PIPA Study – most Americans misinformed

“The latest PIPA study is remarkable because it shows that public perceptions about Iraq, or at least about the threat it posed before the U.S. invasion, are lagging far behind what acknowledged experts have themselves concluded and whose findings have been reported in the mass media.” (http://www.pipa.org/OnlineReports/Pres_Election_04/Report09_29_04.pdf)
75% believe Iraq was providing substantial support to al Qaeda.
“Despite statements by such officials as the Bush administration’s former chief weapons inspector, David Kay; its former anti-terrorism chief, Richard Clarke; former chief United Nations weapons inspector Hans Blix, as well as admissions by senior administration officials themselves, a majority of the public still believes Iraq was closely tied to the al-Qaeda terrorist group and had WMD stocks or programs before U.S. troops invaded the country 13 months ago.”
74% believe Bush favors including labor and environmental standards in agreements on trade.
Opposes incorporating labor and environmental standards into trade agreements.”
72% believe Bush supports the treaty banning landmines.
“The United States, the world’s largest contributor to humanitarian demining programs, has not signed the Treaty. Therefore, the ICBL decided to hold its global meeting in Washington, DC in early March to pressure the United States to ban antipersonnel landmines. To date, the Bush Administration has not made any policy statements on the landmines issue.”
69% believe Bush supports the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.
“In its first six months, the Bush administration has been examining ways to escape permanently from an unratified international agreement banning nuclear tests, just as it has moved to scrap the Antiballistic Missile Treaty and has rebelled against a global warming pact that it believes would cripple American industry.”
61% believe if Bush knew there were no WMD he would not have gone to war.
“(CBS) CBS News has learned that barely five hours after American Airlines Flight 77 plowed into the Pentagon, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld was telling his aides to come up with plans for striking Iraq – even though there was no evidence linking Saddam Hussein to the attacks. ”
58% believe the Duelfer report concluded that Iraq had either WMD or a major program to develop them.
“The main finding of the top US arms inspector for Iraq, Charles Duelfer, was that his team couldn’t find any major weapons stockpiles in Iraq and that Mr. Hussein had not kept an active capability to resume his chemical, biological, or nuclear weapons program.”
57% believe that the majority of people in the world would prefer to see Bush reelected.
“Over the summer, University of Maryland researchers asked citizens of 35 countries how they would vote between Bush and Kerry. The result? 30 of the 35 voted for Kerry.
Kerry won all but one European country polled.”
56% believe most experts think Iraq had WMD.
“According to the Administration’s handpicked weapon’s inspector, Charles Duelfer, there is “no evidence that Hussein had passed illicit weapons material to al Qaeda or other terrorist organizations, or had any intent to do so.”
55% believe the 9/11 report concluded Iraq was providing substantial support to al Qaeda.
“The panel said it found “no credible evidence that Iraq and al Qaeda cooperated on attacks against the United States.” ”
“Bush, responding to criticism of Cheney’s comment, said there was no evidence Saddam’s government was linked to the September 11 attacks.”
51% believe Bush supports the Kyoto treaty.
“As you know, I oppose the Kyoto Protocol because it exempts 80 percent of the world, including major population centers such as China and India, from compliance, and would cause serious harm to the U.S. economy. ”
“I do not believe, however, that the government should impose on power plants mandatory emissions reductions for carbon dioxide, which is not a “pollutant” under the Clean Air Act. ”
100 Facts about the Bush Administration
More than 1,100 US troops have been killed in Iraq due to a war that was based on lies. There was no connection between 9/11 and Iraq.
The Bush Administration eliminated protections on more than 200 million acres of public lands.”
The Bush Administration gutted clean-air standards for aging power plants, resulting in at least 20,000 premature deaths each year.”
President Bush broke his promise to place limits on carbon dioxide emissions, an essential step in combating global warming. ”
“Days after 9/11, the Bush Administration told people living near Ground Zero that the air was safe–even though they knew it wasn’t–subjecting hundreds of people to unnecessary, debilitating ailments.”
The Bush Administration created a massive tax loophole for SUVs–allowing, for example, the write-off of the entire cost of a new Hummer.”
The Bush Administration said that even though the weed killer atrazine was seeping into water supplies–creating, among other bizarre creatures, hermaphroditic frogs–there was no reason to regulate it.”
“Early this year, Congress once again blocked the Bush administration from handing the keys to Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge over to the oil industry. Both the House and the Senate rejected a Bush administration proposal to include projected revenues from oil and gas leases in the refuge in the fiscal year 2005 budget.”
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