Yes, there is a group of people stupid enough to get most of their news from the Fox News Channel.
Now a new study confirms that not only are these people stupid, but they’re also ignorant:
Study: Wrong impressions helped support Iraq war
By FRANK DAVIES
Knight Ridder Newspapers
WASHINGTON – A majority of Americans have held at least one of three mistaken impressions about the U.S.-led war in Iraq, according to a new study released Thursday, and those misperceptions contributed to much of the popular support for the war.
The three common mistaken impressions are that:
U.S. forces found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
There’s clear evidence that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein worked closely with the Sept. 11 terrorists.
People in foreign countries generally either backed the U.S.-led war or were evenly split between supporting and opposing it.
Overall, 60 percent of Americans held at least one of those views in polls reported between January and September by the Program on International Policy Attitudes, based at the University of Maryland in College Park, and the polling firm, Knowledge Networks based in Menlo Park, Calif.
“While we cannot assert that these misperceptions created the support for going to war with Iraq, it does appear likely that support for the war would be substantially lower if fewer members of the public had these misperceptions,” said Steven Kull, who directs Maryland’s program.
In fact, no weapons of mass destruction have been found in Iraq. U.S. intelligence has found no clear evidence that Saddam was working closely with al-Qaida or was involved in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Gallup polls found large majorities opposed to the war in most countries.
PIPA’s seven polls, which included 9,611 respondents, had a margin of error from 2 to 3.5 percent.
The analysis released Thursday also correlated the misperceptions with the primary news source of the mistaken respondents. For example, 80 percent of those who said they relied on Fox News and 71 percent of those who said they relied on CBS believed at least one of the three misperceptions.
The comparable figures were 47 percent for those who said they relied most on newspapers and magazines and 23 percent for those who said they relied on PBS or National Public Radio.
Fox tops the Chart of Ignorance, but other TV stations follow close behind. It’s worth noting, however, that Fox News watchers are three times more likely to suffer from all three delusions than the next nearest group. Hardly any of the NPR/PBS group possessed all three insanities.
Check out the study.
Oh, and for you Fox News watchers who don’t understand any of the above, let me translate it into Foxspeak for you:
Fox News watchers are the most obedient and patriotic of all U.S. citizens.
(Good graphic and comments over at CalPundit.)Powered by Sidelines