Study: Wrong impressions helped support Iraq war, Knight Ridder Newspapers

Misperceptions, The Media and The Iraq War, October 2, 2003 Report by PIPA/KN

Content of the above PIPA/KN October 2, 2003 Report:
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                                                three polls, conducted over June through September
                                Links Between Iraq and Al Qaeda
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                                                Perceived Iraq-Al Qaeda Relationship
                                                Saddam Hussein and 9/11
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                                Evidence of Links to al-Qaeda
                                                Perception:  Evidence of Iraqi-Al Qaeda Link Found
                                Weapons of Mass Destruction
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                                                Perception:  Weapons of Mass Destruction Have Been Found
                                                Perception:  Chemical and Biological Weapons Have Been Used
                                World Public Opinion
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                                                Perception:   World Public Opinion on War With Iraq
                                                Perception: European Public Opinion on War With Iraq
                                Composite Analysis
                                                three polls, conducted in June, July, and August-September
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                                                60% had at least one of these three unambiguous misperceptions
                                                8% had all three of the misperceptions
                                                Frequency of Misperceptions
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                                POLLS OF WORLD PUBLIC OPINION ON THE IRAQ WAR
                                Misperceptions of Attitudes in the Islamic World
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                                Misperceptions and Support for War
                                Links to al-Qaeda
                                                Pre-War (Feb 03) Approval for Unilateral Action and Beliefs About al Qaeda Links
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                                                Support for War and Misperception of Evidence of Iraqi Links to al Qaeda
                                Weapons of Mass Destruction
                                                Support for the War and Misperception Iraqi WMD Found
                                World Public Opinion
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                                                Support for War and Perceptions of World Public Opinion
                                Composite Analysis
                                                Support for War and Cumulative Effect of Misperceptions
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                                Variations in Misperceptions According to Source of News
                                                Primary source of news
                                Composite Analysis
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                                                Frequency of Misperceptions
                                                Number of misperceptions per respondent
                                                News Source vs. Average rate per misperception
                                Evidence of Links Between Iraq and Al Qaeda
                                                Evidence of Links Between Iraq and al-Qaeda
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                                Weapons of Mass Destruction
                                                Weapons of Mass Destruction
                                World Public Opinion
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                                                World Public Opinion
                                The Effect of Demographic Variations in Audience
                                                Fox viewers are more Republican
                                                PBS-NPR is higher in education and less Republican
                                                Looking just at Republicans
                                                Republican Fox viewers
                                                Republicans who get their news from PBS-NPR
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                                                Average Rate of Misperceptions Among Republicans According to News Sources
                                Misperceptions According to Level of Attention to News
                                Evidence of Al-Qaeda Link
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                                Weapons of Mass Destruction
                                World Public Opinion
                                Misperceptions According to Political Position
                                Support for the President
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                                                Support for President and Frequency of Misperceptions
                                Evidence Of Al-Qaeda Link
                                                Support for President and 3 Key Misperceptions
                                Weapons of Mass Destruction
                                World Public Opinion
                                Party Identification
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                                Political Bias Not Full Explanation
                                                Variation in Misperception by Support for President and News Source
                                Compounding Effects of News Exposure and Political Positions
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                                                Exposure to News and Frequency of Misperceptions Among Bush and Democratic Nominee Supporters
                                Support for the War
                                                Exposure to News and Support for War Among Bush and Democratic Nominee Supporters
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A few examples on how "misperceptions" arise

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Updated 27 October 2003