Republicans Call Obama A Greater Threat To America Than Putin And Assad (VIDEO)

President Barack Obama poses an imminent threat to the United States greater than Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, say a third of Republicans responding to a Reuters/Ipsos poll this month.

2,809 Americans were asked to rate the threat level posed to the U.S. by several countries, organizations and individuals on a scale of 1 to 5 (one being no threat and 5 being an imminent threat).

There were some bizarre results.

34% of Republicans ranked Obama as an imminent threat to America (equal to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un) – scoring him higher than Putin (25%), Assad (23%) and Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini (27%).

While Putin’s Russia has been accused of annexing the Ukraine, and Assad stands accused of using chlorine gas against his own people, GOP voters see a greater threat coming from the Obama White House.

The only things Republicans found scarier than Obama were Islamic State (58%) and Al Qaeda (43%).

Predictably, while 33% of Democrats consider climate change an imminent threat, 27% of Republicans claimed it was no threat at all.

The fact that Republicans view a black man in the White House, Equal Marriage, and the expansion of healthcare provision more terrifying than irreversible climate change, makes the final result of the poll even more surprising.

Republicans are still more scared of Democrats than Democrats are afraid of Republicans.

A whopping 27% of Republicans see the Democratic Party as an imminent threat to the United States, versus 22% of Democrats asked the same question of Republicans.

The findings of the poll reflect the dangers of polarization in U.S. politics identified by Pew Research in the Summer of 2014. In the largest political survey in its history – a poll of more than 10,000 adults between January and March of that year – Pew found that:

Republicans and Democrats are further apart ideologically than at any point in recent history. Growing numbers of Republicans and Democrats express highly negative views of the opposing party. And to a considerable degree, polarization is reflected in the personal lives and lifestyles of those on both the right and left.

Learn more about the polarization of U.S. politics in the video below:

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