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Monday, June 25, 2007

Why are Americans so ill-informed?

This is sad, but not surprising given the amount of attention the national media spends on Paris Hilton versus the amount of time they spend on Iraq. This is from Newsweek's first What You Need to Know poll:
Even today, more than four years into the war in Iraq, as many as four in 10 Americans (41 percent) still believe Saddam Hussein’s regime was directly involved in financing, planning or carrying out the terrorist attacks on 9/11, even though no evidence has surfaced to support a connection. A majority of Americans were similarly unable to pick Saudi Arabia in a multiple-choice question about the country where most of the 9/11 hijackers were born. Just 43 percent got it right—and a full 20 percent thought most came from Iraq.

Still, seven in 10 (70 percent) are aware that the United States has not discovered any hidden weapons of mass destruction in Iraq since the war began. And perhaps because most (85 percent) are aware that Osama bin Laden remains at large, roughly half of the poll’s respondents (52 percent) think that the United States is losing the fight against his terror group, Al Qaeda, despite no military defeats or recent terrorist attacks to suggest as much.

3 Comments:

At 6/25/2007 1:57 PM, Blogger nunya said...

oh ya but we got us some hapeee newz ankers tho

 
At 6/25/2007 2:40 PM, Anonymous jack boo said...

Wow, nunya...that Happy Face Twit could be a double for Katie.

As for the poll...those questions are more than a little confusing and the terms are not defined.

 
At 6/25/2007 2:58 PM, Anonymous jack boo said...

I mean, after all, Christopher Hitchens has stated (and cited the evidence) that Hussein's regime were involved in terrorism. And even if you don't agree with him I don't think anyone would call him "ill-informed".

 

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