Half of New Yorkers Believe US Leaders “Consciously” Failed To Act On 9-11; 66% Call For New Probe of Unanswered Questions by Congress or New York’s Attorney General,

New Zogby International Poll Reveals


        (Utica, NY) - On the eve of the Republican National Convention, half (50%) of New York City residents and two in four (41%) of New York citizens overall say that some US leaders "knew in advance that attacks were planned on or around September 11, 2001, and that they consciously failed to act," according to the poll conducted by Zogby International. The poll of New York residents was conducted from Tuesday August 24 through Thursday August 26, 2004. Overall results have a margin of sampling error of +/-3.5.


             The poll is the first of its kind conducted in America that surveys attitudes regarding US government complicity in the 9/11 tragedy. Despite the acute legal and political implications of this accusation, nearly 30% of registered Republicans and over 38% of those who described themselves as "very conservative" supported the claim.

             The charge found particularly high support among adults under 30 (62.8%), African-Americans (62.5%), Hispanics (60.1%), Asians (59.4%), and "Born Again" Evangelical Christians (47.9%).

               Less than two in four (36%) believe that the 9/11 Commission had "answered all the important questions about what actually happened on September 11th," and two in three (66%) New Yorkers (and 56.2% overall) called for another full investigation of the "still unanswered questions" by Congress or Elliot Spitzer, New York's Attorney General. Self-identified "very liberal" New Yorkers supported a new inquiry by a margin of three to one, but so did half (53%) of "very conservative" citizens across the state. The call for a deeper probe was especially strong from Hispanics (75.6%), African-Americans (75.3%) citizens with income from $15-25K (74.3%), women (62%) and Evangelicals (59.9%).

              W. David Kubiak, executive director of 911truth.org, the group that commissioned the poll, expressed genuine surprise that New Yorkers' belief in the administration’s complicity is as high or higher than that seen in polls abroad. "We're familiar with extreme 9/11 skepticism in other nations where open media debate of US government complicity has been allowed. For example, on May 26th the Toronto Star reported a national poll showing that 63% of Canadians are also convinced US leaders had 'prior knowledge' of the attacks yet declined to act. Our mainstream news outlets never reported on this startling poll nor the mounting evidence that has led tens of millions of Canadians, Europeans, and now New Yorkers to think and feel this way. I think these numbers show that New Yorkers are fed up with the silence and are starting to study the facts on their own. This case is not closed and New York's questions are not going away."

            Nicholas Levis of NY911truth.org, an advisor on the poll, agrees, "In many ways, these results truly are surprising, but we think they also express a pretty natural frustration with officials, journalists, and investigative commissions who continue to underestimate the country's hunger for the truth. The 9/11 Commission gave us a plenty of 'recommendations', but far more plentiful were the discrepancies, gaps and omissions in their supposedly 'final' report. How can proposals based on such deficient findings ever make us safe? 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 & FBI field probes? There's an awful lot more to this story that we need to know about.'  Such a huge majority of New Yorkers now want a new investigation; it will be interesting to see how quickly Attorney General Spitzer responds."

            SCOPE: The poll covered five areas of related interest: 1) Iraq - do New Yorkers agree that our leaders "deliberately misled" us before the war (51.2% do); 2) the 9/11 Commission - did it answer all the "important questions" (only 36% said yes); 3) the inexplicable and largely unreported collapse of the third WTC skyscraper on 9/11 - what was its number (28% of NYC area residents knew); 4) the question on complicity; and 5) how many wanted a new definitive 9/11 probe. All inquiries regarding questions, responses and demographic breakdowns should be directed to Zogby International.

              SPONSOR: 911truth.org is a coalition of researchers, journalists and victim family members working to expose and resolve the hundreds of critical questions still swirling around 9/11, especially the nearly 400 questions which the Family Steering Committee filed with the 9/11
Commission that they lobbied to create. Initially welcomed by the commissioners as a "road map" for their inquiry, these queries cut to the heart of 9/11 crimes and accountability. Specifically, they raised the central issues of motive, means and cui bono (who profited?). But the Commission ignored the majority of these questions, opting only to explore system failures, miscommunications and incompetence. The victim families' most incisive issues remain unaddressed to this day. The poll was also cosponsored by 911citizenswatch.org which has monitored the Commission
since its inception and will release its findings, "The 9/11 Omission Report," in several weeks.


              On September 9th and 11th, 911Truth.org will cosponsor a preliminary Citizens 9/11 Commission hearing and a research-focused evidentiary forum in New York. These inquiries will examine many of the 9/11 Commission-shunned questions and discuss preparation of a probable cause complaint demanding a grand jury and criminal investigation from the New York Attorney General. Possible charges range from criminal negligence and gross dereliction of duty up through foreknowledge, complicity and subsequent obstruction of justice. For details and developments, see www.911truth.org.

              Zogby International conducted interviews of 808 adults chosen at random in New York State. All calls were made from Zogby International headquarters in Utica, N.Y., from 8/24/04 through 8/26/04. The margin of error is +/- 3.5 percentage points. Slight weights were added to region, party, age, race, religion, and gender to more accurately reflect the population. Margins of error are higher in sub-groups.


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