1 in 12 in NJ think Obama is anti-Christ

Stroll through a mall in the Garden State and see dozens of Obama-is-anti-Christers!

Published September 17, 2009 8:17PM (EDT)

Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Public Policy Polling has some frightening news:

We've been uncovering a remarkable level of anger toward Barack Obama in a lot of our recent polling so for New Jersey we decided to go a step further in determining how extreme some people's feelings are about the President and asked respondents if they think he is the Anti-Christ.

8% said yes. 13% aren't sure. Among Republicans 14% said yes and 15% weren't sure.

Pretty eye popping numbers. The extent to which some people already hate Obama is amazing. We'll test that question nationally this weekend.

Testing it nationally over the weekend? That means by Monday or Tuesday we'll know what share of the country thinks Barack Hussein Obama, the President of the United States of America, is . . . the anti-Christ!

Not a liberal. Not anti-American. Not a Muslim or even an atheist. But the anti-Christ.

And New Jersey, mind you, is a pretty liberal state. Obama carried the Garden State by 15 points, twice his national margin. The share nationally could be 10 percent. (The poll sample will undoubtedly be too small to draw any state-by-state conclusions.)

Doesn't it seem preposterous that when you walk through the mall or down the street, or sit in a movie theater or restaurant, it's quite possible that one in every ten adults around you believes the president is the anti-Christ?

By Thomas Schaller

Thomas F. Schaller is professor of political science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the author of "Whistling Past Dixie: How Democrats Can Win Without the South." Follow him @schaller67.

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