Rachel Maddow got hold of some new polling for the GOP primary.
While the findings at the top of the poll are what we’ve come to expect from the Republican field – Donald Trump and Ben Carson securing the top spots – what is more surprising is to find Beltway-favored candidates Chris Christie and Rand Paul floundering at the bottom with barely any support.
The poll also shows the tea party character of the Republican Party, with strong birther views and a dubious grasp of some key facts about President Obama and Senator Ted Cruz.
For instance, when asked if they believe President Obama is a Christian, a Muslim, or “not sure,” Republicans answered 54% Muslim, 14% Christian, 32% Not Sure. (Spoiler alert: the president is a Christian.)
When asked if President Obama was born in the United States, 29% said he was. When asked the same about Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), 40% said yes, Sen. Cruz was born in the United States. In fact, President Obama was born in the United States. Sen. Cruz was born in Canada.
The question for the candidates then becomes: Why would you want anyone that stupid voting for you?