So, you think you are becoming surrounded by idiots?

Well, you’re right.

One-third of Americans believe that the federal government of the United States was involved in the terrorist attack of September 11th, 2001.

I tend to discount this figure by the number of people included who said it was “somewhat likely.” These dilettantes did not seriously consider the question. “Yeah, dude, whatever.” That particular percentage is not broken out in the Scripps Howard poll. A serious deficiency in credibility results. Still:

Seventy percent of people who give credence to these theories also say they’ve become angrier with the federal government than they used to be.

This could mean that thirty percent were already so enraged that just couldn’t get any angier. It could mean that. But, if around twenty-five million Americans are at the absolute apex of apoplexy already, one would expect huge demonstations and riots all over the country, and definitely more domestic terrorism than we observe. Where is the Symbionese Liberation Army when you need them?

Further, it just seems unlikely that the State sanctioned murder of three-thousand people would not at least slightly tweak the adrenal glands of even the most jaded moonbat.

The demography would be more interesting if we could see the group overlaps. For example, age and ethnicity aside, I bet these people all vote Democrat.

The poll found that a majority of young adults give at least some credence to a 9/11 conspiracy compared to less than a fourth of people 65 or older. Members of racial and ethnic minorities, people with only a high school education and Democrats were especially likely to suspect federal involvement in 9/11.

Sadly, these people do vote. Just ask Joe Lieberman.

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  1. Dude, it’s the same percentage of people who think the government killed Kennedy and is hiding information about aliens. A substantial subgroup of Americans believe, and in fact probably love, conspiracy theories here.I went to the pole looking for methodological problems as well, but the second to last paragraph probably invalidates any political utility (though you’d need to look at the crosstab to be sure).