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Archive for February 4, 2010

Research 2000 Poll: What Republicans Believe/Iowa

Research 2000 Poll: What Republicans Believe

“Today's poll about Republicans was like a Margaret Mead study; except she studied more advanced tribes.”  [found on OTOOLEFAN's Twitter feed]

This week, a Research 2000 poll commissioned by Dailykos, revealed that the GOP of today, the party of “no,” is scarily stuck in the past.  2,003 self-identified Republicans (actually, quite a large sample size for a political poll), were randomly selected by the last four phone digits, and interviewed over the phone. 

here to read the entire poll and methodology.

Here is some of what the polling found:

A full sixty-eight percent of Republicans polled said 'yes' or were 'not sure' to the question, “Should Barack Obama be impeached or not?”  (39% 'yes'/29% 'not sure').  

Fifty-eight percent (more than half!) said 'no' (36%) or 'not sure' (22%) to the question, “Do you
believe Barack Obama was born in the United States or not?

Almost a quarter of respondents said they believe Barack Obama wants the terrorists to win (24%).  Thirty-three percent were not sure (God bless this subset of independent-minded Republicans…).

Only fourteen percent of Republicans, according to this poll, believe that Barack Obama is more qualified to be President than Sarah Palin (!)  In a way, this seems the most preposterous of all the results.  GOP, as long as we've got your attention, here are the facts:

Sarah Palin's resume: a Bachelor's degree earned via five different schools (not that there's anything wrong with that); mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, (a town about the size of Marshalltown); and an incomplete, ethics-violation-riddled term as Governor of Alaska.  Oh yes, a book with five (long) chapters that her own PAC spent $60,000 buying copies of, and that are being handed back out to donors in exchange for more PAC contributions.
President Obama's resume:  U.S. Senator 2005-2008 (resigned to take job as President); served three terms in the Illinois senate; graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School (magna cum laude), and was editor and first black president of Harvard Law Review; a Constitutional Law professor at the University of Chicago Law School for twelve years; a civil rights attorney; community organizer; also authored two books, that actually take time to read and are interesting.
To give the GOP some credit, more than a third, thirty-six percent, answered 'no' to the question, “Do you believe Barack Obama is a racist who hates white people?”   But of course that leaves sixty-four percent who answered 'yes' (31%) or 'not sure' (33%).  

And we'll give credit where credit is due, fifty-eight percent of Republicans do NOT want their state to secede from the union, leaving forty-two percent who either do want to secede (23%) or are not sure (19%).

Republicans apparently are very solid in their belief that Congress should not make it easier for workers to form and join labor unions.  Check out this number: sixty-eight percent said 'no.'  Another twenty-five percent 'not sure.'  
The GOP respondents overwhelmingly believe same sex couples should NOT be allowed to marry (77% no/7% yes/16% not sure).

They (coincidence?) equally believe public school students should be taught that the book of Genesis in the Bible explains how God created the world.  (77% yes/15% no/8% not sure)

Thirty-one percent of the respondents said contraceptives should be outlawed.

Thirty-four percent believe the birth control pill is abortion.

Seventy-six percent believe abortion to be murder (statistically speaking, even if these last two groups did not overlap at all, which would be highly unlikely, that leaves at least 10% who believe that taking birth control pills is murder).

Now that we know what Republicans believe, one naturally moves to the next head-scratching quandary.

Q:  Where do they get these ideas?

This one's easy.

A:  (1) Fox News; and (2) Talk Radio 

We should not be surprised by the results of this poll.  How could it be otherwise?  Fox News has been propagandizing for – we don't know, but it seems like a really, really long time, at least since the Clinton years.  And Limbaugh goes back at least that far.  When Ronald Reagan got rid of the Fairness Doctrine, it allowed right-wing media to flourish, well financed, and unrestrained by the guidelines of journalistic balance and public interest.

Fact:  Ninety-one percent of talk radio today is conservative – not because the public wants it this way, but because of the orchestrated effort and infusion of money by the conservative right.  BFIA has posted on this issue until we are blue in the face.  Please check out our posts on this topic, then consider making a commitment to doing something locally about media reform.  We promise you there is an AM station in your listening area that airs exclusively conservative talk with no progressive programming for balance.  See BFIA ACTION ALERT below the links.

Click on these links to access BFIA Archived posts:

'Shock Jocks on the Radio Airwaves in Iowa'
Glenn Beck Sells Snake Oil to Unsuspecting Iowans
A Step in the Correct Direction for Talk Radio in Iowa
Current State of Talk Radio in Iowa a Crime
Are Iowans Being Brainwashed by Fox News?
Support the Fallon Forum, Iowa's Progressive Talk Radio
Congress, FCC Abandon Citizens: Appeal to Rupert Murdoch Our Only Hope
Future of Conservative Talk Radio
Extreme Right Watch in Iowa: WHO Radio's Steve Deace and Friends on Rachel Maddow
Conservative Talk Radio – How Much is Too Much?
Obama's Radio Address: Why Can't We Get It Here?
Iowa Congressmen Support Local Community Radio Act (HR1147)
Most Outrageous Available on Iowa Stations
Study: Localism Key to Correcting Conservative Talk Radio Imbalance
Iowa Civility Gains Foothold Against Right Wing 'Shock Jocks'
Our Second Priority: Media Reform
Help Take Back the Media
Media Reform Activist Toolkit
Media Reform Conference Sessions Now Online

Iowa Media Reform Group v Sinclair Broadcasting
Keith Olbermann Calls For Media Reform In Special Comment
Media Reform to be National Priority
Bog Krause Talks to BFIA about Health Care, Media Reform, and RAGBRAI
A Whole 'Nother Approach to Media Reform
Obama's Radio Address: Why Can't We Get it Here?
Iowan on FCC Reform Panel to Advise Obama Transition Team

…and on and on


If you live in any of these ten broadcast areas, please consider calling or e-mailing your local station. Or stop by the station and tell them you would like to examine their public inspection file.  Tell them you want BALANCED programming that serves the whole community, NOT exclusively right wing talk.  Remind them the broadcast airwaves are publicly owned.  If they do not listen, click here to file a complaint with the FCC.

Burlington Talk Radio KCPS
KCPS 1150
205 S. Gear Avenue
W. Burlington, Iowa 52655  
Phone (319) 754-6698
Glenn Beck, 9-11a; Limbaugh 11a-2p;Dennis Miller 2-5p; O'reilly 5-6p; Michael Savage 7-9p;

Cedar Rapids WMT 600
600 Old Marion Road
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Phone: 319-365-0600
Toll free: 800-332-5401
*600 on your US Cellular Phone
Limbaugh 1p-4p; Jim Bohannon 9p-12a

KXIC Iowa City 800 AM
(319) 354-9500 /866-609-TALK (8-2-5-5)/
Hannity, Dennis Miller,
WOC Quad Cities
1420 AM
Limbaugh 11a-2p; Hannity 6-9p;Dennis Miller 9-12a;
Des Moines WHO Radio
 1040 AM
2141 Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50312
Phone: 515-245-8900,  Program Director, General Manager
Jan Mickelson,9a-11:30;Limbaugh 1-4p;Steve Deace 4-7p;Michael Medved 9-10p;Michael Reagan 10p-1a; Jim Bohannon 4-5a.

Dubuque WDBQ(no website)
1490 AM
5490 Saratoga Road Dubuque
Phone: (563) 557-1040
Limbaugh 11a-2p
Estherville KILR          
1070 AM (no website)
Phone: 712-362-2644
Limbaugh 11a-2p
Mason City  KGLO
AM 1300
341 S Yorktown Pike
Mason City, IA 50401
(641) 423-1300
Tim Fleming,
Brian Fancher,
Limbaugh 1p-4p M-F
Sheldon KIWA  (has advertiser list on website!)
1550 AM
411 9th Street
Sheldon, IA 51201
Phone: 712-324-5377
E-mail: Walt Pruiksma, Station Mgr., at (good luck…there is a picture on the website of Walt with Bush)
E-mail:  Wayne Barahona, Program Director, at
Limbaugh 11a-2p; Hannity 2-5p; L & H Saturdays also

Sioux City KSCJ
2000 Indian Hills Dr
Sioux City, IA 51104
(712) 239-2100
Limbaugh, 11a-2p; Hannity, O'Reilly, Glenn Beck, Dennis Miller, Bohannon

Waterloo KXEL
 AM 1540
514 Jefferson Street
Waterloo, IA  50701
General Manager:  Tim Mathews
Phone:  319-234-2200 or 800-584-7024
Coverage Area:  Waterloo-Cedar Falls-Cedar Rapids-Iowa City
5-6a Jim Bohannon; 8-11a Glenn Beck; 11a-2p Limbaugh; 2-5p Hannity