Fair, Balanced, Inaccurate
Among those who listed Fox News as their primary source of news, 80% held at least one of the three misperceptions. Among those relying on NPR or PBS, only 23% had the facts wrong. For print sources and the other major TV networks, misperceptions landed between 47% and 71%. Also unsurprising: Such misperceptions appear to be strongly connected to support for the war. Of those who had none of the misperceptions, only 23% nonetheless supported the war. Of those who held at least one, 53% were war supporters; two, 78%; and all three, 86%.
PIPA Director Steven Kull said, "While we cannot assert that these misperceptions created the support for going to war with Iraq, it does appear likely that support for the war would be substantially lower if fewer members of the public had these misperceptions."