The results of this Philadelphia Inquirer poll just stuns the shit out of me. I can’t begin to articulate how incredibly frustrating it is to realize a good third of Americans are clueless morons.
WASHINGTON – A third of the American public believes U.S. forces have found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, according to a recent poll. Twenty-two percent said Iraq actually used chemical or biological weapons.
But such weapons have not been found in Iraq and were not used.
Before the war, half of those polled in a survey said Iraqis were among the 19 hijackers on Sept. 11, 2001. But most of the Sept. 11 terrorists were Saudis; none was an Iraqi.
The results startled even the pollsters who conducted and analyzed the surveys. How could so many people be so wrong about information that has dominated news coverage for almost two years?
“It’s a striking finding,” said Steve Kull, director of the Program on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland, which asked the weapons questions during a May 14-18 poll of 1,256 respondents.
He added: “Given the intensive news coverage and high levels of public attention, this level of misinformation suggests some Americans may be avoiding having an experience of cognitive dissonance.”
That is, of having their beliefs conflict with the facts. Kull noted that the mistaken belief that weapons had been found “is substantially greater among those who favored the war.”
Bush could probably convince these imbeciles that moose shit is actually strawberry tart and get them to lap it up and ask for seconds at this point. He’s going to have to screw up pretty bad to lose the next election at this point.
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