Abou was amazed at the absurdity of Bush supporters. It should really come as no surprise.
Even after the final report of Charles Duelfer to Congress saying that Iraq did not have a significant WMD program, 72% of Bush supporters continue to believe that Iraq had actual WMD (47%) or a major program for developing them (25%). Fifty-six percent assume that most experts believe Iraq had actual WMD and 57% also assume, incorrectly, that Duelfer concluded Iraq had at least a major WMD program. Kerry supporters hold opposite beliefs on all these points.
Similarly, 75% of Bush supporters continue to believe that Iraq was providing substantial support to al Qaeda, and 63% believe that clear evidence of this support has been found. Sixty percent of Bush supporters assume that this is also the conclusion of most experts, and 55% assume, incorrectly, that this was the conclusion of the 9/11 Commission. Here again, large majorities of Kerry supporters have exactly opposite perceptions.
Now, far be it from me to call Bush supporters stupid. That would be a gross oversimplification and an insult to men like John McCain (though I still can’t figure out why he endorsed the incumbent). However, it seems like these people are substantially less likely to question their president, even when his administration makes misleading statements, and some irresponsible corners of the media run with it.