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"But if the cause be not good, the king himself hath a heavy reckoning to make, when all those legs and arms and heads, chopped off in battle, shall join together at the latter day and cry all 'We died at such a place;' some swearing, some crying for a surgeon, some upon their wives left poor behind them, some upon the debts they owe, some upon their children rawly left. I am afeard there are few die well that die in a battle; for how can they charitably dispose of any thing, when blood is their argument? Now, if these men do not die well, it will be a black matter for the king that led them to it; whom to disobey were against all proportion of subjection." (Henry V, Act V, Scene 4)

Friday, June 08, 2007

Poll: Same Number Know About Edwards' $400 Haircut That Know Saddam Didn't Have WMDs

Poll: Same Number Know About Edwards' $400 Haircut That Know Saddam Didn't Have WMDs

By Greg Sargent

Here's some cheery news for a Friday. Buried in the new Fox News poll is a startling number that doesn't reflect terribly well on the priorities of our political media:

From the new Fox poll of registered voters:

32. Do you happen to know which presidential candidate has been in the news recently for paying four hundred dollars for a haircut?

Edwards 44%
Hillary 2%
Obama 1%
Other 1%
Don't know 53%

So astonishingly, nearly half of respondents knew about Edwards' haircut and were able to volunteer his name off the top of their heads, as it were.

So just for the fun of it, we went and dug up the most recent poll we could find on the question of whether people know that Saddam didn't have WMDs.

From a Harris Interactive poll on July 21, 2006:

Iraq had weapons of mass destruction when the U.S. invaded.

True 50%
Not True 45%

Only one point more knew Saddam didn't have WMDs -- a statistically identical amount. That's right -- the same number know about Edwards' haircut that knew the truth last year about Saddam and his phantom weapons.

Meanwhile, here's a special Friday bonus! From a Washington Post poll on September 6, 2003 , flagged by Glenn Greenwald in another context:

How likely is it that Saddam Hussein was personally involved in the September 11 attacks? Would you say that it is very likely, somewhat likely, not very likely, or not at all likely?

Likely 69%
Not likely 28%

So nearly 20 percent more know about Edwards' haircut than believed Saddam wasn't behind 9/11 -- two years after the attacks and six whole months after the invasion.

Something's wrong here.


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