Conservatives, Liberals View World Very Differently
A new poll by ABC News/Fusion has found huge gaps in the way conservatives and liberals view basic social issues like race, gender, and religion. As it turns out, perhaps the deadlock in Congress is very representative of the stark differences in the way the people who vote view the world.
The poll found that just 5 percent of Republicans believe electing more nonwhites to Congress would be a good thing and, not surprisingly, just 10 percent of nonwhites identified themselves as Republican. Just 25 percent of Republicans believe that nonwhites have fewer opportunities than whites in society compared with 56 percent of Democrats and 62 percent of liberals.
In another startling number, just 23 percent of Republicans believe to that electing more women to Congress would be a good thing compared with 60 percent of Democrats. Just 35 percent of conservatives believe women have fewer opportunities than men in the workplace compared with 76 percent of liberals.
On immigration, 77 percent of liberals support legal status for undocumented immigrants compared with 32 percent of conservatives.
Although these differences are hardly new, they say a lot about the people who elected the do-nothing Congress. Especially Republicans. With just 5 percent of the GOP believing diversity in the government would be a good thing, it’s no surprise that black and Hispanic membership is near all-time lows.
Of course, this only scratches the surface in the differences between the way liberals and conservatives view the world. Another recent poll found that 36 percent of Republicans don’t believe Obama was born in the US and another 22 percent said they weren’t sure. Just 36 percent of Republicans believe that Obama doesn’t hate white people and 39 percent believe he should be impeached. A mere 7 percent support gay marriage. Meanwhile, 31 percent thing contraception should be banned.
When viewed by the entire country, the actions of the Republicans in Congress seem counterproductive and out there. It appears, however, that the Republicans in Congress are doing a fairly good job of representing the people who voted for them. Even if that means alienating the rest of the country.