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Matter of Opinion

Believe it or not

It might be appalling that 10 percent of Americans believe Barack Obama is a Muslim, despite all of the reports to the contrary. Guess those bogus e-mails have an effect.

But when you consider what else Americans think, it starts to make sense. Ben Smith at, compiled these beliefs based on public opinion surveys:

"22 percent believe President Bush knew about the 9/11 attacks in advance.
30 percent believe Saddam had weapons of mass destruction.
23 percent believe they've been in the presence of a ghost.
18 percent believe the sun revolves around the Earth."

Are you in any of those minority groups?

A Matter of Opinion is really a matter of three opinions – those held by the people responsible for the opinion pages of The Spokesman-Review. Check in regularly to find out what they’re up to, what they think and where they differ and to joust with them if you want.