A survey finds that white, working-class men believe the next president of the United States must have a clinical personality disorder if the country is ever going to be great again.
“Unless the next president denies reality, treats others with contempt, and doesn’t care what effect his words have on others, we will never be the country we were when we were great,” one respondent says in the survey. “Nor can we be great again if the president doesn’t divide the country by race, ethnicity, gender, religious beliefs, and political preferences.”
In the survey, conducted nationally last week by NBC News and The Washington Post, three out of four white, working-class men say presidents in the past have been “too beholden to reality” and have hurt the United States by “failing to live in a fantasy world of their own making.”
Another two-thirds say candidates who “refuse to live in a fantasy world” are unconscionably “allowing facts to dictate what the country does and doesn’t do.”
- 73% call for criminalization of reporters and editors whose coverage doesn’t conform to the president’s world view
- 68% want the president to alienate democratic allies and get close to authoritarian governments
- 63% want the president to divide the country into “good” and “bad” people and only provide services to the “good” people and demonize the rest
- 59% want the president to rate women based on their looks, encourage people to mistrust each other, and insult people who stand in the way of the president’s agenda
“The findings make clear white, working-clas men are fed up with the facts,” says Peter Harrison, chief pollster for NBC News. “What they’re saying is, the United States needs someone who sees himself as bigger than the facts, and that means they need someone who is capable of being clinically diagnosed as having a personality disorder, otherwise the country will continue its inexorable decline into mediocrity.”
Harrison says there is such a person in the race, but Ohio Gov. John Kasich has only won his home state and isn’t expected to amass enough delegates to be named the Republican nominee unless there’s a convention floor fight.
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