Thursday, August 10, 2006

50-30-42: The Combination to the Mind of Mainstream America

Crunching the numbers is painful these days. If this keeps up I'm going to need at least a root canal, if not a lobotomy, before too long. At any rate, after a long day what better way to blow off some steam than by taking a look at some recent poll results that are so mind-bogglingly absurd they could almost be funny. Almost. Unfortunately, they're actually quite depressing.

Here are the numbers:

First, in Iraq, (1) WMDs are making a comeback. 50% of Americans believe that Iraq had WMDs in 2003, up from 36% last year. This might be slightly less shocking when you consider that (2) fully 30% of Americans can't even remember in what year the impetus for that fruitless search for WMDs, the September 11th attacks, occurred. But asking people to contemplate 2001 is still comparatively easier than asking them to contemplate something even older like, say, the origin of mankind. There (3) 42% still believe that "life on Earth has existed in its present form since the beginning of time."

The numbers speak for themselves, and what they say about Americans is far from flattering.


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