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... gateway to the next Progressive Era?
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Wednesday, September 04, 2002

 
--- Which is the Safe Play? ---

Remarkable. Per this 8/29/02 ABC News Poll, 40% of US adults think it "would create a greater risk of further terrorism to this country -- if the United States DOES take military action against Iraq" (against 47% who believe inaction is riskier).

It's the correct answer -- "um, we're not sure, ask again later" -- but as a polling result it doesn't sound right. Maybe a small or biased (summer vacation) sample. Maybe half the folks misunderstood the question. Or maybe, out of necessity, We the People are evolving more nuanced views of issues we'd rather not even have views of.