America: 1 in 4 believe the unthinkable
Date: December 30, 2005 1:56:54 PM EST
Subject: Re: [IP] more on Interesting Harris poll: 24% of Americans still believe that 9/11 hijackers were Iraqis]
On Fri, 2005-12-30 at 10:58 -0500, David Farber wrote:
> I believe that it was John Kenneth Galbraith who observed, given that
> 1/4 of the American populace continued to support Richard Nixon after
> he resigned in disgrace over the Watergate coverup, that you could
> persuade 25% of Americans to believe ANYTHING.
A fellow going by the Nym ShadowThief once wrote:
"Bush could beat a sweet little old lady to death with a bag full of
cute puppies and STILL get 45% of the American people to approve of him.
Reality just does not affect that 45%." -- Shadowthief
A fellow nymed Patmaniac wrote:
"If you believe in the creation of the Universe in 6 days, Adam and Eve,
talking serpents, a man being swallowed by a fish and emerging unharmed
to tell the tale, a trumpet knocking down the walls of Jericho,
Commandments chiseled into stone tablets by a burning bush, an old man
collecting 2 of every animal on earth onto one boat, virgin birth,
walking on water, 900 year old people, raising people from the dead
after their bodies have begun rotting, etc... If you can believe all of
those ridiculous fairy tales, then I guess it isn't such a stretch that
you might also believe that George Bush is a good President". --
Those two quotes describe the phenomenon perfectly.