>From: Ted Glick <indpol@...>
>Subject: [IPPN] [Fwd: Latest Poll Results: 97% Oppose Bush's War]
>Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2001 07:58:06 -0500
>Larry Hagerty wrote:
> > Dear Editor,
> > Here is a survey you probably haven't heard about yet. You have my
> > permission to print and/or distribute this essay in any way you choose.
> > Peace, love, and light,
> > Lawrence Hagerty
> > 2658 Del Mar Heights Rd., #329
> > Del Mar, CA 92014
> > 858-509-0067
> > ===========================
> > Latest Poll Results: 97% Oppose Bush's War
> > Lawrence Hagerty, December 19, 2001
> > Since we live in a country whose leaders value opinion polls more
> > they value the will of the democratic majority of voters, I thought it
> > would be worthwhile to conduct my own survey of public opinion to see if
> > could add something of value to the national debate. Lacking the
> > of the corporate media giants, I had to improvise a new polling
> > Instead of making phone calls to a thousand or so well-selected
> > as the professional polling outfits do, I randomly polled some of my
> > friends and associates. The results were strikingly different than those
> > you hear about on television.
> > In crafting my poll I did my best to follow the guidelines set out in a
> > recent survey that was conducted jointly by USA TODAY, CNN, and the
> > organization. In that poll questions were asked of 1, 019 adults and the
> > pollsters reported they had 95% confidence in the results, within � 3%.
> > Based on the latest U.S. census data, this means that they collected
> > information from 0.000004% of the population. I decided to take a
> > larger sampling and so I polled approximately 3% of my friends and
> > associates.
> > Like other polling professionals, I did not allow my respondents to
> > elaborate on their answers. They were only allowed to answer "yes" or
> > Here are the questions I asked:
> > --Now that U.S. bombs have killed more innocent civilians in
> > Afghanistan than were killed here in the September 11th attacks, should
> > shift from the "war-mode" to a "police-mode" in our quest to exterminate
> > the "evildoers?"
> > --Should we now begin to bomb the other 60 countries that we
> > are harboring terrorists?
> > --Are you willing to surrender your personal privacy and freedom of
> > speech for the rest of your life in order to support a war that we are
> > "will not end in our lifetimes?"
> > It should come as no surprise for you to learn that every person to
> > whom I posed those questions answered "no" to all three. I have
> > concluded (with 95% confidence � 3%) that 97% of my friends and
> > oppose a continuation of this war.
> > Now if you think my headline for this story is misleading, you
> > want to look more closely at the headline USA TODAY used in reporting
> > of their recent polls. The headline read, "Poll finds strong support for
> > expanding terror war." While this poll asked 24 questions, I could only
> > find two that even came close to addressing the issue of the war on
> > terrorism. They were:
> > --How satisfied are you with the amount of progress made by the
> > military in the war in Afghanistan? (92% satisfied)
> > --If the U.S. goes to war in Iraq, do you think it will be as
> > successful as the efforts in Afghanistan have been, or not? (68% said
> > From those two questions alone, USA TODAY appears to have concluded
> > that there is "strong support" for expanding the "terror war." The first
> > three questions in that poll focused on the Bush presidency (in response
> > one of the questions, only 24% of those polled believe Bush won the
> > election "fair and square"). The other 19 questions dealt mainly with
> > various ways of bringing bin Laden to justice.
> > So what are we to make of all these polls? My suggestion is that
> > only trust the polls you conduct yourself. Ask your closest friends the
> > questions I asked, or make up your own. But the next time you read or
> > a headline about how many people are merrily riding along on the U.S.
> > wagon, you might want to take it with a grain of salt. As Arianna
> > Huffington said in a recent editorial: "This willingness to treat the
> > numbers with a reverence ancient Romans reserved for chicken entrails is
> > standard operating procedure for both pundits and politicians � and it
> > often has disastrous consequences."
> > Let us hope that Washington's current strategy of believing the
> > results of dubious opinion polls ends soon, before more innocent people
> > slaughtered.
> > ===============================
> > Other opinions by Lawrence Hagerty (which you also have my permission to
> > use) may be found at
> > http://www.MatrixMasters.com, including:
> > "The Time To Speak Up is Now"
> > http://www.matrixmasters.com/wtc/lch/speakup/speakup.html
> > "Just Say No To Oil"
> > http://www.matrixmasters.com/wtc/lch/nooil/nooil.html
> > "The Fourth Amendment Has Just Been Cancelled"
> > http://www.matrixmasters.com/wtc/lch/endof4/endof4.html
> > "The Difference Between American and Americans"
> > http://www.matrixmasters.com/wtc/lch/avsa/avsa.html
> > "Patriotism and Free Speech"
> > http://www.matrixmasters.com/wtc/lch/freespeech/freespeech.html
> > "A Resonant Event"
> > http://www.matrixmasters.com/wtc/lch/re/re.html
> > "To All Who Are Angry"
> > http://www.matrixmasters.com/wtc/lch/toallangry/toallangry.html
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