A recent poll found that 9 percent of Americans find it “acceptable” for people to hold neo-Nazi or white supremacist views.
Conducted Aug. 16 to 20, the Washington Post-ABC News poll used a random national sample of 1,014 adults reached by telephone. The survey asked if respondents approved or disapproved of President Donald Trump’s job performance and response to the violence in Charlottesville. In the last question, participants were asked, “Do you yourself think it’s acceptable or unacceptable to hold neo-Nazi or white supremacist views?”
This week on “Pat & Stu,” Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere looked at the poll and analyzed the odd wording of that question, which asked whether or not holding those views is “acceptable,” not if respondents themselves held those views.
“If you instead translate that question to say, ‘First Amendment,’ ‘accept them in our country,’ ‘do they have the same rights as everybody else?’ … Yes to that,” Stu pointed out. “’Acceptable’ is a very weird way to say that.”
He noted that a small percentage in any survey could represent pranksters as well as the few people who hold the strange beliefs. In comparison, a 1999 Gallup poll found that 6 percent of Americans believe that the moon landing was fake.