According to a recent Pew Research poll, Jews, Catholics and Evangelicals earn warm rankings from Americans.
Jews, Catholics and evangelical Christians are viewed warmly by the American public. When asked to rate each group on a “feeling thermometer” ranging from 0 to 100 – where 0 reflects the coldest, most negative possible rating and 100 the warmest, most positive rating – all three groups receive an average rating of 60 or higher (63 for Jews, 62 for Catholics and 61 for evangelical Christians). And 44% of the public rates all three groups in the warmest part of the scale (67 or higher).Hindus and Buddhists are viewed neutrally, but atheists and Muslims don't fare as well.
The public views atheists and Muslims more coldly; atheists receive an average rating of 41, and Muslims an average rating of 40. Fully 41% of the public rates Muslims in the coldest part of the thermometer (33 or below), and 40% rate atheists in the coldest part.Meanwhile, BrandIndex finds that Americans are united by an inexplicable common affection for some popular brands.
The brands that feature in the top ten for all three political affiliations seem mostly to relate to house and home. Craftsman, Clorox, Dawn, Johnson and Johnson, Home Depot and Cheerios appear in all three lists as well as online mega-retailer Amazon. Home Depot was a new entry for all three lists.The BrandIndex report, however, shows that Democrats are alone in having Google, PBS, and Dove as part of their top 10 brands. Independents are alone in their top 10 love for the Discovery Channel while Republicans are alone in their newly discovered top 10 taste for Welch's. (It is a positive sign for the American Republic that Fox News has dropped out the Republican top 10.)
These two totally different surveys do point to a way out of gridlock. To the best of my knowledge there are no avowed atheists or Muslims in the Republican leadership. President Obama is a Christian. If the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives and the President would all go to Home Depot, stock their carts with everyone's favorite tools, bleach, and dish soap, go to the checkout lane staffed by a Hindu clerk, and then break open a communal box of Cheerios, some issues might not seem so intractable.
I suspect, however, the political atmosphere has become so noxious that the politicians would soon begin to argue about who had purchased the biggest hammer and whether skim milk is un-American.
Bonus charts for visual learners.
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