Consider The 2010 Comprehensive Daily Kos/Research 2000 Poll of Self-Identified Republicans paid for by Daily Kos and conducted by Research 2000.
In reading these quite horrifying numbers, I think it's important to note that recent polls suggest that the ratio of self-identified Republicans is at a low ebb: maybe as low as 20%
So when you read that 63% of respondents think President Obama — who often looks like a Rockefeller Republican to me — is a socialist, that could be as low as 14% of the voting population as a whole.
But as Kos notes, these numbers matter because they set the tone for the obstructionism of the elected officials in the GOP — they have to survive primaries in which these folks are the ones most likely to vote.
So, a majority of the resondents either agreed with or were not sure about each of the following statetments:
- Obama was born abroad
- Obama 'wants the terrorists to win'
- Sarah Palin is more qualified to be President than Barack Obama
- ACORN stole the 2008 election
- Barack Obama is a racist who hates White people
Only a large minority, though, would go along with this:
Do you believe your state should secede from the United States
Not Sure 19