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“9/11″ Zogby Poll Commissioned By Iran

By now you have probably heard of the results of the recent Zogby poll (pdf file), which claims that 42% of Americans believe Bush either caused 9/11 or let it happen.

From Press TV:


Poll: US gov’t knew about 9/11 attacks

Tue, 11 Sep 2007

A new poll indicates that some 43 percent of Americans believe that Washington knew about the 9/11 attacks but did nothing to stop them.

According to the Press TV-Zogby International poll, 42.5 percent of the respondents believed that the Bush Administration knew about the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center but did nothing to prevent the attacks.

Only 37.5 percent of the respondents strongly disagreed with the idea and 4.5 percent neither agreed nor disagreed with it.

Among the members of the armed forces who participated in the poll nearly 44 percent said that the US government had known about the plans for 9/11 attacks with 37.2 strongly disagreeing with it.

The poll also indicates that a majority of Americans (56.3 percent), including the members of US armed forces, support the idea that the Bush Administration used the September 11 attacks as an excuse to push ahead with its own agenda, particularly in the Middle East and only 27.1 percent of respondents disagreed with it.

Some 1006 people across the US were questioned by pollsters and the margin of error was +/- 3.2.

But what you may not have realized is that the poll was “commissioned” by Press TV, which is owned and operated by the Iranian government.

From Zogby International:

Press TV/Zogby International Poll Results

Survey Methodology [Zogby America Adults] 09/06/07 thru 09/09/07

Zogby International was commissioned by [Press TV] to conduct a telephone survey of [adults].

The target sample is [1006] interviews with approximately [82] questions asked. Samples are randomly drawn from telephone cd’s of national listed sample…

From Wikipedia:

Press TV

PRESS TV is an English language international television news channel which is funded by the Iranian government, based in Tehran and broadcasts in English on a round-the-clock schedule. With 26 international correspondents and more than 400 staff around the world, its stated mission is to offer a different and unbiased view of the world events…

This work by Zogby on Iran’s behalf may even be illegal, since American businesses have been restricted from dealing with Iran (pdf file) because of its sponsorship of terrorism. Although some of these sanctions have been subsequently relaxed.

But even if the Iranian sponsorship of this poll wasn’t illegal it is highly questionable.

And of course one wonders what was the purpose of Iran commissioning such a poll at this time in the first place?

And how many polls have they commissioned previously?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, September 12th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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