New Yorkers say government knew

A recent poll by Zogby International, a market research and polling firm, taken just before the Republican convention in New York City, showed half of New York City residents and 41 percent of New York state residents believe national leaders “knew in advance that attacks were planned on or around Sept. 11, 2001, and that they consciously failed to act.”

The poll was taken between Aug. 24 and Aug. 26 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percent. It was the first of its kind in this country to survey attitudes about U.S. government complicity in the 9/11 tragedy.

Despite the major legal and political implications of that accusation, almost 30 percent of registered Republicans and more than 38 percent of those calling themselves “very conservative” upheld that claim.

The charge got strong support among adults younger than 30 (62.8 percent), African Americans (62.5 percent), Hispanics (60.1 percent), Asians (59.4 percent), and “Born Again” Evangelical Christians (47.9 percent).

Fewer than two in five (36 percent) think the 9/11 Commission “answered all the important questions about what actually happened on Sept. 11,” and two in three New Yorkers (66 percent) and (56.2 percent overall) called for another full investigation of the “still unanswered questions” by Congress or Elliot Spitzer, New York’s attorney general. New Yorkers who said they are “very liberal” backed a new inquiry by a margin of 3 to 1, as did half (53 percent) of the “very conservative” citizens across the state.

The call for a new probe was particularly strong among Hispanics (75.6 percent), African Americans (75.3 percent), citizens with incomes between $15,000 and $25,000 (74.3 percent), women (62 percent), and Evangelicals (59.9 percent).

The poll was commissioned by a group named Its executive director, W. David Kubiak, voiced 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 U.S. government complicity. On May 26, the Toronto Star reported a national poll showing that 63 percent of Canadians are also convinced U.S. leaders had ‘prior knowledge’ of the attacks, yet declined to act.

“There was no U.S. 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,” Kubiak said.

Nicholas Levis of NY 9/11 Truth, who was an adviser on the poll, said: “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 and 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.”

Source: Zogby International.

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