Zogby Poll: 70 Million Americans Support New 9/11 Investigation


Richard Moore

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Zogby Poll: Over 70 Million American Adults Support New 9/11 Investigation

Mon May 22, 8:00 AM ET

Utica, NY (PRWEB) May 22, 2006 -- 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.

911Truth.org Urges 2006 Reform Candidates to Recognize a Powerful New 

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 and 
http://911revealingthetruth.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 cd¹s 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 AAPOR¹s 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 International¹s sampling and weighting procedures also have been validated
through its political polling: more than 95% of the firm¹s polls have come 
within 1% of actual election-day outcomes.

Mike Berger

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