Saturday, August 27, 2005

The 12% Solution

A new Rasmussen poll indicates that mainstream media outlets have been vastly exaggerating the size of the so-called "Peace" movement:
August 26, 2005--Just 12% of Americans believe that withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq will stop terror attacks like the summer bombings in London. A Rasmussen Reports survey found that 71% disagree and say that troop withdrawal will not lead to an end of terrorist attacks.

The survey also found that 54% of Americans believe the situation will get worse in Iraq if U.S. troops are withdrawn. Twenty percent (20%) take the opposite view and believe the situation will get better.
Network news reports, especially NBC, have been presenting people like Cindy Sheehan as part of a large and growing movement. Whether the media distortions are deliberate or simply the result of journalistic incompetence is open to question.

Via The Jawa Report.