Although the Bush administration continues to exploit September 11
to justify domestic spying, unprecedented spending and a permanent state of
war, a new Zogby poll reveals that less than half of the American public trusts
the official 9/11 story or believes the attacks were adequately investigated.
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The poll is the first scientific survey of Americans' belief in a 9/11 cover
up or the need to investigate possible US government complicity, and was commissioned
to inform deliberations at the June 2~4 "9/11: Revealing the Truth, Reclaiming
Our Future" conference in Chicago. Poll results indicate 42% believe there
has indeed been a cover up (with 10% unsure) and 45% think "Congress or
an International Tribunal should re-investigate the attacks, including whether
any US government officials consciously allowed or helped facilitate their success"
(with 8% unsure). The poll of American residents was conducted from Friday,
May 12 through Tuesday, May 16, 2004. Overall results have a margin of sampling
error of +/- 2.9. All inquiries about questions, responses and demographics
should be directed to Zogby International.
According to Janice Matthews, executive director of 911truth.org, "To
those who have followed the mounting evidence for US government involvement
in 9/11, these results are both heartening and frankly quite amazing, given
the mainstream media's ongoing refusal to cover the most critical questions
of that day. Our August 2004 Zogby poll of New Yorkers showed nearly half believe
certain US officials 'consciously' allowed the attacks to happen and 66% want
a fresh investigation, but these were people closest to the tragedy and most
familiar with facts refuting the official account. This revelation that so many
millions nationwide now also recognize a 9/11 cover up and the need for a new
inquiry should be a wake up call for all 2006 political candidates hoping to
turn this country around. We think it also indicates Americans are awakening
to the larger pattern of deceit that led us into Constitutional twilight and
endless war, and that our independent media may have finally come of age."
Poll co-author, W. David Kubiak concurs, saying: "Despite years of relentless
media promotion, whitewash and 9/11 Commission propaganda, the official 9/11
story still can't even muster 50% popular support. Since this myth has been
the administration's primary source of political and war-making power, this
level of distrust has revolutionary implications for everyone working for peace,
justice and civil liberties. If we ever hope to reclaim this country, end aggression
and restore international respect, we all must finally scrutinize that day when
things started to go so terribly wrong. The media and movement leaders ignore
this call at their peril, because tens of millions are clearly telling us here
they are ready for 9/11 truth."
SCOPE: The poll covered five related areas: 1) Iraq - do Americans
think the Bush administration exploited 9/11 to attack Iraq? (44% do, 44% don't);
2) Cover up - did the government and its 9/11 Commission conceal
or refuse to investigate evidence that contradicts their official story? (only
48% said no); 3) the collapse of WTC 7, which was not even
mentioned by the 9/11 Commission and has seldom been reported in the media---had
respondents been aware of this collapse and, if so, did they think it should
be investigated (only 52% had known about it, but over 70% of this group believe
it should have been investigated); 4) new investigation of
official complicity - do respondents think we need one? (only 48% said no);
and 5) mass media - how do people rate its performance, including
its coverage of alternative 9/11 theories, unanswered questions and inquiry
issues? (43% rate it positively, 55% negatively).
(The poll sponsors see knowledge of the collapse of World Trade Center Building
7 as a bellwether issue, because if people do not know this elementary fact,
they have probably not been exposed to any independent 9/11 research at all.
Because the number of respondents who support a new investigation of 9/11 (45%))
is roughly the same as the number who knew about the collapse of Building 7
(52%), it can reasonably be extrapolated that if the entire public were exposed
to independent 9/11 research, about 90 percent would support a new investigation
of the events of that fateful day.)
SPONSOR: 911truth.org is a coalition of researchers, journalists and victim
family members working to expose and answer the hundreds of still unresolved
questions concerning 9/11, especially the nearly 400 questions that the Family
Steering Committee filed with the 9/11 Commission. Initially welcomed by the
commissioners as their "road map," these queries cut to the heart
of 9/11 crimes and accountability, specifically raising the central issues of
motive, means and cui bono (who profited?). The Commission ultimately ignored
80% of these issues, however, opting only to explore system failures, miscommunications
and incompetence. The victim families' most incisive questions remain unaddressed
to this day.
For more information on the Chicago "9/11: Revealing the Truth, Reclaiming
our Future" conference and other developments, see http://www.911truth.org
or contact our media coordinator, Michael Berger, at 314-308-4893.
* Numerical computations conservatively based on 2000 Census data citing 174
million Americans between the ages of 18 and 64.
Survey Methodology: Zogby America, 5/12/06 through 5/16/06
This is a telephone survey of adults nationwide conducted by Zogby International.
The target sample is 1,200 interviews with approximately 81 questions asked.
Samples are randomly drawn from telephone cd’s of national listed sample.
Zogby International surveys employ sampling strategies in which selection probabilities
are proportional to population size within area codes and exchanges. As many
as six calls are made to reach a sampled phone number. Cooperation rates are
calculated using one of AAPOR’s approved methodologies1 and are comparable
to other professional public-opinion surveys conducted using similar sampling
strategies.2 Weighting by region, party, age, race, religion, and gender is
used to adjust for non-response. The margin of error is +/- 2.9 percentage points.
Margins of error are higher in sub-groups.
Zogby International’s sampling and weighting procedures also have been
validated through its political polling: more than 95% of the firm’s polls
have come within 1% of actual election-day outcomes.
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by George Washington
The reason that the national
Zogby Poll on 9/11 is so important can be boiled down to 2 words: Social
Social proof is the principle from sociology that many people will believe
something if most other
people believe it. In other words, its the herd instinct.
The reason that the mainstream media has totally boycotted the real evidence
contradicting the official 9/11 story, even though it is all over the Internet,
is that the media owners know that if it doesn't appear on Fox, or CNN, or the
other mainstream tv networks, many Americans will assume the social proof is
that "everyone" accepts the official story. So they won't question
But some 70 million Americans are now calling for a new, real 9/11
investigation. To put that in perspective, approximately 122
million Americans voted in the 2004 election. So 70 million is a fairly
Now, for the first time, the poll provides social proof that the 9/11 Commission
covered up the true facts of 9/11, and that we need a new, impartial investigation.
In other words, millions of Americans who would otherwise not even consider
the evidence which contradicts the official version of 9/11 may now accept calls
for a new investigation. If we use this correctly, we can go from facing an
impossible task of overcoming resistance to 9/11 truth to having a majority
of Americans demand a real investigation.
Therefore, virtually every press release or statement about 9/11 should include
a reference to the poll to show people that many Americans
are 9/11 truthers who scoff at the 9/11 Commission as a fraud and that demand
a real 9/11 investigation.
This is leverage ... use it.