Public Not Buying Republican Misinformation on 9/11

The latest Gallup Poll has bad news for the Republicans. Polls are a poor way to settle the debate over who is more responsible for 9/11, but the polls are a fair measure of how the Republican misinformation campaign is working at the moment. The Republicans, who have a very serious problem if the pubic ever figures out how badly they messed up defending the country from terrorism both before and after 9/11, have been launching a misinformation campaign designed to place the blame on Bill Clinton rather than on George Bush where it belongs. The specific question is only on blame for failure to capture bin Laden, but it likely provides a clue as to how people are buying the whole blame game on terrorism.
The latest Gallup Poll shows that the Republican attempts to blame Clinton may not be working:

According to a recent Gallup Panel survey, the American public puts the primary blame on Bush rather than Clinton for the fact that bin Laden has not been captured. A majority of Americans say Bush is more to blame (53%), compared with 36% blaming Clinton.

As with any poll, this is a snap shot of a particular point in time. The Republicans have been spreading misinformation for years, and had a recent prime time miniseries promoting their views, while the Democrats have just begun to fight back. It will be interesting, and significant for the upcoming election, if the Democrats can shift more votes.

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    janet says:

    I just saw this and this is remarkable. I am so glad Hillary came out and said yesterday that if her husband had seen the pdb, he would not have ignored it. I always felt that if Gore or Kerry or Clinton had been president, that 9/11 would not have happened–at least not to the extent it did.

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    Ron Chusid says:

    There is no way to tell for sure what would have happened if someone else was President, but virtually anyone else would have at least made an honest effort to respond to the warnings.

    Also imagine what would have happened if the 9/11 attack occured with a Democratic President. The Republican campaigns would have been centered around the failure to keep the country safe.

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