On the heels of the new “Bible” series sporting an Obama look-alike as ole Beezelbub, we have a new PPP survey indicating that “13% of voters think Barack Obama is the anti-Christ, including 22% of Romney voters.” (for more on the demonic Obama meme in ‘The Bible’, see our staff post here) In his Washington Monthly post “666 Pennsylvania Avenue,” Ed Kilgore highlights the lunacy:
This is a national poll, mind you, not a straw poll at some conservative evangelical clambake. Its margin-of-error is 2.8%. Extrapolated to the national electorate, it suggests that over 13 million Americans believe the President of the United States is a demonic supernatural being sent into the world to set up an infernal kingdom until it’s all washed away by the End of Days.
Now I understand all the limitations of this kind of polling. The Anti-Christ question is sprinkled in with all sorts of crazy questions about this or that odd theory (my favorite is: Do you believe that shape-shifting reptilian people control our world and gaining political power to manipulate our societies, or not? 4% of respondents are down with the “V hypothesis,” though the number rises to 11% among those self-identifying as “very conservative.”). Many Romney voters would be inclined to agree with anything negative said about Obama.
Still, the Anti-Christ?
In an update note, Kilgore notes that another 19 percent of Romney voters are unsure about the anti-Christ meme, which should dispel any hopes that the GOP’s right flank is at last ready to pivot towards sanity. As Kilgore concludes, “Any way you slice it, when progressives suggest on occasion that conservatives talk about Obama as though he were the Anti-Christ, it’s not all hyperbole.”