October 22, 2004


Iraq, 9/11, Al Qaeda and Weapons of Mass Destruction: What the Public Believes Now, According to Latest Harris Poll (The Harris Poll® #79, October 21, 2004)

If President George Bush is re-elected it will be because he succeeded in persuading most people that his sense of what happened in Iraq, and why, is more accurate than that of his critics.

Large majorities of the public accept many of the president’s positions:

* 90 percent of U.S. adults believe that Saddam Hussein would have made weapons of mass destruction if he could have.

* 76 percent believe that the Iraqis are better off now than they were under Saddam Hussein.

* 63 percent believe that history will give the U.S. credit for bringing freedom and democracy to Iraq.

* 63 percent believe that Iraq, under Saddam Hussein, was a serious threat to U.S. security.

* 62 percent believe that Saddam Hussein had strong links to Al Qaeda (a claim which Vice President Cheney has made more than President Bush).

The attempt by the Democrats to portray the war in Iraq as a waste, especially the unfortunate but minimal loss of American life, is simply a non-starter with all but their own little 30-40%.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 22, 2004 1:27 PM

If these poll numbers are accurate then Kerry should be toast as they line up right with the Bush position and against the Kerry position.

Posted by: AWW at October 22, 2004 1:41 PM

Better watch out for the "minimal waste of life" thing Orrin, you saw what happpened here the other day. It was quite entertaining though.

Posted by: BJW at October 22, 2004 2:12 PM


The ravings of the emotionally labile and morally unserious can't make the losses massive.

Posted by: oj at October 22, 2004 2:17 PM


'Labile' is a great word. It's rare that I get chased to a dictionary so thank you, I really appreciate that.

My choice would have been 'feckless' though, it is more condemnatory of their purported moral posturing.

Posted by: Bart at October 22, 2004 3:42 PM

90 percent of U.S. adults believe that Saddam Hussein would have made weapons of mass destruction if he could have.

I know which end of the IQ bell curve the remaining 10% is on.

Posted by: PapayaSF at October 22, 2004 3:56 PM

So this is what all the shouting and raving, all the demonstrations, Web columns, op-ed articles, human shields, group apology photos, etc. have come to. A colossal flop in persuading a majority of the public of the rightness of the anti-war positions.

Posted by: Joe at October 22, 2004 4:17 PM

What in the world is wrong with the 24% who believe that the Iraqis were better off under Saddam Hussein ?

One needn't agree with the US invasion to recognize that Saddam was a very bad hombre, or rather demonio.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen at October 22, 2004 5:41 PM