Sunday, October 24, 2004

PIPA Poll Pinpoints Preposterous Precepts;
Propaganda Possibility Pondered

American Blog Party  and Brad DeLong have links that point to a PIPA poll, presumably to promote progressive public policy.  The poll shows what proportion of people hold certain beliefs about current geopolitical topics.  They also compare the frequency of these beliefs among Bush supporters compared to Kerry supporters.
Even after the final report of Charles Duelfer to Congress saying that Iraq did not have a significant WMD program, 72% of Bush supporters continue to believe that Iraq had actual WMD (47%) or a major program for developing them (25%). Fifty-six percent assume that most experts believe Iraq had actual WMD and 57% also assume, incorrectly, that Duelfer concluded Iraq had at least a major WMD program. Kerry supporters hold opposite beliefs on all these points.

Similarly, 75% of Bush supporters continue to believe that Iraq was providing substantial support to al Qaeda, and 63% believe that clear evidence of this support has been found. Sixty percent of Bush supporters assume that this is also the conclusion of most experts, and 55% assume, incorrectly, that this was the conclusion of the 9/11 Commission. Here again, large majorities of Kerry supporters have exactly opposite perceptions. [...]
In this post, I discuss the subtle difference between propaganda and plain old lies.  Read the rest at The Rest of the Story.