Agrabah, fictional country in Aladdin
Agrabah, fictional country in Aladdin

As if The Dai­ly Show’s recent focus group with Don­ald Trump sup­port­ers was­n’t scary enough, Pub­lic Pol­i­cy Polling (which peri­od­i­cal­ly does pub­lic opin­ion research for NPI) has now pub­lished the results of its lat­est nation­al poll, which finds that Don­ald Trump’s pop­u­lar­i­ty among Repub­li­can vot­ers con­tin­ues to grow, and that many of those vot­ers are unin­tel­li­gent, proto-fascists.

Let’s start with how vot­ers feel about the pro­posed ban on Mus­lims enter­ing the Unit­ed States — which is uncon­sti­tu­tion­al as well as un-American:

A lot of peo­ple thought Don­ald Trump’s sup­port might come crash­ing down after he announced sup­port for a ban on Mus­lims enter­ing the Unit­ed States last week but that posi­tion, as well as a lot of the oth­er things Trump has said recent­ly, is broad­ly pop­u­lar with­in the GOP. 54% sup­port Trump’s pro­posed Mus­lim ban, to only 25% who oppose it. Among Trump’s own sup­port­ers there’s 825 sup­port for it. Cruz vot­ers favor it as well, 5725. Rubio vot­ers are pret­ty even­ly divid­ed on it with 39% in favor and 40% opposed, while Bush vot­ers oppose it 2137.

And that’s just the beginning.

46% sup­port a nation­al data­base of Mus­lims, to only 37% opposed. Trump vot­ers sup­port this 6615 but vot­ers for the oth­er top can­di­dates are more close­ly divid­ed- Cruz’s (40/41) and Rubio’s (44/45) nar­row­ly oppose it while Bush’s (36/49) do by a wider spread.

Fig­ures on the right wing have stoked base­less fears for years about a nation­al gun reg­istry, which con­spir­a­cy the­o­rists claim is a pre­req­ui­site to inevitable gun con­fis­ca­tion. But it seems some of the same peo­ple who oppose a gun reg­istry are OK with the idea of the gov­ern­ment keep­ing track of all Mus­lims. Islam­o­pho­bia pro­duces some pret­ty strik­ing dou­ble standards.

36% think thou­sands of Arabs in New Jer­sey cheered when the World Trade Cen­ter col­lapsed to 35% who don’t think that hap­pened. Sup­port­ers of Trump (49/24) and Cruz (47/22) both pret­ty firm­ly think that occurred while Bush (37/51) and Rubio (22/46) vot­ers don’t think it did.

There is zero evi­dence — zero — that the event described above ever took place. It’s not even an urban leg­end. It’s pure, made-up Islam­o­pho­bic nonsense.

It’s been said that truth is stranger than fic­tion. What’s even stranger (and dis­heart­en­ing) is the phe­nom­e­non of fic­tion becom­ing truth in the eyes of thou­sands or mil­lions of peo­ple who live in a free soci­ety who have had access to an edu­ca­tion. War is peace, free­dom is slav­ery, igno­rance is strength.

Only 28% of GOP pri­ma­ry vot­ers go so far as to think mosques in the Unit­ed States should be shut down to 47% opposed to that. Trump vot­ers are on an island on that issue- they sup­port it 4528 but back­ers of Cruz (23/40) and espe­cial­ly Rubio (18/66) and Bush (14/68) are strong­ly against it.

Only 28% think the First Amend­ment applies only to them and not any Muslims!?

To put some of these find­ings about real mod­ern day issues and Trump vot­ers in con­text, 41% of his vot­ers think Japan­ese intern­ment was a good thing, to 37% who don’t.

And 41% of his sup­port­ers would favor bomb­ing Agrabah to only 9% who are opposed to doing that. Agrabah is the coun­try from Aladdin. Over­all 30% of Repub­li­can pri­ma­ry vot­ers say they sup­port bomb­ing it to 13% who are opposed. We asked the same ques­tion of Democ­rats, and 36% of them opposed bomb­ing Agrabah to 19% in support.

The word dis­turbed does­n’t even begin to describe how I felt after hear­ing about these find­ings. Ugh. Neo-fas­cism and igno­rance are alive and well in Amer­i­ca. There is a lot of work that needs doing to change that… a lot of work indeed.

About the author

Andrew Villeneuve is the founder and executive director of the Northwest Progressive Institute, as well as the founder of NPI's sibling, the Northwest Progressive Foundation. He has worked to advance progressive causes for over two decades as a strategist, speaker, author, and organizer. Andrew is also a cybersecurity expert, a veteran facilitator, a delegate to the Washington State Democratic Central Committee, and a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps.

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