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  • Eric Hamell
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      >From: Ted Glick <indpol@...>
      >Reply-To: indpol@...
      >To: ippn-announce@...
      >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
      >than
      > > 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
      >I
      > > could add something of value to the national debate. Lacking the
      >resources
      > > of the corporate media giants, I had to improvise a new polling
      >technique.
      > > Instead of making phone calls to a thousand or so well-selected
      >households,
      > > 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
      >Gallup
      > > 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
      >somewhat
      > > 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
      >"no."
      > > 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
      >we
      > > 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
      >suspect
      > > 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
      >told
      > > "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
      >therefore
      > > concluded (with 95% confidence � 3%) that 97% of my friends and
      >associates
      > > oppose a continuation of this war.
      > >
      > > Now if you think my headline for this story is misleading, you
      >might
      > > want to look more closely at the headline USA TODAY used in reporting
      >one
      > > 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
      >U.S.
      > > 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
      >"yes")
      > >
      > > 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
      >to
      > > 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
      >you
      > > 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
      >hear
      > > a headline about how many people are merrily riding along on the U.S.
      >war
      > > 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
      >are
      > > 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
      >
      >--
      >Ted Glick
      >IPPN National Coordinator
      >P.O. Box 1041, Bloomfield, N.J. 07003
      >www.ippn.org, 973-338-5398
      >"I am firmly convinced that the passionate will for justice and truth has
      >done
      >more to improve (the human condition) than calculating political shrewdness
      >which in the long run only breeds general mistrust." Albert Einstein
      >
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