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Republicans: Still the White People’s Party

If the Glenn Beck Restoring Honor (while lying) Rally was a surprise (!) for it’s lack of melanin (or required sun-screen, or racially taxed Americans), well then here is a poll taken by one of the more respected agencies:

Republicans Remain Disproportionately White and Religious

You don’t say.  I don’t think I needed a poll to tell me that.

About 9 out of 10 Republicans are non-Hispanic whites, and more than half of these are highly religious. That compares with 62% of the Democratic rank-and-file that is white and largely less religious, with blacks and Hispanics making up a much more substantial part of that party’s base.

These results are based on aggregated data from more than 220,000 Americans surveyed from early January through Aug. 15 of this year as part of Gallup Daily tracking.

I saw Donald Trump on Letterman tonight.  He’s really an idiot with money and a teevee show.  Our country is definitely not a meritocracy.  He thinks China produces more than the U.S.  It’s not true and never has been, but the people in the Gallup poll above are steadily helping China move up the producing country ranks by buying all their worthless shit from China.

I found Trump disconcerting.  He would look at one particular camera almost exclusively, giving Letterman the occasional glance, even when they switched to a different camera.  Perhaps he learned to do that at a motivational seminar or thought he was on his own teevee show.  I don’t know.  It was weird.

Later he got into the non-trovercy about the YMMA to be built in NYC.  He walks by the proposed site all the time and sees mothers and fathers and sons and daughters crying.  I tend not to believe that (the walking part).  According to The Donald, we here in the U.S.A. have freedom of religion BUT.

Why the BUT?

Oh, and one other point — I like how Gallup slipped in that “disproportionately.”  I also like that I’m in the proportionate party :)

But Rasmussen is a Legitimate Polling Organization!

Back in the day, I checked Rasmussen every day for Bush’s job approval rating.  It updated just before my classes were over each day.  There was always this long and knowing explanation for how they looked at their three night robocall results and were better than other pollsters because they gave respondents the choice of “somewhat” approve or disapprove.  This allowed them to keep Bush’s approval ratings around 40% until The Surge started with its carnage.

(Sidenote — I think my neighbor is trying to blow something up tonight.  Whatever he’s got running — I don’t think it’s the leaf-blower — sounds like it is about to explode.  Hopefully I won’t have to cal 911 tonight.)

Anyway, Rasmussen has decided that all that is old school and now it just subtracts the strongly disapprove from the strongly approve for a “Presidential Approval Index“.  You can look for numbers similar to the ones they compiled for Bush, but good luck with that.

Can’t they just be honest?