fact that inflation currently is a factor of external events such as supply chain and war-related energy issues.

Remember the last time rising economic concerns coincided with anti-Semitic intolerance?

3 comments about "Poll Finds Only 47% Very Fine People On The Republican Side".
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  1. Ed Papazian from Media Dynamics Inc, April 28, 2022 at 9:55 a.m.

    Joe, assuming that the study had a nationally representative sample and the questions were posed in a clear manner to the respondents, I assume that there were various  answering options. If so it might be interesting to  see how many Republicans  said that they would be somewhat concerned---or wahtever wording was used----about candidates who had these views---or taints---compared to their Democrat counterparts. I suspect that many more Republicans might fall into this "it's not  good but not a major concern" category. If so, this would more or less complete the picture. Just a thought.

  2. Joe Mandese from MediaPost, April 28, 2022 at 10:13 a.m.

    @Ed Papazian: You can see it here:

    https://www.politico.com/f/?id=00000178-cfbd-d07a-ad78-dfbfde3a0000

    Methodology:
    This poll was conducted between April 9-April 12, 2021 among a sample of 1992 Registered Voters.
    The interviews were conducted online and the data were weighted to approximate a target sample
    of Registered Voters based on gender, educational attainment, age, race, and region. Results from
    the full survey have a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.

  3. Dane Claussen from University of Idaho replied, April 28, 2022 at 1:12 p.m.

    it's the Democratic Party, not the Democrat Party.  Democrats do not refer to Republicans as Republics, although it might be amusing.

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