Public Misperception Public Misperception misperception us_interventions_project August 2002 org.ccr.persist.link.TimelineLink@97d017_1 false 1 ------ A USA Today poll shows 86% of the American public as thinking Baghdad is giving support to terrorist groups planning to strike America, with more than half believing Saddam had a hand in 9/11. [[ http://europe.cnn.com/2002/ALLPOLITICS/08/26/time.iraq/ | CNN Article ]] ====== Jan 2003 american_misperception false 1 ------ Leading up to the war, polls indicate widespread misperception regarding Iraq - a meagre 17% of Americans realise that none of the Sept. 11 hijackers were Iraqi, and 41% believe Iraq already has nuclear weapons (again a claim which not even the Bush Administration has made). [[ http://www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/4920860.htm | Knight Ridder poll ]] [[ http://bernie.house.gov/documents/articles/20030328175457.asp | Article ]] [[ http://www.editorandpublisher.com/editorandpublisher/headlines/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1848576 | Article ]] [[ http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/editorialsopinion/134620660_sigars24.html | Article ]] [[ http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/front/6085261.htm | Article ]] [[ http://www.guerrillanews.com/cgi-bin/wwwthreads/showflat.pl?Cat=&Board=quote&Number=140082&page=2&view=collapsed&sb=5&o=0&part= | Article ]] ------ Another poll taken around the same time finds a full 81% of Americans believing Iraq poses a threat to the US. [[ http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=127&ncid=742&e=13&u=/030630/7/4jscz.html | Yahoo article ]] ====== Mar 18, 2003 org.ccr.persist.link.TimelineLink@97d017_4 false 1 ------ A CNN poll taken just two days before the war shows just how successfull the US propaganda machine has been in getting the American public to back the war - a full 51% of Americans are polled as believing that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was responsible for [[ september_11 | September 11 ]]. Although the Bush Administration has tried hard ([[ no_link | and failed ]]) to establish links between Saddam and Al Qaeda, not even he has ever gone so far as to accuse Saddam of direct involvement in 9-11. [[ http://www.editorandpublisher.com/editorandpublisher/headlines/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1848576 | Article ]] [[ http://www.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/meast/03/11/Iraq.Qaeda.link/ | Article ]] [[ http://bernie.house.gov/documents/articles/20030328175457.asp | Article ]] [[ http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/front/6085261.htm | Article ]] [[ http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/editorialsopinion/134620660_sigars24.html | Article ]] [[ http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0314/p02s01-woiq.htm | Article ]] ====== June 2003 org.ccr.persist.link.TimelineLink@97d017_6 false 1 ------ Another poll gives some insight as to why, as shown above, half of America believe Saddam Hussein to be responsible for the attacks - 7 in 10 Americans polled say the Bush administration implied that Iraq and its leader, Saddam Hussein, were involved in the Sept. 11 attacks. [[ http://www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/4920860.htm | Article ]] ====== June 2003 org.ccr.persist.link.TimelineLink@97d017_5 false 1 ------ A third of the American public is polled as believing US forces to have found WMD in Iraq, with 22% actually believing Iraq to have used chemical or biological weapons in the war, despite no WMD having being either found or used. [[ http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/front/6085261.htm | Philadelphia Inquirer article ]] [[ http://www.khilafah.com/home/category.php?DocumentID=7527&TagID=2 | Article ]] [[ http://www.bayarea.com/mld/cctimes/news/6093501.htm | Article ]] [[ http://www.charleston.net/stories/061503/ter_15poll.shtml | Article ]] ====== August 2003 org.ccr.persist.link.TimelineLink@97d017_7 false 1 ------ Polls show the American public believing the coalition fatalities in Iraq to be no higher than 50, at a time when the actual official figure lies at 295. [[ http://www.iraqwar.ru./iraq-read_article.php?articleId=14364 | Article ]] ====== September 2003 org.ccr.persist.link.TimelineLink@97d017_8 false 1 ------ New polls repeat the picture shown back in June - 7 in 10 Americans continue to believe it to be 'likely or very likely Saddam Hussein was involved in Sept. 11'. [[ http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A32862-2003Sep5.html | Washington Post article ]] [[ http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A3549-2003Sep12.html | Article ]] ======