October 29, 2006

Polls show Republican base rallying around the idea that bad news from Iraq “made up”

Posted in political satire at 5:57 am by thewashingtonbeltsider

by Terri Firma

A new poll from the Washington Post shows that there has been little change in the overall dynamic as the campaigning for the mid-term election goes into its final stretch, other than an increasingly dogged determination by self-described Republicans that the reports of problems in Iraq are a media sham and part of a conspiracy to dupe them into voting for Democrats. Self-described Democrats and Independents continue to disapprove of the cureent administration’s handling of the war, the economy and national defense, and Republicans express overall support for the administration in these areas, but the number who now strongly agree with the idea “everything that doesn’t correspond to my beliefs is a lie by the liberal media elites,” has increased to 98% from a high in September of 89%, and the number who now say Iraq is a quagmire from the point of view of Jews, liberals and homeosexuals only, has also increased substantially since the last poll. Registered Republicans who now believe that the news reporting on news from Afghanistan, wildfires, the Jon Benet Ramsey abduction and Tom Cruise’s baby Suri are biased to reflect badly on Republicans tops 95% for the first time, but fewer now believe Oprah Winfrey and Katie Couric are part of a left-wing conspiracy that intends to teach their children to support same sex marriage (60% in September down to 54% this month).

“If they’d stop reporting it, it would stop being true, and then we could all be happy,” is a view that typifies this trend, expressed by Jill Tibbet from Ontario, Maine, a registered Republican, who voted for Bush in 2000 and 2004, and intends to vote the Republican ticket this fall. “Most people I talk to wish FOX News would stop with their liberal propaganda right now.”

Among likely voters, the support for the Republican candidate on a generic poll by registered voters is lower, but there are high percentage of voters in this group who said they would not answer the question because they suspected their poll answer would be used by the liberal press to place Republicans at an unfair disadvantage before the fall election.

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