PHILLIPS: So, do Americans agree with Kerry's statement during his debate that
Osama bin Laden was behind the 9/11 attacks and not Saddam Hussein?
NEWPORT: Well, that's the key issue. You know, all these comments by Donald
Rumsfeld, secretary of defense, have come into the fore even yesterday and today.
It's very political.
This is fascinating. Look carefully. If you're a Republican, 62 percent say, yes,
Saddam Hussein was personally involved in the 9/11 attacks. Almost two thirds say
yes. But Democrats and Republicans, exactly as many, two thirds say, no, there
was no connection.
Sixty-two percent of Republicans think that Saddam Hussein was PERSONALLY involved in the 9/11 attacks. Not financially, not ideologically, but personally.
That's nearly a 2/3 majority of the Grand Ole' Party.
I used to wonder why anyone would vote a chimp like Bush into the White House. I used to rationalize it by telling myself that the majority of the nation did NOT vote for Bush, and that people can still be considered rational, if not intelligent.
Then I get this.
It's a miracle my head hasn't exploded from cognitive dissonance.