September 04, 2006
"According to a Scripps Howard/Ohio University poll carried out in July, more than one-third of Americans (36 %) suspect U.S. officials helped in the September 11 attacks or took no action to stop them so the United States could later go to war." -Washington Post
I've been aware of college campus 9-11 conspiracy theories (even as curricula) for a while, but had no idea so many Americans put stock into what I assumed was a fringe movement. I'm not going to debunk the conspiracy theory here because the debunking has already been achieved by Popular Mechanics magazine of all outfits. Suffice it to say that if you believe in 9/11 conspiracy theories, you are a crackpot and as I will attempt to prove, most likely a leftie as well.
While I personally believe that almost all of the 36% in this poll could be found to be on the left side of the aisle, in fairness lets conservatively assume that two thirds of those that believe that the US government had a hand in or took no action to prevent 9/11 could be described as Democrats.
Math dictates that two thirds of 36 is 24. So, 24 percent of the population buys into this conspiracy theory and are Democrats. After taking into account the roughly 20 percent of Americans who can be considered to be the independent/middle of the road swing vote percentage of the population, we arrive at 40 percent of the population that can be considered Democrats. In other words, for purposes of this discussion, lets assume that Democrats and Republicans each have their own 40 percent of the population.
So, 24 of the 40 percent of all left leaning individuals believe that our government had a hand in 9/11.
I know that detractors of what I'm saying here will question my logic, but in the end I believe it to be a fair statement to say that based on the results of this poll, cross-referenced with what we know of simple demographics, roughly half of all Democrats buy into this crackpot conspiracy theory that Bush planned 9-11 and so on. Do we now begin to see at least part of the reason why the majority of Americans don’t trust Democrats on issues of national security? The observation that at least half of all Democrats believe in this conspiracy fantasy regarding 9/11, is another indication that Dems are not ideal candidates when considering who should lead us in the dangerous era in which we live, known as the age of terror.