“Why did you come to Casablanca, Rick?”
“I came here for the ocean”
“What ocean? we’re in the desert.”
“I was misinformed.”
This famous dialogue from the 1942 hit movie Casablanca, could also be written for a Bush voter: they really were misinformed. Checkout these numbers from the University of Maryland Program on International Policy Atttitudes (PIPA). This is NOT some partisan group, indeed the PIPA is underwritten by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Ford Foundation, hardly ultra-left-wing organizations. The following can be found in the updated edition of John Dean’s Worse Than Watergate (pg. 203-04).
72% of Bush voters believed Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. Only 26% of Kerry voters had this misconception.
Although the well-publicized Duelfur report had said that there were no WMD’s in Iraq, 57% of Bush voters thought Duelfer had reported exactly the opposite. Only 23% of Kerry supporters had this misimpression.
Despite the widely reported findings of the 9/11 Commission that there was no evidence that Iraq provided any significant support to Al Qaeda, 75% of Bush voters believed Iraq had provided such support, only 30% of Kerry supporters had this information wrong.
It gets worse. 51% of Bush voters believed that Bush “is addressing global warming” while an overwhelming majority of Bush voters believed Bush supports “multilateral approaches.”
There is a silver lining here, and it may help explain Bush’s re-election as well as his drop in popularity (Katrina notwithstanding): Both Kerry and Bush supporters agreed that the United States should not have gone to war if there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq or if there was no support of al Qaeda by Saddam.”