From: Jurriaan Bendien (adsl675281@TISCALI.NL)
Date: Sun Apr 16 2006 - 06:15:46 EDT
The Bush regime seems to be quite successful in whipping up xenophobic hate and fear in the US population. Mark Weisbrot notes that a recent poll showed 80 percent of Americans now believe that if Iran had a nuclear weapon they would give it to terrorists to use against the United States. http://www.cepr.net/columns/weisbrot/2006_04_11.htm A report on this poll is here: http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/02/13/poll.iran/ or alternatively http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2006-02-13-usat-poll_x.htm Yet, as I mentioned, a 2002 National Geographic Society survey found, that only about one in seven of Americans between the age of 18 and 24, the prime age for military recruits, could find Iraq or Iran on a map. http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geosurvey/download/RoperSurvey.pdf . Meanwhile, Roughly half of Americans report economizing in order to compensate for the increase in gas prices over the past year. About half say they have cut back significantly on the amount they drive. Separately, a slim majority (54%) say they have reduced their household spending on other items. Most Americans say they would consider buying a hybrid car when making their next car purchase. http://poll.gallup.com/content/default.aspx?ci=22303 J.
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