Last year I posted a comment about separate realities of Bush and Kerry supporters. More than a year later, many Americans Still Believe Hussein Had Links to al Qaeda.
Sizeable minorities of Americans still believe Saddam Hussein had "strong links to al Qaeda," a Harris Interactive poll shows, though the number has fallen substantially this year.
About 22% of U.S. adults believe Mr. Hussein helped plan 9/11, the poll shows, and 26% believe Iraq had weapons of mass destruction when the U.S. invaded. Another 24% believe several of the 9/11 hijackers were Iraqis, according to the online poll of 1,961 adults.
However, all of these beliefs have declined since February of this year, when 64% of those polled believed Mr. Hussein had strong links to al Qaeda and 46% said Mr. Hussein helped plan 9/11. At that time, more than a third said Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and 44% said several of the 9/11 hijackers were Iraqis.
The last year's report was that there still is a lot of cognitive dissonance at work. I did not believe then that 40% of the US population was suffering from such dissonance; but today even after Pres. Bush has admitted on being wrong on these counts, if a quarter of the population is still in the dark, I do not know what to say.