Poll: Majority of Americans don’t know what “GOP” stands for

posted at 6:25 pm on October 3, 2011 by Tina Korbe

It’s a little hard to take this 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll seriously, given that “Grumpy Old People” was one of the multiple choice options and some folks surely checked that box just to make a political statement. Nevertheless, it’s interesting.

Just forty-five percent of Americans correctly identified “GOP” as an acronym for “Grand Old Party,” while 35 percent said it stands for “Government of the People.” Seven percent said it equates to “Grumpy Old People,” three percent chose “God’s Own Party” and another nine percent admitted to not having a clue.

Most tellingly, just 51 percent of self-identified Republicans knew the meaning of the moniker. Vanity Fair mocks this and Think Progress trumpets it, presumably as evidence that Republicans aren’t as “plugged in” as they ought to be. Honestly, that was my first reaction, too. But, on second thought, I can’t say I’m all that disappointed to learn a sizable percentage of both GOPers themselves and the American people at large think the Republican Party so promotes limited government as to assume the party’s abbreviation stands for “Government of the People.” Come to think of it, I’d be pretty happy if “GOP” did stand for that. (And given that the phrase “government of the people” came from a speech delivered by Abraham Lincoln — whom, you’ll recall, the president wrongly said was the founder of the Republican Party — it wasn’t an unreasonable guess.)

The poll was notable for another reason, too: It highlighted that partisanship extends well beyond policy preferences. Vanity Fair summarizes:

[T]his month several issues appeared to break along party lines even more than is typical.

For instance: Ford and Disney easily led the pack of American brands we were all proudest of—Ford on the strength of Republican opinion, Disney on Democratic. Asked which was the most important presidential character trait, Democrats valued intelligence above all else while Republicans chose character.

That’s no surprise, really: I’ve seen TV show breakdowns between Democrats and Republicans, sports breakdowns between Ds and Rs, and I’d imagine someone somewhere has demonstrated the clothing breakdown between the two parties. You watch Mad Men with giddy devotion, follow the NBA with acute interest and, oh, I don’t know, eschew fur coats for lettuce leaves? I’d guess you’re a D. You switch to ABC the second “Dancing with the Stars” starts Monday night, spend Saturdays watching college football (and Sundays watching golf) and, hmm, just guessing here, own a couple pairs of cowboy boots? I’d say you’re an R. Are these stereotypes? You bet, but they also reveal that the partisan divide has its roots in culture (doesn’t everything?). They’re also a pleasant reminder to me to tune into a new TV show every once in a while, try a new sport or shop in a different store just to freshen my perspective every so often. Mostly, TV, sports and clothes aren’t questions of right v. wrong or effective v. ineffective (although they can be), so why not find common ground in those areas?

But, when it comes to the question of the most important presidential characteristic, I’m solidly in the character camp — and hope I always will be. To put it simplistically, “Smart is different than good.” For that matter, so is nice (h/t Stephen Sondheim). Character alone ensures intelligence, charisma or any other positive trait will be used in the service of the truth and the good.


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George O Push?

MeatHeadinCA on October 3, 2011 at 6:27 PM

“Seven percent said it equates to “Grumpy Old People,”

I was drinking at the time…

… my apologies.

/

Seven Percent Solution on October 3, 2011 at 6:28 PM

Growers
Of
Pot

No wait, wrong party.

angryed on October 3, 2011 at 6:29 PM

Yeah, but Democrat stands for Big Fat Liberal Ass, and I bet they’d have missed that too…

kirkill on October 3, 2011 at 6:29 PM

what a bunch of maroons…

cmsinaz on October 3, 2011 at 6:30 PM

Galloping
Orange
People

(in Florida)

angryed on October 3, 2011 at 6:30 PM

To this day, my dad continues to think it stands for “Government Opposition Party”; which I guess is true ideologically…but still not what GOP stands for in reality.

LiquidH2O on October 3, 2011 at 6:30 PM

They don’t know what Hopey-Changey means either.

Well, other than it’s some kind of natural disaster.

fogw on October 3, 2011 at 6:31 PM

Glittery Oblong Pancakes?
Grating Obstinate Piglets?

annoyinglittletwerp on October 3, 2011 at 6:31 PM

It is more important that voters know what “SCOAMF” stands for.

Christien on October 3, 2011 at 6:31 PM

what a bunch of maroons…

cmsinaz on October 3, 2011 at 6:30 PM

Nope. Doesn’t spell that.
*ducks*

annoyinglittletwerp on October 3, 2011 at 6:32 PM

It is more important that voters know what “SCOAMF” stands for.

Christien on October 3, 2011 at 6:31 PM

Heh.

annoyinglittletwerp on October 3, 2011 at 6:33 PM

Gutless
Obedient
Party

sharrukin on October 3, 2011 at 6:33 PM

It is more important that voters know what “SCOAMF” stands for.

Christien on October 3, 2011 at 6:31 PM

I missed that one…

… can you give me a hint?

Seven Percent Solution on October 3, 2011 at 6:34 PM

Givers Of Prosperity?

capejasmine on October 3, 2011 at 6:34 PM

Give Obama Pinkslip

Christien on October 3, 2011 at 6:34 PM

I missed that one…

… can you give me a hint?

Seven Percent Solution on October 3, 2011 at 6:34 PM

Stuttering Cluster***k of a miserable Failure.

annoyinglittletwerp on October 3, 2011 at 6:36 PM

This just shows you how the media has abandoned its responsibility of educating the public about politics. The same with our fine education system.

djaymick on October 3, 2011 at 6:37 PM

Seven Percent Solution on October 3, 2011 at 6:34 PM

Hint: It’s an AoSHQism.

Christien on October 3, 2011 at 6:37 PM

Girls On Ponies?

annoyinglittletwerp on October 3, 2011 at 6:38 PM

Governments Oppress People.

TABoLK on October 3, 2011 at 6:38 PM

You have to give all those former Obama voters a chance to get up to speed on things before you start dropping pop quizzes on them.

rw on October 3, 2011 at 6:38 PM

Get
Off my
Property

portlandon on October 3, 2011 at 6:39 PM

Majority of Americans don’t know what “GOP” stands for

Here’s a thought that 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair won’t explore – if a majority don’t know – it’s an indictment of our educational system.

GarandFan on October 3, 2011 at 6:39 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on October 3, 2011 at 6:32 PM

lol

:)

cmsinaz on October 3, 2011 at 6:39 PM

So what? The majority of Americans don’t realize the Democrats are socialists.

Kensington on October 3, 2011 at 6:40 PM

No, it’s not “GOP” anymore, it’s GOB, which stands for Good Old Boys

FloatingRock on October 3, 2011 at 6:40 PM

Yes, those young people at 60 Minutes, having a laugh at the old folks…

Jim Treacher on October 3, 2011 at 6:43 PM

Give Obama Pinkslip?

Hog Wild on October 3, 2011 at 6:45 PM

Here’s a thought that 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair won’t explore – if a majority don’t know – it’s an indictment of our educational system.
 
GarandFan on October 3, 2011 at 6:39 PM

 
Tina, you can close the thread now.

rogerb on October 3, 2011 at 6:46 PM

Sometimes I wonder myself what the GOP stands for. . . . . .

OOOOOHHHHHH!!!! You mean what does the acronym G O P stand for. . . AH! I see what you did there.

Jason Coleman on October 3, 2011 at 6:47 PM

Got Organic Power?
Give Orangutangs Polio?

annoyinglittletwerp on October 3, 2011 at 6:47 PM

UGH!

Its,

The Grand Old Party!

Next!

canopfor on October 3, 2011 at 6:48 PM

Majority of Americans don’t know what “GOP” stands for

Here’s a thought that 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair won’t explore – if a majority don’t know – it’s an indictment of our educational system.

GarandFan on October 3, 2011 at 6:39 PM

That’s the elephant in the room.

OldEnglish on October 3, 2011 at 6:48 PM

Jim Treacher on October 3, 2011 at 6:43 PM

When you’ve lost Andy Rooney…

Christien on October 3, 2011 at 6:48 PM

Garrulous Old Poltroons?

Tennman on October 3, 2011 at 6:49 PM

You don’t have to be a D to enjoy Mad Men. That show is awesome.

sobincorporated on October 3, 2011 at 6:50 PM

Unfortunately, we know what GOP falls for.

Christien on October 3, 2011 at 6:50 PM

UGH!

Its,

The Grand Old Party!

Next!

canopfor on October 3, 2011 at 6:48 PM

We knew that, you freakin’ hoser!
*runs away giggling demonically*

annoyinglittletwerp on October 3, 2011 at 6:50 PM

Gleaming Ominous Piranhas

annoyinglittletwerp on October 3, 2011 at 6:52 PM

Here’s a thought that 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair won’t explore – if a majority don’t know – it’s an indictment of our educational system.

GarandFan on October 3, 2011 at 6:39 PM

Boom!

Fallon on October 3, 2011 at 6:52 PM

Stuttering Cluster***k of a miserable Failure.

annoyinglittletwerp on October 3, 2011 at 6:36 PM

Thanks…

…+7%!

Seven Percent Solution on October 3, 2011 at 6:54 PM

GOP
=========

Its a sign,on a trail,that warns
of a Elephant crossing,beware!
(snark)

canopfor on October 3, 2011 at 6:57 PM

Seriously, though…does anyone know what the GOP stands for?

steebo77 on October 3, 2011 at 6:58 PM

God’s
Own
Party

Wander on October 3, 2011 at 6:58 PM

Gutless on Parade?

Rational Thought on October 3, 2011 at 6:58 PM

Gell O Puddin

OneConservative on October 3, 2011 at 6:59 PM

Racists!!!

faraway on October 3, 2011 at 7:00 PM

Oh, I thought this post was going to be about the RINO non-aggressive, on again, off again, principles of the compassionate conservative wing of the Republican party.

Who does know what they stands for?

Sarah Palin does -and she cares not a bit for it.(So does the Tea Party and they intend to fix it or overthrow it.)

Don L on October 3, 2011 at 7:01 PM

Seriously, though…does anyone know what the GOP stands for?

steebo77 on October 3, 2011 at 6:58 PM

In decreasing order:

GOP Grand Old Party (US Republican political party)
GOP Government Of the People
GOP Group Of Pictures (MPEG)
GOP Government of Pakistan
GOP Gross Operating Profit
GOP God’s Own Party (slang for US Republican party)
GOP Government of Panama
GOP Get Out and Push
GOP Gallant Old Party (original meaning)
GOP Grundlagen- und Orientierungsprüfung
GOP Guidelines for Operational Planning (NATO)
GOP Gestion des Opérations et de la Production
GOP General Outpost
GOP Global Operating Plan
GOP General Operating Procedure
GOP Good Operating Practice
GOP Gazi Osman Pasa (Istanbul City suburb)
GOP Gods of Plastic (Ultimate Frisbee team)
GOP Gestión Organizacional de Proyectos (Spanish: Organizational Project Management)
GOP Gauntlet of Power (item found in D&D-type games)
GOP Game On Pause (forum)
GOP Ground Observer Post
GOP Generator Oil Pressure
GOP Gas, Oil and Petrol

Fallon on October 3, 2011 at 7:01 PM

Gods of Plastic, my personal favorite.

Fallon on October 3, 2011 at 7:03 PM

Heres a Donkey,that strayed,er was pushed onto a GOP Trial,oops!
================================================================

The G.O.P. Storms Washington
Nov 21 1994
*****************************

http://www.time.com/time/covers/0,16641,19941121,00.html

canopfor on October 3, 2011 at 7:03 PM

GOP
======

Going On Purging!!

Wait,thats not right,drats!

canopfor on October 3, 2011 at 7:05 PM

Gay Ole Party!

/pandering

faraway on October 3, 2011 at 7:05 PM

Sarah Palin does -and she cares not a bit for it.(So does the Tea Party and they intend to fix it or overthrow it.)

Don L on October 3, 2011 at 7:01 PM

Not a Palin thread.
Who cares what she thinks about it.

annoyinglittletwerp on October 3, 2011 at 7:07 PM

GOP
Government over people

Godawful obnoxious politicians

Guaranteed ommiting Principle

Don L on October 3, 2011 at 7:07 PM

After watching the debates and listing to the candidates platforms. I still don’t know what the GOP stands for. Do these people have any recognizable values at all?

Tommy_G on October 3, 2011 at 7:08 PM

Not a Palin thread.
Who cares what she thinks about it.

annoyinglittletwerp on October 3, 2011 at 7:07 PM

Go back to your casket-it’s still light out.People who can operate in the daylight care.

Don L on October 3, 2011 at 7:10 PM

New Connecticut poll shows average results for Paul at 10%

6% of the sample was 18-29%
24% of the sample was 65%

http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/2011/PPP_Release_CT_1003.pdf

PRESIDENT – CONNECTICUT – GOP PRIMARY (PPP)

Mitt Romney 25%

Rick Perry 18%
Ron Paul 10%

Newt Gingrich 10%

Herman Cain 10%

Michele Bachmann 8%

Jon Huntsman 3%

Rick Santorum 3%

Gary Johnson 1%

But….

Paul takes 50% of the age 18-29 group. All the other candidates combined can’t equal Paul with this group.

These numbers should tell you who the real leader of the GOP is: Ron Paul

Spathi on October 3, 2011 at 7:10 PM

Message to Team Progressive Liberal Socialists,
do not,p*ss off the Herd!
============================

Elephant Stampede*
********************

*(Me thinks,more of a lumbering on to a Tea
Party Event)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMIJzpkDVyI&feature=related

canopfor on October 3, 2011 at 7:11 PM

Here’s a thought that 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair won’t explore – if a majority don’t know – it’s an indictment of our educational system.

GarandFan on October 3, 2011 at 6:39 PM

Tina, you can close the thread now.

rogerb on October 3, 2011 at 6:46 PM

Yup.

listens2glenn on October 3, 2011 at 7:12 PM

Why don’t we quiz our Progressive friends too? Please young Socialists, answer these.

What does NAZI stand for? How about USSR? There’s a word in there I’m sure you’ll all recognize.

And everybody knows that GOP stands for Giraffes Own Pantaloons.

SittingDeadRed on October 3, 2011 at 7:12 PM

But, on second thought, I can’t say I’m all that disappointed to learn a sizable percentage of both GOPers themselves and the American people at large think the Republican Party so promotes limited government as to assume the party’s abbreviation stands for “Government of the People.” Come to think of it, I’d be pretty happy if “GOP” did stand for that.

I’m not crazy about the label “Grand Old Party” because it gives the impression that Republicans favor “old” or outdated ideas, as compared to “new” ideas of “progressive change” from the Democrats. Which is a shame, considering that the Democratic Party dates back to Andrew Jackson, and is OLDER than the Republican Party.

Since the GOP acronym has been around for decades and won’t go away anytime soon, maybe Republicans should think of a new meaning for those initials, and Government Of the People sounds good, or even better, Grow Our Prosperity.

Homework assignment for Rheince Priebus: Find a new meaning for GOP.

Steve Z on October 3, 2011 at 7:13 PM

Chamberlin-esque, candy-ass RINO’s

SouthernGent on October 3, 2011 at 7:16 PM

Not a Palin thread.
Who cares what she thinks about it.

annoyinglittletwerp on October 3, 2011 at 7:07 PM

Not an annoylittletwerp thread.

Why do we care what you think?

portlandon on October 3, 2011 at 7:17 PM

G = Get
O = Out
P = PUTZ

Just for this year and next.

The High School Students really don’t like Obama.

They aren’t buying in to his class warfare. All the kids in the neighborhood seem to be embracing eachother, all colors all sizes all backgrounds

I think Obama is stuck in some sort of time warp. Watching him trying to replicate the 1968-1976 … whatever it is, is amusing.

Psst: Someone should tell him that he’s lost the teenagers. But say it softly.

Key West Reader on October 3, 2011 at 7:19 PM

Gobs Of Pudding?

Nah, that’s not it.

Geriatric Old Pansies?

Naturally Curly on October 3, 2011 at 7:19 PM

Golden
Opportunity
Passes

chickasaw42 on October 3, 2011 at 7:21 PM

“Seven percent said it equates to “Grumpy Old People,”
I was drinking at the time…

… my apologies.

/

Seven Percent Solution on October 3, 2011 at 6:28 PM

Seven Percent Solution:I seen that movie,oh wait,thats Grumpy
Old Men,oh I know,maybe this!:)

Military Acronyms, Initialisms, and Abbreviations
*************************************************

GOP
****

1 general operational plot,

2 generated options plans,

3 group operations plan,

4 [AR 310-50] general outpost,

5 [AR 310-50] ground observer post
———————————–

http://www.fas.org/news/reference/lexicon/acg.htm

canopfor on October 3, 2011 at 7:21 PM

Key West Reader on October 3, 2011 at 7:19 PM

They’re not trying to “Recreate ’68!” so much as 2008.

Christien on October 3, 2011 at 7:22 PM

chickasaw42 on October 3, 2011 at 7:21 PM

Strong work!

Christien on October 3, 2011 at 7:23 PM

Spathi on October 3, 2011 at 7:10 PM

So. . . you’re a Paul supporter.

I’m curious, what is your go-to defense for Paul’s newsletters?

Jason Coleman on October 3, 2011 at 7:23 PM

follow the NBA with acute interest

Better watch out, Herb Sharpton may be reading. Grumpy Old People is kind of funny even though it was an option for obvious reasons.

Southernblogger on October 3, 2011 at 7:24 PM

Golden
Opportunity
Passes

chickasaw42 on October 3, 2011 at 7:21 PM

chickasaw42:Oh,me likey,better *Trademark that one,its going
to be a well used phrase,(hopefully not),through
out 2012 Election,Donkey Political Hunting Season!
—-:)

canopfor on October 3, 2011 at 7:25 PM

Giving old pancakes?
Giant Orderly Pandas
Gargantuan Octopus Pillowcase

TheQuestion on October 3, 2011 at 7:26 PM

I’m just really glad that the younuns are rejecting this racist crap.

That’s what they call it.. “Total Crap”.

This chit that obama’s making is not resonating with the general population of the normal thinking nation. Nor will it further the agenda of his papa’s propoganda. Obama need to step off before we make him kick off…

(That was spouted by High School Hooligans)… I posted it, now they’re all going off to the game. Football! Hot dogs, soda’s! Time spent under the bleechers!

Somehow? I just can’t see Obama taking the field and Michelle rooting for him.

Key West Reader on October 3, 2011 at 7:26 PM

Not a Palin thread. Who cares what she thinks about it.

annoyinglittletwerp on October 3, 2011 at 7:07 PM

Ooh! Ooh! Ooh!

*waving hand in the air*

I do. I do. In fact let’s try a Palin acronym.

Get Obama, Palin!

Fallon on October 3, 2011 at 7:28 PM

I thought it was the Gipper’s Optimism Pwned. LOL

This is surprising, I thought everyone knew it was Grand Ole Party

jeffn21 on October 3, 2011 at 7:29 PM

Next!

canopfor on October 3, 2011 at 6:48 PM

We knew that, you freakin’ hoser!
*runs away giggling demonically*

annoyinglittletwerp on October 3, 2011 at 6:50 PM

annoyinglittletwerp:Thats it,your punishment,will be to view,how
a RINO is created and birthed!HA,ha:)
=======================================================

An Ugly Baby
*************

posted at 11:34 am on April 25, 2006 by Allahpundit

http://hotair.com/archives/2006/04/25/an-ugly-baby/

canopfor on October 3, 2011 at 7:29 PM

Get
Obamas
Packing

Left Coast Right Mind on October 3, 2011 at 7:31 PM

Christien on October 3, 2011 at 7:23 PM
canopfor on October 3, 2011 at 7:25 PM

Alas, creativeness born from experience.

chickasaw42 on October 3, 2011 at 7:43 PM

I would have picked Grumpy Old People. Especially if I could further explain my answer by yelling “Get off my lawn!”

malclave on October 3, 2011 at 7:48 PM

Grabbing Obama’s Pancake.

Oh, wait, that was a waffle.

Mary in LA on October 3, 2011 at 8:13 PM

Gotta Obstruct Palin.
” ” Perry.
” ” Paul.

Mary in LA on October 3, 2011 at 8:13 PM

That’s no surprise, really: I’ve seen TV show breakdowns between Democrats and Republicans, sports breakdowns between Ds and Rs, and I’d imagine someone somewhere has demonstrated the clothing breakdown between the two parties. You watch Mad Men with giddy devotion, follow the NBA with acute interest and, oh, I don’t know, eschew fur coats for lettuce leaves? I’d guess you’re a D. You switch to ABC the second “Dancing with the Stars” starts Monday night, spend Saturdays watching college football (and Sundays watching golf) and, hmm, just guessing here, own a couple pairs of cowboy boots? I’d say you’re an R.

And then there are the exceptions like me. Culturally, I’d fit right in with the Occupy Wall Street crowd. I’m a gay vegetarian bicycle rider who does yoga and whose favorite sport is slacklining. I avoid television and movies and don’t even pretend to care about the outcome of sports games. I sometimes help with the leftist charity “Food not Bombs” for the fun of it. I live an impractical life. Yet someway, I am nearly libertarian on economic issues, am strongly pro-American and pro-Israel in terms of foreign policy, strongly support the Second Amendment, strongly support the Ninth and Tenth Amendment, think we have expanded the Commerce Clause unconstitutionally, strongly support the death penalty, want harsh fines on people who hire illegals (guess worker programs for agriculture), want English as our official language, want an end to all affirmative action and hate crimes laws, and so forth.

thuja on October 3, 2011 at 8:15 PM

Go-along Obsequious Pushovers.
(refers to most in Congress)

Mary in LA on October 3, 2011 at 8:15 PM

This is trivia, who cares.

slickwillie2001 on October 3, 2011 at 8:25 PM

Greedy Ole Pigs?

Extra Special Prosecutor on October 3, 2011 at 8:49 PM

God-Offal Party?

OnlyOrange on October 3, 2011 at 9:06 PM

Ain’t no party like a Grand Old Party, ’cause a Grand Old Party don’t stop.

strictnein on October 3, 2011 at 9:09 PM

Majority of Americans don’t know what “GOP” stands for

About 95% of Republican politicians don’t know what the “GOP” stands for either.

RJL on October 3, 2011 at 9:16 PM

That’s the best they’ve got?

AZfederalist on October 3, 2011 at 10:07 PM

Hey 52% that voted for Obama:

GOP stands for “Government of the People run by Obama”

Vote GOP every time you can from here on out. Thx!

The other 48%…

Khun Joe on October 3, 2011 at 10:22 PM

This is trivia, who cares.

slickwillie2001 on October 3, 2011 at 8:25 PM

Precisely. I’m kind of shocked it’s anywhere near as high as it is. Especially since it isn’t really the kind of thing you’d guess, as the GOP is the younger party.

RINO in Name Only on October 3, 2011 at 10:40 PM

The newly formed Republican party was derisively nicknamed the “Grand Old Party” by their opposition. They couldn’t shake it and just accepted it after a while.

Maybe it is time to find a new meaning for GOP.

Is that a grizzly bear in that new logo?

itsacookbook on October 3, 2011 at 10:41 PM

Get Off my lawn, you Peasants!

manwithblackhat on October 3, 2011 at 10:55 PM

Tina – nice job working in the Into The Woods reference. I’m impressed!

Rufus on October 4, 2011 at 8:23 AM

Gnats
Over
Psychos

princetrumpet on October 4, 2011 at 8:25 AM

How about the current definition of DEM?

Demented
Evil
Minions

pilamaye on October 4, 2011 at 10:08 AM

i watched an evangelical video the other day. the narrator was walking through the street, asking people in their 20s and some in t heir 30s “who is hitler?” not a single one of them could answer the question. they had no idea who hitler or the nazis were or what they did. they were vaguely familiar with the holocaust. so is it any wonder the left like to throw “hitler” and “nazi” around so much? no,it isnt. so they dont know what GOP means? no surprise there.

abcurtis on October 4, 2011 at 11:14 AM

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