By now, most of you know that the world did not come to an end last weekend. Residents of Berkeley will undoubtedly find out soon. My prediction is, that their response will be, "Whoa, Dude!"
But if the whole "world is going to end" thing weren't bad enough, a poll has been taken to determine what effect the Rapture might have on next year's election. I.Kid.You.Not.
Public Policy Polling has taken a poll to "figure out how big of a political game changer the rapture would be."
"The Rapture", for those of you not schooled in such things, is the belief, that at the end of the world, as things get really bad, God will deliver his people from the devastation at the end of the world. That they will literally rise up and meet Christ "in the air", while those left behind have to suffer untold hardship, pain and agonizing regrets. (Think: The Obama administration on steroids.)
First off- no one really believed the Rapture was going to happen last weekend, or at least they won't admit it. Just 2% of voters say they thought that was coming on Saturday to 98% who say they did not. It's really close to impossible to ask a question on a poll that only 2% of people say yes to. A national poll we did in September 2009 found that 10% of voters thought Barack Obama was the Anti-Christ, or at least said they thought so. That 2% number is remarkably low.
Did you catch that last part? "That 2% number is remarkably low." Are they saying that they expected it to be higher? Or the fact that it was brought up at all?? (I apologize. When I first read this, I thought they were referring to the percentage that thought Barack was the "Anti-Christ". My bad. I really should finish my second cup of coffee before reading statistics.)
11% of voters though think the Rapture will occur in their lifetimes, even if it didn't happen last weekend. 66% think it will not happen and 23% are unsure. If the true believers who think the Rapture will happen in their lifetime are correct- and they're the ones who had the strongest enough faith to get taken up into heaven- then that's going to be worth a 2-5 point boost to Obama's reelection prospects...if the Rapture occurs it would be an even more immediate boost to Democratic electoral prospects.
Hear that? I think what this poll is saying, that after all the really good people are taken out of the equation, Obama gets a majority from those who are going to Hell! So, in addition to getting votes from dead people, Democrats get votes from those who are as good as dead!
This could go a long way in explaining the tactics of Democrats to bring in "the faithful". Too funny!
Cross posted at Proof Positive