Sunday, February 25, 2007

Most Americans Think Less Than 10,000 Iraqis Have Died

Among those polled for the AP survey, however, the median estimate of Iraqi deaths was 9,890. The median is the point at which half the estimates were higher and half lower.

Gelpi said that while Americans may not view Iraqi deaths through the same prism as American losses, they may use the Iraqi death toll to gauge progress, or lack thereof, on the U.S. effort to promote a stable, secure democracy in Iraq.

The AP-Ipsos poll of 1,002 adults, conducted Feb. 12-15, had a 3 percentage point margin of error.

Ok, a small request to the media here. Over 50% of Americans are woefully uninformed. 50% believe less than 9,890 Iraqis have died in this war. I would love to see the numbers after that point. Do 70% believe it's less than 15,000?

It goes back in my mind to the polling about Iraq's involvement in 9/11 when the majority who elected George W. Bush in 2004 were falsely convinced of Saddam's involvement. The media basically didn't try hard enough to prevent the false propoganda with Cheney and Bush putting Iraq and 9/11 in the same sentence continually. Your job is to inform.

What would the results be if the media collectively say this next week, informed the American people that most estimates are in the hundreds of thousands? Each newscast, each cable show devoting just 2 minutes to this. Cut the Anna Nicole Smith piece from 5 minutes to 3 one night and you could do a very good job of ending the ignorance.

This is a do over, a second chance, please take it. The war is a quagmire, and people have turned against it thinking that things are actually going a hell of a lot better than they are. I know Americans have the right to know what K-Fed thinks of Brittney's latest rehab stint, but for pete's sake here. 50% of Americans at least need you to do your freaking job better.


Pseudonymous in nc gives a link of the partial results of the survey. Adding the numbers together, 73% of Americans believe 50,000 or less Iraqis have died since this conflict began. The ignorance is kind of heartbreaking.