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Zogby International Poll: "Half of New Yorkers Believe U.S. Lead ers Had Foreknowledge. . ."

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  • Kasten, Kathy
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    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 31, 2004
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      Poll: 50% of NYC Says U.S. Govt Knew
      Zogby International
      Polling/Market Research
      Public Relations Services
      Marketing Strategies

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Monday, Aug. 30, 2004
      Half of New Yorkers Believe U.S. 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

      (Utica, NY) - 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 claim.

      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 NY 9/11 Truth, 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." (Contact: nicholas@..., Tel. 917.295.4929)

      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 9/11 Commission 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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