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The 20-percenters

According to recent surveys, as many Americans– 20 percent– believe Barack Obama is a Muslim as believe socialism is superior to capitalism.

I can’t help wondering if there’s any overlap between those two groups.

According to other surveys, reports Justin Moyer of The Washington Post, 20 percent of Americans also:

. . . reports "excessive sleepiness," according to a recent study by Stanford University’s Sleep Epidemiology Research Center.

. . . believes that the harsh techniques used to interrogate terrorism suspects after Sept. 11, 2001, were torture but still legitimate, according to a 2009 CNN poll.

. . . fears job loss in the next 12 months, according to a recent Gallup poll.

. . . believes in the right of a state to secede, according to a 2008 Zogby poll.

. . . thinks marijuana is more dangerous than alcohol, according to a recent Rasmussen poll.

. . . believes that intelligent beings from other planets have made contact with humans on Earth, according to a 2006 CBS News poll.

. . . skips medical care when sick or injured, according to a Deloitte survey released this month. [Unfortunately in the US, this is sometimes a matter of financial necessity or lack of access to health care.]

. . . believes that the government "enjoys the consent of the governed," according to a February Rasmussen telephone survey.

. . . admits to peeing in pools, according to a 2009 survey by the Water Quality and Health Council.

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