Wednesday, July 11, 2007

American Ignorance Part Of The Problem

An opinion poll on Scooter Libby that surfaced last week is illustrative of what drives me crazy about American politics. Too many Americans have no desire to learn the truth. They shroud themselves in ignorance.

How else to explain a SurveyUSA news poll on the Scooter Libby case that was done on July 2nd? Despite the fact that the trial over the leaking of Valerie Plame's identity has been in the news for many months, and that Libby's conviction for perjury and obstruction of justice, and the subsequent commutation of his sentence by George W. Bush, has received significant press, this survey showed that a whopping 41% of Americans were not familiar with this case.

41% did not know enough about the Scooter Libby conviction to comment??? Even more shocking, the majority of the nation's women, 51%, were not familiar with it.

And it gets more absurd. When identified by ideology, liberals were the group that were the most ignorant, with 44% professing no familiarity with the case.

While most pundits focused on the 60% of those who were familiar with the case disagreeing with the presidential commutation, nobody pointed out the distressing number of uninformed Americans.

No wonder King George gets away with so much. He leads a populace that has no interest in getting at the truth.

The survey results can be found here.

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