President Trump flipped the bird on Friday, causing every single American of voting age to change their mind about whether the gesture is offensive or not.
Moments after the current Commander in Chief touched his temple with the digitus me’dius of his right hand, the Economist/YouGov poll asked 1,500 Americans if they were offended.
The results were staggering.
“What we found is that every demographic group that approved of Barack Obama flipping the bird is now offended by the gesture,” said polling director Darius LaVuelta. “And Trump voters who were offended by Barack Obama’s middle finger now say the gesture communicates little to no contempt.”
LaVuelta said he tried to phrase the question in neutral fashion to get an honest response: “Would you say the middle finger communicates: a) extreme contempt or disrespect; b) moderate contempt or disrespect; c) little contempt or disrespect; d) no contempt or disrespect.”
Pollsters have been asking the question since the 12th century B.C., and have never recorded results like this, LaVuelta said.
“Extending the finger has always been meant to degrade, intimidate and threaten the individual receiving the gesture, especially in the Western World,” he said. “But from 2008-2016 it was only perceived that way by Republicans. In 2019, only Democrats feel that way.”