Birthers: “Global warming a bunch of hooey” and “Why would we want to travel abroad when those furerners probably don’t speak English there, anyway?”
The Huffington Post ran a story today about Birthers, based on Hunch data.
Here’s the background:
About 2,200 Hunch users answered the following question:
“Do you believe that President Obama was born in the US?”
> Yes, those trying to question that should get a life
> No, there’s a left wing conspiracy to hide the truth
** update: April 28, 2011: most of the questions below have now been answered by 10,000+ Hunch users
It turns out that 12% of Hunch users answering that question are “Birthers” and believe that left wingers are indeed covering up the truth about Obama’s citizenship or birth.
We thought it might be interesting to look at how these users, as an anonymous group, answered other THAY questions on Hunch. Here’s what we found when comparing Birthers to Hunch users who think Obama’s birth creds are legit:
* They’re 24% more likely to speak only a single language
* They performed significantly worse in high school
* They are 94% more likely to say that cultural activities are not important to them
* They are 32% more likely to enjoy “looking at the pictures” in magazines rather than “reading the articles”
* They are 33% more likely to say that crossword puzzles are “painful”
* 1/3 of them didn’t vote in the last presidential election
* They are 115% more likely to think that human beings are naturally evil rather than good
* They are 19% more likely to believe in UFOs & alien visits to earth
* They are 50% more likely to believe in alien abductions
Given the above stats, it’s probably not too surprising that Birthers have passionately latched on to a birth conspiracy theory that by now has been generally dismissed as pretty far-fetched.