Republicans Actually DO Like Obama’s Ideas…When They Think They’re Trump’s: Poll (IMAGES)

Are you aware that Republicans like President Obama’s and other Democratic leaders’ ideas? Neither are they — but they sure love them when they are attributed to racist 2016 GOP frontrunner Donald Trump. As it turns out, the Right functions as nothing but a personality cult. The actual idea does not matter, so much as whose idea it is.

A recent HuffPost/YouGov poll reveals that Americans in general tend to rely largely on partisan loyalty rather than actual information about the issue to some degree, though this divide seems to exist more heavily among Republicans.

For instance, asked about universal health care, 82 percent of Democrats and 16 percent of Republicans agreed it is a good idea when told it was President Obama’s. When respondents were informed that Donald Trump was the source of the information, however, those numbers changed drastically. Democratic support dropped to 46 percent (down 36 points), while Republicans support  rose 28 points to 44 percent.

Technically, both the President and Trump have expressed support for universal health care. Obama has spoken of his support numerous times and, while Trump’s positions seem to have shifted with the skin color of the president, the billionaire has also expressed support for universal health care in the past.

HuffPost/YouGov poll question regarding universal health care

HuffPost/YouGov poll question regarding universal health care

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In this case, Democrats also seemed to shift their opinion based on who they thought was saying it — but on other issues Democrats’ support of ideas remained similar no matter whose idea it was, while Republicans’ stance shifted wildly because of the source of the idea.

Both Trump and Obama have expressed support for Affirmative Action, as well — though Trump’s was more of a “meh, sure, fine, whatever” than anything else. Informed that it was President Obama’s idea, 64 percent of Democrats offered support while only 15 percent of Republicans did. With Trump as the source, Republican support rose (and Democratic support dropped) by almost equal numbers, with Republican backing rising to 33 percent and Democratic dropping to 45.

HuffPost/YouGov poll question regarding Affirmative Action

HuffPost/YouGov poll question regarding Affirmative Action

On other issues, like the Iran deal, Democratic support remained similar no matter who expressed support. Told that Secretary of State John Kerry supports keeping the Iran deal intact — a completely true statement — 52 percent of Democrats agreed, while 20 percent of Republicans sided with Kerry. Presented as Trump’s statement — true to the degree that he wants to “police that contract so tough that they [Iran] don’t have a chance” to renege” on the deal — the statement maintained strong Democratic support at 54 percent. However, Republican support of Trump’s revolutionary stance that we should maintain the deal (and peace) with Iran grew to 53 percent — a 33 percent rise on an issue that typically draws as much Republican support as the Voting Rights Act.

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HuffPost/YouGov poll question regarding the Iran nuclear deal.

Social Security is an issue that typically draws high support from Democrats, and moderate support from Republicans, but when the idea of protecting social security from budget cuts is presented as Hillary Clinton’s idea, only 57 percent of Republicans support it. As Trump’s idea, though, that support rises to 74 percent. Among Democrats, not much changes, with only a 4 percent drop from Clinton to Trump (88 to 84 percent).

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HuffPost/YouGov poll question regarding Social Security

This data suggests that humans of any persuasion are swayed by whether or not someone they like supports or opposes an idea, but Republicans rely more on the person than the facts when forming an opinion.

In 2013, a HuffPost/YouGov poll told respondents that President Obama/Republicans support a repeal of the 1975 Public Affairs Act, which does not exist. Astoundingly, Republicans were more much more likely to disagree with the President than were Democrats. When told “some people say” it should be repealed, 6 percent of Democrats and 11 percent of Republicans agreed.

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HuffPost/YouGov poll regarding a fictional Act

However, when they heard that Obama wants to do it, Republicans were suddenly against the idea, with 39 percent disagreeing with the President — a 35 percent rise over the original 4 percent against the idea.

Hearing that Republicans wanted to repeal the fictional piece of legislation had a similar, albeit more limited impact on Democrats, 28 percent of whom disagreed — a 19 percent rise over the original 9 percent. Only four percent of Republicans disagreed, unchanged from the answer when “some said” it should be repealed.

HuffPost/YouGov poll regarding a fictional Act

HuffPost/YouGov poll regarding a fictional Act

One thing that we should learn from this is that it is important to pay close attention to the details of an idea rather than the person supporting or opposing it.


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