- 57% of Republicans still believe Obama is a Muslim. (Ironic, given that he actually may be a closet atheist.)
- 45% of Republicans still believe Obama wasn't born in the United States, even though the State of Hawaii produced his official birth certificate, and a notice of his birth was published in the newspaper.
- 24% of Republicans think Obama is the antichrist. (Do they even know what an antichrist is?)
How can people believe this utter nonsense in the face of clear and compelling facts?
I'd be willing to bet that the the fraction of Republicans who believe this drivel are the same ones who were raised in fundamentalist, evangelical churches. To them, believing in things that can't be true is just part of daily life. They're taught at an early age to reject rational thinking, and instead to rely on faith and on authority. They're taught to believe in miracles. Their most-revered figure is a God who is confusing, irrational, and both loving and vengeful at the same time. They're taught that they're sinners from the day they were born, and whenever something bad happens, it's somehow their own fault. They're taught that pride in their accomplishments is shameful, that sex is dirty, and that feeling abject about oneself and asking for forgiveness is good.
With this as one's educational foundation, is it any wonder that people can't think for themselves, and can't tell the truth from fiction?
I guess what the Democratic party needs is a bunch of equally-implausible conspiracy theories. Otherwise, they'll never be able to tap into this demographic group.