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Wednesday, September 6, 2006

Partisan divide

Posted By on Wed, Sep 6, 2006 at 12:00 PM

You knew the political parties were polarized, but a recent Zogby poll illustrates how deep the divide. 58 percent of Republicans think the Iraq war was worth the loss of American lives; only 20 percent of Democrats agree with that statement.

Political differences are one thing. Stupidity is another.

The poll indicates that 65 percent of Republicans still think there's a connection between Saddam Hussein and the 9/11 attacks.

Totalitarianism is another. (Significance throughout the poll is that decisive independents trend in the Democrats' direction on many important questions.)

Would you favor allowing these methods if it meant increased protection from terrorist acts?*

OVER-ALL

DEM

GOP

IND

Allowing video surveillance of public places

80%

77%

87%

74%

Allowing your purse, handbag, briefcase, backpack, or packages to be searched at random anywhere

55%

45%

66%

52%

Allowing regular roadblocks to search vehicles

48%

38%

62%

44%

Allowing your car to be searched at random

45%

37%

60%

36%

Allowing your telephone conversations to be monitored

37%

20%

56%

34%

Allowing your mail to be searched at random

36%

26%

49%

31%

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