Friday, July 23, 2004

Preaching to the Choir

According to a Los Angeles Times poll, Fahrenheit 9/11 is preaching to the choir:
The survey found that "Fahrenheit" is drawing an overwhelmingly Democratic audience, and of the Republicans who have ventured to see it, few appear to be swayed. . . .

Of the 1,529 registered voters surveyed in the poll, conducted nationwide July 17-21, 9% had seen Moore's film, which has taken in more than $97 million since it opened last month and established itself as the highest-grossing feature-length documentary ever. Of those who have seen the movie, 78% identified themselves as Democrats, 9% as independents and 6% as Republicans.

Predictably, the vast majority of those who had seen the film -- 92% -- said they were planning to vote for Sen. John F. Kerry and Sen. John Edwards for president. Only 3% planned to vote for Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.

Seventy-nine percent of those who had seen "Fahrenheit" said the film would not change their November votes; 18% said it made them more likely to vote against Bush; and 3% said it bolstered their resolve to vote for him. (John Horn, "Public Keeping Its Cool Over Election Effect of 'Fahrenheit,'" July 23, 2004)
The poll's findings are in keeping with the "sharp geographical divide" between the audiences of Fahrenheit 9/11 and The Passion of the Christ: "Two Americas of Fahrenheit 9/11 and The Passion of the Christ" (July 14, 2004).

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