Republicans Heard More About Removing Dr. Seuss Books Than Biden's Stimulus: Poll

More Republicans in the United States were more familiar with the efforts to pull Dr. Seuss books due to racist imagery than the details of the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package pushed by President Joe Biden, according to a new poll.

The Seuss estate announced that six books will no longer be published because of racist depictions of Black and Asian people.

Republicans have seized on the issue, accusing liberals of attempting to "cancel" Dr. Seuss. A Morning Consult/Politico poll released Wednesday indicates that the message is resonating with the GOP base.

According to the poll, almost half of GOP voters said they'd heard "a lot" about the Seuss issue—more than any other news event that was featured in the study.

By contrast, 44 percent had heard "a lot" about the massive stimulus bill that Biden has made his top priority since taking office. The legislation will give most Americans $1,400 stimulus checks, extend a higher unemployment payment, and contribute to other sectors that have been negatively impacted by the coronavirus.

The poll found that 25 percent of GOP voters surveyed were aware of Biden's declaration that every U.S. adult who wants one will have a vaccine by the end of May. Meanwhile, 35 percent were aware of Biden calling the rollback of COVID-19 measures in Texas and Mississippi "Neanderthal thinking."

Additionally, just 15 percent of the GOP voters polled were aware of the news that former President Donald Trump and former first lady Melania Trump had secretly been vaccinated before Trump left office in January. Both had COVID-19, with the then-president being briefly hospitalized, in the fall.

The Morning Consult/Politico March 6-8 survey included 1,990 Americans, and it has an overall margin of error of 2 percentage points, with Republicans at a 4-point margin of error.

Dr. Seuss Enterprises announced earlier this month that it would halt publishing of six lesser-known books because they contained offensive imagery that portrayed cultures "in ways that are hurtful and wrong."

The GOP has since seized on the issue with multiple members, including House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, now promoting Seuss books.

"I still like Dr. Seuss, so I decided to read Green Eggs and Ham," McCarthy tweeted last week alongside a video of him reading the classic Seuss book.

The six books that the Seuss estate has decided to discontinue—If I Ran the Zoo, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, McElligot's Pool, On Beyond Zebra!, Scrambled Eggs Super! and The Cat's Quizzer—have seen a surge in sales since the news.

Biden's stimulus package—which he has defined as his top priority since winning the White House—is expected to be finalized on Wednesday, after negotiations between the administration, House and Senate extended the debate.

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American author and illustrator Dr Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel, 1904 - 1991) sits at his drafting table in his home office with a copy of his book, 'The Cat in the Hat', La Jolla, California, April 25, 1957. Gene Lester/Getty Images