hannasus (hannasus) wrote,

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They're not stupid, they're "less knowledgeable"

I woke up in all kinds of pain this morning. I don't know what position I slept in, but my neck and shoulders are hella sore and advil is just not cutting it. Plus my left foot randomly hurt, but at least that mystery pain went away after a half an hour.

In other news, it's still hot. And humid. Grrrr. Yes, I'm cranky, why do you ask?

Since I'm in such a crappy mood, I'm gonna talk about politics, 'cause that's sure to improve my outlook.

There's a new, scary-ass poll out from the University of Maryland (aptly titled "The Separate Realities of Bush and Kerry Supporters") that found Bush supporters "are less knowledgeable about the president's foreign policy positions and are more likely to be mistaken about factual issues in world affairs than voters who back (Kerry)."

Excerpts from the poll's key findings:

A large majority of Bush supporters believe that before the war Iraq had weapons of mass destruction or a major program for building them. A substantial majority of Bush supporters assume that most experts believe Iraq had WMD and that this was the conclusion of the recently released report by Charles Duelfer. A large majority of Bush supporters believes that Iraq was providing substantial support to al Qaeda and that clear evidence of this support has been found. A large majority believes that most experts also have this view, and a substantial majority believe that this was the conclusion of the 9/11 Commission. Large majorities of Kerry supporters believe the opposite on all these points.

Majorities of Bush supporters and Kerry supporters agree that if Iraq did not have WMD or was not providing support to al Qaeda, the US should not have gone to war with Iraq.

Only three in ten Bush supporters believe that the majority of people in the world oppose the US going to war with Iraq, while an overwhelming majority of Kerry supporters have this view. A majority of Bush supporters assume that the majority of people in the world would like to see Bush reelected, while a large majority of Kerry supporters believe the opposite. Bush supporters also lean toward overestimating support in Islamic countries for US-led efforts to fight terrorism, while Kerry supporters do not.

Majorities of Bush supporters misperceive his positions on a range of foreign policy issues. In particular they assume he supports multilateral approaches and addressing global warming when he has taken strong contrary positions on issues such as the International Criminal court and the Kyoto Agreement. A majority of Kerry supporters have accurate perceptions of Kerry positions on the same issues.

This, on the heels of a recent Middle Tennessee State University poll that concluded that "a close look at five key domestic agenda items suggests that Tennesseans as a group hardly qualify as well-informed and ideologically consistent policy wonks. On four of the five issues, only about half of a given candidate’s supporters hold opinions consistent with those of the candidate."

And if that weren't scary enough, the Washington Post is reporting that Nader's share of the vote in six swing states (Iowa, Florida, Wisconsin, New Mexico, Maine and New Hampshire) exceeds the thin margin separating Bush and Kerry, according to aggregates of nine recent polls compiled by the Web site RealClear Politics.

Screw it, I'm going to get my hair done. The country may be spiraling down the drain, but at least I can feel pretty.

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