Your neighbors, the sheeple

April 7th, 2003 – 5:28 pm
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A recent L.A. Times poll [links to PDF] shows that the people of America are more united than ever behind believing whatever the government decides to tell them. For example, 78% of those surveyed now believe that “Saddam Hussein has close ties with members of the Al Qaeda terrorist network,” [Question 35] despite the continuing lack of any evidence to support this. Of course, 69% of them are getting their news from the pro-war cable news channels [Question 6], so maybe that shouldn’t come as any surprise. After all, it’s not like any of the journalists on those channels are being skeptical or actually investigating anything. In another question, 40% of the people seem to believe that the war is going as easily as the administration said it would (apparently they aren’t watching those cable news channels all that closely), while another 32% believe that the administration honestly believed it’d be easy, even though it admittedly hasn’t been. [Question 16].

Fortunately, 57% of those surveyed still believe that even the more modest $350 billion tax cut currently under consideration is more than the U.S. can afford under the present circumstances [Question 23], but, given how easily these people let the President and his men shape their opinions, how long do you think that will last?

These, folks, are your neighbors.

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