It’s The Information, Stupid

Please go read this poll, Many Americans Unaware WMD Have Not Been Found. It says a lot about what’s going on in the country. It’s the information, stupid.

While 59% of those polled correctly said the US has not found Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, 41% said they believed that the US has found such weapons (34%) or were unsure (7%).

Another widespread misperception is that Iraq actually used chemical or biological weapons in the war. Twenty-two percent held this misperception, with 9% being unsure, while 69% correctly said that Iraq had not used such weapons.

Asked, “Thinking back to when the US government was making the case for going to war with Iraq, according to the government, what was the most important reason for going to war with Iraq?” 60% said “the evidence that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction,” and 19% said “the evidence that Iraq was working with the terrorist group al’Qaeda.” But 20% said the most important reason was “the fact that Saddam Hussein was an oppressive dictator.” Asked for the second most important reason, another 32% chose “the fact that Saddam Hussein was an oppressive dictator,” while weapons of mass destruction were chosen by 24% and links to al’Qaeda by 42%.

Got that? We went to war because Iraq HAD weapons of mass destruction, and because they were working with al-Queda. They used WMD against us during the war, and those WMD have been found.

It seems like we have such a struggle in front of us, when the public isn’t even getting basic factual information. One thing that we CAN do at this stage is work to get people informed. I can’t think of anything more important. Please write to everyone in your address book to let them know that there are places they can get honest news. Look at the way MoveOn and the Dean campaign have been able to get their message out. But we need to add more people to the “base” of people who are getting honest information. I think the most important place to tell them about is BuzzFlash, because it offers frequently updated headlines of basic news. And, of course, refer them to your favorite weblogs.