July 21, 2004
If Republicans think Michael Moore’s latest movie is pure Democratic propaganda, they might have some reason to worry, a pollster said.
A statewide survey released Tuesday shows that one out of every seven people questioned said they had not yet made up their minds about which presidential candidate to support. And two-thirds of those people said they intend to see Moore’s film "Fahrenheit 9/11," which is highly critical of the president’s handling of the war on terror.
"The fact that they’re undecided means they’re still looking for information," said pollster Earl de Berge of the Behavior Research Center of the race between President Bush and Sen. John Kerry. "If you’re looking at an election where you may be talking about 1 or 2 percent difference between the winning and losing candidate, all of a sudden a small shift may actually be fairly relevant."
Exactly how close the two candidates are to each other depends on which of two other polls, also released Tuesday, one chooses to believe.
While the movie has generated a great deal of publicity — as well as charges of partiality by Bush supporters, Bob Fannin,
chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, said he is not concerned about people going to see the film.
"I think in some ways something like this is a curiosity more than it is anything that is meaningful to people," he said.
Fannin acknowledged that the movie does hit some emotional chords.
"I’ve had people who are Republicans who have seen it and have become enraged by how biased it is," he said. Fannin, who hasn’t seen the film, said others tell him it is simply a 110-minute commercial for the Kerry presidential campaign.