If this doesn’t terrify you about the amount of misinformation and sheer ignorance in this country, I’m not sure what will. A recent poll done by Public Policy Polling found that 29% of respondents in Louisiana blamed President Obama for the poor response following Hurricane Katrina.
How many blamed President Bush? Less than those who blamed President Obama. Only 28% of those polled blamed Bush for the terrible response by our federal government following Hurricane Katrina.
And possibly just as sad, 44% said they weren’t sure who to blame.
No, this isn’t satire.
A quick refresher course since it’s obviously needed — Hurricane Katrina happened three years before Barack Obama became President!
Let’s just look at the question and numbers:
Who do you think was more responsible for the poor response to Hurricane Katrina: George W. Bush or Barack Obama?
George W. Bush: 28%
Barack Obama: 29%
Not sure: 44%
It’s absolutely ridiculous for anyone to blame President Obama for the response organized nearly an entire presidential term before he ever took his oath of office.
Now some might dismiss the poll because it was done by PPP, which does lean left. However, when you look at the poll numbers themselves, the vast majority of respondents (82% to be exact) identified themselves as conservative. Which does makes sense because the poll was targeting probable Republican primary voters.
Which only highlights just how incompetent many Republicans truly are.
Because it’s one thing to not understand which branch of government is in charge of what, or even how a Constitutional Amendment is passed, but to blame a President for something that happened three years before he ever took office more so than you do the actual President that oversaw the botched relief efforts, that’s not even insanity—it’s stupidity.
Then like I said, it’s equally as sad that almost half of the respondents didn’t even know who to blame. That means, when you factor in the 29% who blamed President Obama, a whopping 73% of the Republicans polled in Louisiana weren’t aware of who the President was in 2005.
That’s a terrifying statistic.
It would be one thing if this poll targeted information such as the health care law or our national debt, two items that are clouded in mystery thanks to right-wing rhetoric, but it didn’t.
It asked a very basic, indisputable question and 73% of those Republicans polled said they either didn’t know who to blame, or they blamed a man who wouldn’t even become President until over 3 years after the devastating hurricane.
Then again, many Republicans actually blame President Obama for our economic collapse. But at least that batch of misinformation is derived from an event that happened only about a year before he become President—not three years.
So they’re a little closer — but still completely, utterly, embarrassingly and horribly wrong.