Sunday 18 February 2024

Elitist one-percenters behind brewing cultural civil war in America

 For the most part, Americans are middle-of-the-road when it comes to political hot button issues. The vast majority are the opposite of radical, taking a sensible approach that leaves room for conflicting points of view, but then there are the elitist one-percenters who are radicalizing everything and steering the country off a cliff.

Pollster Scott Rasmussen recently uncovered a fascinating tidbit stemming from his own surveys about what the major driving forces are behind the destructive radicalism in the United States that is ushering the nation into a cultural civil war.

Every week, Rasmussen conducts two national surveys, usually involving around 1,000 respondents. He and his team observed that with each survey, there are always about three or four super radicals who push the most divisive ideology, all of them rich and "educated."

"The radical responses came from people who had graduate degrees (not just graduate studies), family incomes above $150,000 a year, and lived in large cities (more than 10,000 people per zip code)," writes Newt Gingrich for Real Clear Wire.

"When Rasmussen aggregated the responses from more than 20 surveys, he realized these people made up a unique elite 1 percent."

 Rich elitists love Biden

To probe the matter further, Rasmussen and his team concocted a survey specifically designed to root out more of these radicals, asking respondents to rate President Biden's performance. While generally speaking Biden holds around a 41 percent approval rating, the aforementioned rich, elitist one-percenters gave Biden an 82 percent approval rating.

Many of these wealthy one-percenters are surprisingly young, with 67 percent being between 35 and 54 years old. Eighty-six percent of them have fair skin and are classified as "white."

Nearly half of this group, around 47 percent, favors "Sanders-like policies," meaning the democratic socialism platform of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. And, as you might expect, around three in four from this rich elitist group are registered Democrats.

Another thing these rich elitists seem to abhor is freedom. While 57 percent of America in general now agrees that there is no longer enough individual freedom afforded to Americans, nearly half, or 47 percent, of rich elitists say there is too much freedom, and that individual liberty must be scaled back dramatically.

"If you ask the section of the group that is politically obsessed (people who talk politics every day), 69 percent say there is too much individual freedom in America," Gingrich notes.

"Given this, it's not surprising that the elite 1 percent have great faith in government. Some 70 percent trust government to do the right thing most of the time."

Perhaps the most disturbing finding in Rasmussen's investigatory survey pertains to free and fair elections. A shocking 35 percent of rich elitists, and 69 percent of politically obsessed rich elitists, admitted that they would rather cheat than lose an election.

"Among average Americans, 93 percent reject cheating and accept defeat in an honest election," Gingrich further notes. "Only seven percent reported they would cheat."

"While only six percent of most voters have a very favorable opinion of members of Congress, 69 percent of the elite 1 percent have a very favorable view (this is almost unimaginable). While 10 percent of all voters have a favorable view of journalists, the elite 1 percent really like them (71 percent favorable). While 17 percent of all voters have a favorable view of college professors, the elite 1 percent just love them (76 percent). This tracks, because many of the elite one percent may be college professors."

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