There’s just no sugarcoating it. Either this is a very poorly built sample group, or… something.
Set aside the near-plurality that think the President is a Muslim (although they split over whether he’s “practicing” or not). There are, believe it or not, deeper problems, like the two — two voters!! — who say the President’s true “religious belief” is “liberalism,” the “most intolerant religion of all,” an assertion that is definitionally false. And the guy who’s convinced that Obama’s desire to “mak[e] [Egypt] into a republic” is incompatible with his exhortations to “democracy” (“He doesn’t know what a ‘republic’ is!”). Idiocy.
As we’ve explained before, the incompatibility of “republicanism” with “democracy” is a view that Glenn Beck’s inculcated into his viewers, for some such reason, probably to equate the Democratic Party with some desire for the chaos of direct democracy, directly applied. I’ve even gotten comments about this site’s subtitle, which, I was told, indicates a subversive desire to build democracy in a constitutional republic like America. How dare I! Apparently the Tocqueville reference is lost on some. To set the record straight, in modern parlance, even in political science (cf. Arend-effing-Lijphart), a democratic republic may appropriately be described in shorthand as a democracy, or as a republic. “Democracy,” as a term of art meaning only direct democracy à la Athens, is archaic, but the kind of usage you’d expect from the unserious historical fanboys populating the populist right.
Anyways, the point. Panels like this will pick the next Republican nominee. I like Obama’s chances.