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Report Shows Bush Supporters Delusional

Program on International Policy Attitudes. PIPA is a joint program of the Center on Policy Attitudes (COPA) and the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM), School of Public Affairs, University of Maryland.

The report The Separate Realities of Bush and Kerry Supporters

They are bending over backward to be nice about it but on every issue of fact where Bush and Kerry supporters disagree the Bush supporters can be shown to be wrong.

Bush Supporters Still Believe Iraq Had WMD or Major Program,
Supported al Qaeda

Steven Kull, director of PIPA, comments, "To support the president and to accept that he took the US to war based on mistaken assumptions likely creates substantial cognitive dissonance, and leads Bush supporters to suppress awareness of unsettling information about prewar Iraq."

"The roots of the Bush supporters' resistance to information," according to Steven Kull, "very likely lie in the traumatic experience of 9/11 and equally in the near pitch-perfect leadership that President Bush showed in its immediate wake. This appears to have created a powerful bond between Bush and his supporters--and an idealized image of the President that makes it difficult for his supporters to imagine that he could have made incorrect judgments before the war, that world public opinion could be critical of his policies or that the President could hold foreign policy positions that are at odds with his supporters."

Comments

Post-Traumatic Stress Delusion?

I knew they were crazy, and that they were lying to themselves, but I didn't think it was actually a clinical thing.

Maybe calling the funny farm is really an option.
"They are bending over backward to be nice about it but on every issue of fact where Bush and Kerry supporters disagree the Bush supporters can be shown to be wrong."

...And I lay the blame squarely on the democrats for failing, even in the face of overwhelming supporting evidence to make their case to the American people. If the democrats lose this election, they have only themselves to blame. President Bush has given every possible reason to be voted out of office. In spite of this, democrats have failed to make a compelling enough case and are poised to lose this election as a result.

(sorry if that was a bit rant-ish; this is why I usually don't comment on political stuff)

-Rick
I blaim the media.

There is good reason to expect the parties to be partisan, and be sceptical of what they say, but journalists should be reporting when public officals say things that aren't true. Being objective shouldn't mean passing on what the spin doctors say with no comments on the truth of those statements.

I know it....

The media has gotten a pounding though from the Bush Spin machine. If you don't go along with the crowd, you will literally be left not knowing what is going on with their side. Ask a question the wrong way, and they will try to go after the reporter in whatever way possible.

Very interesting

Thanks for posting this. It helps me understand why, in the face of Bush's absymal record, anybody still supports him. Actually, I still don't understand but this helps a little.