Shock Poll Involving Republicans View of Obama Not So Shocking

Our Take!

At face value, this headline gives the impression that republicans are exaggerating their fear of President Obama. Reading through the article, however, the facts are not as outlandish as the first impression suggests. While Putin and Assad are clearly more villainous than Obama, the question asks who poses the most imminent threat to the United States. Now, its possible Syria and Russia could declare war on the United States, most people see this as unlikely. President Obama, on the other hand, could radically change policies and laws with the stroke of a pen. Furthermore, highlighting the lack of shock value in this article, 27% of Republicans saw Democrats as a threat, while 22% of Democrats saw Republicans as a threat. Taking in the margin of error in a poll of less than 3,000, these percentages are virtually identical.

By Roberta Rampton

(Reuters) – A third of Republicans believe President Barack Obama poses an imminent threat to the United States, outranking concerns about Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

A Reuters/Ipsos online poll this month asked 2,809 Americans to rate how much of a threat a list of countries, organizations and individuals posed to the United States on a scale of 1 to 5, with one being no threat and 5 being an imminent threat.


The poll showed 34 percent of Republicans ranked Obama as an imminent threat, ahead of Putin (25 percent), who has been accused of aggression in the Ukraine, and Assad (23 percent)…