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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.

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  • I suspect the man with the sign is a plant. It is professionally produced but there is only one on show. Republicans would ask him to take it down very quickly.

    • bluetune

      Yeah and it is spelled correctly…….Republicans/Tea Party members have exhibited far worse signs……Lynch Obama….Go back to Kenya…..I find your statement factually lacking.

    • MissNormaDesmond

      Which Republicans would those be? Did you actually read the article you’re posting on?

    • Octoberfurst

      Total nonsense! I have seen worse at Tea Party rallies and no one says a thing. They all think it is true.

  • awake108

    I wished the survey had asked about compromise. My bet is that there is a huge gap between liberals and conservatives and that will lead to violence ultimately Unless the sides compromise democracy can’t succeed

    • MissNormaDesmond

      How should we compromise? What are the amounts of sexism, racism, and homophobia we should be willing to accept in order to calm the fears of irrational people who are more interested in their paranoia than the welfare of their country?

      • Lucy Nielsen

        And, republicans WILL NOT compromise, they can’t even say the word…all they’ve done is obstruct what the President has put out, saying NO…they call the the “DO NOTHING CONGRESS” with a 5% poll rating. They said that they would not lift a finger for this President….so how can either Party get anything done.

  • Barbara Patch

    In reference to the last statement in the article that Republican representatives in Congress represent those who elected them: The problem is that upon election it is incumbent upon the person elected to office to represent his or her entire constituency, including those who did not vote for her or him. Clearly, representing only those who voted for the representative, is not doing the job.