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According to study, Bush supporters live in an alternate reality…

Posted by direwolff on October 22, 2004

Now I've heard it all. Below is today's issue of "The Daily Mis-lead" e-newsletter. It's news like this that totally dissappoints me in the state of our nation. Part of the answer has to lie in education, educating our children and our adults to think and read for themselves, but such a vast part of our country simply rejects the idea of becoming more educated. Tough problem to solve, but really sad to see the results of this ignorance…or is it blind faith?

The following is very scary, please don't read it if you suffer from depression and/or suicidal tendencies, as this may push you over the edge ;-):

A new study by the Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) shows that supporters of President Bush hold wildly inaccurate views about the world. For example, "a large majority [72 percent] of Bush supporters believe that before the war Iraq had weapons of mass destruction."[1] Most Bush supporters [57 percent] also believe that the recently released report by Charles Duelfer, the administration's hand-picked weapons inspector, concluded Iraq either had WMD or a major program for developing them.[2] In fact, the report concluded "Saddam Hussein did not produce or possess any weapons of mass destruction for more than a decade before the U.S.-led invasion" and the U.N. inspection regime had "curbed his ability to build or develop weapons."[3]

According to the study, 75 percent Bush supporters also believe "Iraq was providing substantial support to al Qaeda."[4] Most Bush supporters [55 percent] believe that was the conclusion of the 9/11 commission.[5] In fact, the 9/11 commission concluded there was no "collaborative relationship" between al-Qaeda and Iraq.[6]

Bush supporters also hold inaccurate views about world public opinion of the war in Iraq and a range of Bush's foreign policy positions.[7]

1. "The Separate Realities of Bush and Kerry Supporters," Program on International Policy Attitudes, 10/21/04,
2. Ibid,
3. "Iraq's Illicit Weapons Gone Since Early '90s, CIA Says," Los Angeles Times, 10/07/04,
4. "The Separate Realities of Bush and Kerry Supporters," Program on International Policy Attitudes, 10/21/04,
5. Ibid,
6. "Al Qaeda-Hussein Link Is Dismissed," Washington Post, 6/17/04,
7. "The Separate Realities of Bush and Kerry Supporters," Program on International Policy Attitudes, 10/21/04,
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