The July 21, 2008 New Yorker cover
Americans are divided about the infamous New Yorker cover satirizing attacks on Barack Obama, says a new poll out today.
And, not surprisingly, fellow Democrats are as dismayed as Obama, while Republicans thought it was OK, according to the survey by the Pew Research Center.
Half those surveyed said they had seen the cover, which depicted Obama in Muslim garb fist-bumping his wife Michelle while an American flag burned in the fireplace with a portrait of Osama bin Laden above it.
Among Democrats, 31 percent said it was OK for the magazine to publish it, while 64 percent of Republicans and 59 percent of independents were fine with it. Seventy percent of Democrats, but only 41 percent of Republicans said the cover was offensive.
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