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Poll of New Yorkers: US leaders had prior knowledge

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  • Tom
    This poll came out BEFORE the convention. 2/3s say probe needed. This is AFTER the 9/11 commission report. Zogby International Released: August 30, 2004 Half
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 30, 2004
      This poll came out BEFORE the convention.

      2/3s say probe needed. This is AFTER the 9/11 commission report.

      Zogby International

      Released: August 30, 2004

      Half of New Yorkers Believe US Leaders Had Foreknowledge of Impending
      9-11 Attacks and "Consciously Failed" To Act; 66% Call For New Probe
      of Unanswered Questions by Congress or New York's Attorney General,
      New Zogby International Poll Reveals

      On the eve of a Republican National Convention invoking 9/11 symbols,
      sound bytes and imagery, half (49.3%) of New York City residents and
      41% of New York citizens overall say that some of our leaders "knew
      in advance that attacks were planned on or around September 11, 2001,
      and that they consciously failed to act," according to the poll
      conducted by Zogby International. The poll of New York residents was
      conducted from Tuesday August 24 through Thursday August 26, 2004.
      Overall results have a margin of sampling error of +/-3.5.

      The poll is the first of its kind conducted in America that surveys
      attitudes regarding US government complicity in the 9/11 tragedy.
      Despite the acute legal and political implications of this
      accusation, nearly 30% of registered Republicans and over 38% of
      those who described themselves as "very conservative" supported the

      The charge found very high support among adults under 30 (62.8%),
      African-Americans (62.5%), Hispanics (60.1%), Asians (59.4%),
      and "Born Again" Evangelical Christians (47.9%).

      Less than two in five (36%) believe that the 9/11 Commission
      had "answered all the important questions about what actually
      happened on September 11th," and two in three (66%) New Yorkers (and
      56.2% overall) called for another full investigation of the "still
      unanswered questions" by Congress or Elliot Spitzer, New York's
      Attorney General. Self-identified "very liberal" New Yorkers
      supported a new inquiry by a margin of three to one, but so did half
      (53%) of "very conservative" citizens across the state. The call for
      a deeper probe was especially strong from Hispanics (75.6%), African-
      Americans (75.3%) citizens with income from $15-25K (74.3%), women
      (62%) and Evangelicals (59.9%).

      W. David Kubiak, executive director of 911truth.org, the group that
      commissioned the poll, expressed genuine surprise that New Yorkers'
      belief in the administration's complicity is as high or higher than
      that seen overseas. "We're familiar with high levels of 9/11
      skepticism abroad where there has been open debate of the evidence
      for US government complicity. On May 26th the Toronto Star reported a
      national poll showing that 63% of Canadians are also convinced US
      leaders had 'prior knowledge' of the attacks yet declined to act.
      There was no US coverage of this startling poll or the facts
      supporting the Canadians' conclusions, and there has been virtually
      no debate on the victim families' scores of still unanswered
      questions. I think these numbers show that most New Yorkers are now
      fed up with the silence, and that politicians trying to exploit 9/11
      do so at their peril. The 9/11 case is not closed and New York's
      questions are not going away."

      Nicholas Levis of NY911truth.org, an advisor on the poll,
      agrees, "The 9/11 Commission gave us a plenty of 'recommendations',
      but far more plentiful were the discrepancies, gaps and omissions in
      their supposedly 'final' report. How can proposals based on such
      deficient findings ever make us safe? We think these poll numbers are
      basically saying, 'Wait just a minute. What about the scores of still
      outstanding questions? What about the unexplained collapses of WTC 7,
      our air defenses, official accountability, the chain of command on
      9/11, the anthrax, insider trading & FBI field probes? There's so
      much more to this story that we need to know about.' When such a
      huge majority of New Yorkers want a new investigation, it will be
      interesting to see how quickly Attorney General Spitzer and our
      legislators respond."

      SCOPE: The poll covered five areas of related interest: 1) Iraq - do
      New Yorkers think that our leaders "deliberately misled" us before
      the war (51.2% do); 2) the 9/11 Commission - did it answer all
      the "important questions" (only 36% said yes); 3) the inexplicable
      and largely unreported collapse of the third WTC skyscraper on 9/11 -
      what was its number (28% of NYC area residents knew); 4) the question
      on complicity; and 5) how many wanted a new 9/11 probe. All inquiries
      about questions, responses and demographics should be directed to
      Zogby International.

      SPONSOR: 911truth.org is a coalition of researchers, journalists and
      victim family members working to expose and resolve the hundreds of
      critical questions still swirling around 9/11, especially the nearly
      400 questions that the Family Steering Committee filed with the
      9/11Commission which they fought to create. Initially welcomed by the
      commissioners as a "road map" for their inquiry, these queries cut to
      the heart of 9/11 crimes and accountability. Specifically, they
      raised the central issues of motive, means and cui bono (who
      profited?). But the Commission ignored the majority of these
      questions, opting only to explore system failures, miscommunications
      and incompetence. The victim families' most incisive issues remain
      unaddressed to this day. The Zogby International poll was also
      cosponsored by Walden Three (walden3.org) and 9/11 Citizens Watch
      (911citizenswatch.org), a watchdog group which has monitored the
      Commission since its inception and will release its findings, "The
      9/11 Omission Report," in several weeks.

      On September 9th and 11th, 911Truth.org will cosponsor two large
      successive inquiries in New York, a preliminary 9/11 Citizens
      Commission hearing and "Confronting the Evidence: 9/11 and the Search
      for Truth," a research-focused evidentiary forum. These inquiries
      will examine many of the 9/11 Commission-shunned questions and
      discuss preparation of a probable cause complaint demanding a grand
      jury and criminal investigation from the New York Attorney General.
      Possible charges range from criminal negligence and gross dereliction
      of duty to foreknowledge, complicity and subsequent obstruction of
      justice. For details and developments, see www.911truth.org. For
      press info, contact Kyle Hence 212-243-7787 kylehence@...

      Zogby International conducted interviews of 808 adults chosen at
      random in New York State. All calls were made from Zogby
      International headquarters in Utica, N.Y., from 8/24/04 through
      8/26/04. The margin of error is +/- 3.5 percentage points. Slight
      weights were added to region, party, age, race, religion, and gender
      to more accurately reflect the population. Margins of error are
      higher in sub-groups.


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