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BY JULIA GLUM ON 12/11/17 AT 12:54 PM
If you thought birtherism was over, you thought wrong.
Survey results released by YouGov Friday show that 51 percent of Republicans said they think former President Barack Obama was born in Kenya, compared to just 14 percent of Democrats.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, respondents who voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 election were especially convinced of Obama's African origins: Fully 57 percent said it was "definitely true" or "probably true" that the 44th president came from Kenya.
Calling Obama every name in the book has a corrosively cumulative effect.
A monument to what political scientists call "negative partisanship," one of the most important phenomena of our political time.
This attitude -- hatred of the other party above all else -- is at the heart of so-called "negative partisanship," a concept that Georgetown University's Jonathan Ladd defines as "the tendency to vote for a party not mainly because you like it, but because you are repulsed by the other major party."
This phenomenon, he explains, is why Republican leaders and voters were able to get past their policy disagreements with Trump and vote for him:
They'd rather have a Republican in office, however unorthodox and unqualified, than any kind of Democrat.
The crucial feature about negative partisanship is that it isn't really about policy; it's about identity.
Negative partisanship becomes really powerful, political scientists Alan Abramowitz and Steven Webster write, when "supporters of each party perceive supporters of the opposing party as very different from themselves in terms of their social characteristics and fundamental values."
The other party is your cultural enemy, hostile to people "like you," and therefore must be defeated at all costs -- even if, as in this instance, it means siding with a foreign power.
When negative partisanship is strong, Republicans are willing to believe the worst about Democrats -- and rationalize away any sins committed by Republicans.
Hence why, over the course of four years, you go from Republican voters enthusiastically backing Mitt Romney -- who called Russia America's "No. 1 geopolitical enemy" -- to the vast majority of them supporting Donald Trump through the Russia scandal.
You can see this effect in the polling.
Since Trump's rise, the percentage of Republicans reporting favorable views of Vladimir Putin has roughly tripled.
But again, only Republicans get to call Democrats all sort of violent and vile names, from racial insults to unpatriotic to traitors.