Poll: Nearly a third of Americans still believe Saddam personally involved in 9/11
A recent New York Times/CBS poll reveals among other things that nearly one-third of Americans still believe that former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was personally involved in the 9/11 terror attacks.
Last month, President Bush stated in a press conference that the former Iraqi dictator had "nothing" to do with the attacks, despite previous statements by Vice President Cheney. The Boston Globe in 2003 said Cheney asserted "that the administration is learning 'more and more' about connections between Al Qaeda and Iraq before the Sept. 11 attacks," surprising analysts and officials at the time who had reviewed Iraq intelligence reports.
The White House also has a webpage which credits some of the confusion to former CIA Director George Tenet, to whom Bush awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004.
The lengthy Times/CBS survey of just over a thousand Americans featured over 80 questions covering a wide variety of political topics.
Some of the highlights of the poll, available in a full PDF file here, follow.
Of those polled, income ranges appeared to be evenly distributed; women (52 percent) slightly outnumbered men (48 percent); identified political affiliation was divided almost equally among Republicans (30 percent), Democrats (32 percent) and independents (32 percent), while political philosophy favored moderates (43 percent) over conservatives (35 percent) and liberals (17 percent).
When asked if they thought of themselves as "evangelical or born again Christians," nearly one-third of respondents agreed, while 68 percent said "no."
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