What Republicans Think About Gays, Contraception & Women


Markos Moulitsas over at Daily Kos has just released the
results of a poll he had conducted by Research 2000 of over
2,000 self-identified Republicans.

The poll contains lots of interesting
information about what "self-identified" Republicans apparently think (or are
willing to cop to in a telephone poll). Apparently 23 percent think their state
should secede from the union! Didn’t
we try that already?

But in other interesting topics covered in the poll:

Republicans on Gay
issues

Should openly gay men and women be allowed to serve in the
military?

Yes 26
No 55
Not Sure 19

Should same sex couples be allowed to marry?

Yes 7
No 77
Not Sure 16

Should gay couples receive any state or federal benefits?

Yes 11
No 68
Not Sure 21

Should openly gay men and women be allowed to teach in public
schools?

Yes 8
No 73
Not Sure 19

Only 8 percent of Republicans think gays should be allowed
to teach in public schools? I’m now wondering what the response would have been if
the question was "Should being gay become illegal, should the death penalty be
imposed for it
?" Would it also be plus or minus 8 percent?

Republicans: Birth Control = abortion = murder

Apparently there is also some major confusion by Republicans
about contraception being the same as an abortion (which they are also
against).

Should contraceptive use be outlawed?

Yes 31
No 56
Not Sure 13

Do you believe the birth control pill is abortion?

Yes 34
No 48
Not Sure 18

Do you consider abortion to be murder?

Yes 76
No 8
Not Sure 16

So while 31 percent believe that contraception should be
outlawed (I’d love to see them try that as a campaign platform) it’s possible
that it’s the same percentage that also considers birth control is abortion.

Anyway let’s be grateful for small favors. At least 86
percent of Republicans think women should work outside the home and only 13
percent think "men are leaders of their household."

As Kos says somewhere "Phyllis Schlafly is crying."

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  • itsyourfaultimfat

    This is news…why? These are the things Republicans stand for today, they are what seperate Republicans from Democrats. I like to think they are also what seperate insane from sane, human from monster, etc. but I guess things like facts and logic do not carry much weight these days.

    "According to Republicans insanity and stupidity are saintly."-Guyhoo Seestuff

  • beenthere72

    I’m amazed at the numbers for the pill = abortion question. even more amazing is looking at the poll numbers, the number of women that answered that question ‘yes’ is so close to the number of men.

  • crowepps

    I like to think they are also what seperate insane from sane, human from monster, etc.

    It is possible to have different opinions, even on these subjects, without one side being ‘sane humans’ and the other side being ‘insane monsters’.  This degree of polarization isn’t that much different from the good old days when only people of one’s own tribe ‘deserved’ to live.

  • crowepps

    It’s pretty stunning that such a large number of people have absolutely no grasp of the facts of reproduction and how pregnancy works or how hormonal birth control works (and fails to work).  But then the proportion who believes in homeopathy and crystal healing and spirit surgery and lots of other bogus quasi-medical procedures is pretty high as well.  Science education in this country is just dismal.