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Pew Paid US Vets $20 For Push Poll On Wars

First, here is one sample of the kind of headline and article that Pew thought it was worth the money to buy. (See below.)

From a joyous Associated Press:

Poll: 1 in 3 vets sees Iraq, Afghan wars as wastes

October 5, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) — One in three U.S. veterans of the post-9/11 military believes the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were not worth fighting, and a majority think that after 10 years of combat America should be focusing less on foreign affairs and more on its own problems, according to an opinion survey released Wednesday.

In a survey bought and paid for by Pew. A detail that the AP does not bother to mention.

The findings highlight a dilemma for the Obama administration and Congress as they struggle to shrink the government’s huge budget deficits and reconsider defense priorities while trying to keep public support for remaining involved in Iraq and Afghanistan for the longer term.

What a laff. The Obama administration and the Democrats in Congress are only too eager to bug out from Iraq and Afghanistan, and to slash the already slashed military budget. This poll was constructed and the respondents paid to help give them cover to do just that.

Nearly 4,500 U.S. troops have died in Iraq and about 1,700 in Afghanistan. Combined war costs since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks have topped $1 trillion

Just think how many obese hongry children could have been fed with all that money.

The Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan organization that studies attitudes and trends, called the study the first of its kind.

We’ll say it is. Unless they have been paying people to take their polls for years without telling us.

The results were based on two surveys conducted between late July and mid-September. One polled 1,853 veterans, including 712 who had served in the military after 9/11 but are no longer on active duty. Of the 712 post-9/11 veterans, 336 served in Iraq or Afghanistan. The other polled 2,003 adults who had not served in the military…

Again, there is no mention here of the fact that Pew paid people who claimed to be post 9/11 veterans to participate in their push poll.

Nearly half of post-9/11 veterans said deployments strained their relationship with their spouses, and a similar share reported problems with their children. On the other hand, 60 percent said they and their families benefited financially from having served abroad in a combat zone. Asked for a single word to describe their experiences, the war veterans offered a mixed picture: "rewarding," ”nightmare," ”eye opening," ”lousy." …

There are about 98,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, where the conflict began with a U.S.-led invasion on Oct. 7, 2001. Obama campaigned for the presidency in 2008 on getting out of Iraq and ramping up the military campaign in Afghanistan. He is on track to have all U.S. troops out of Iraq by the end of this year, and in July he announced that he would pull 10,000 troops out of Afghanistan this year and 23,000 more by next September.

Which, conveniently enough, is exactly what even the veterans of these wars want him to do, at least according to this push poll.

The Pew survey found that veterans are ambivalent about the net value of the wars, although they generally were more positive about Afghanistan, which has been a more protracted but less deadly conflict for U.S. forces. One-third of post-9/11 veterans said neither war was worth the sacrifices; that was the view of 45 percent in the separate poll of members of the general public.

Fifty percent of veterans said Afghanistan was worth it, whereas the poll of civilians put it at 41 percent.

Among veterans, 44 percent said Iraq was worth it. That compares with 36 percent in the poll of civilians

Which, of course, is exactly what Pew and the Obama administration and the Democrats wanted said. They want the cover.

For the record, Pew’s own write up of their push poll does not mention the fact that they paid self-described veterans $20. That detail is buried in an appendix, in the fifteenth paragraph:

Appendix 1: Survey Methodology

About the Veterans Survey

Additional steps were taken in order to assure the highest possible rate of response among post-9/11 veterans, including:

(1) A $20 incentive was offered to all respondents in the post-9/11 sample who initially refused to participate in the survey, and starting July 22, 2011, this incentive was offered to all post-9/11 veterans in the sample

We are not experts on polling. Perhaps this is done all the time. In any case, it is probably done more than most people realize.

But doesn’t paying people to take polls skew the results? For instance, in this case, if you offer money to people to call themselves veterans, you might get a number of people who claim to be veterans who actually aren’t.

But Pew doesn’t care. As long as they get the results they and their Democrat bosses seek.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, October 5th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Pew Paid US Vets $20 For Push Poll On Wars”

  1. Astravogel says:

    If I understand this correctly, if a man
    approaches a lady on the street and
    askes for a ‘quickie’ and she refuses,
    and he then offers her $20, and completes
    the transaction, she’s a whore and he’s
    probably got something tainted with the
    results. Yep, putting it that way makes
    a lot of sense.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    HISTORY and Context you don’t know – Every time you read the word Pew, you need to remember the extreme Left politics of Pew, and the Legacy and Betrayal of J Howard Pew, whose money they spend …

    Consider the case of J. Howard Pew of Sun Oil. During his lifetime, he was a tireless champion of free markets and individualism. In 1957, he created the J. Howard Pew Freedom Trust, with instructions that it use its funds to “acquaint the American people” with “the evils of bureaucracy,” “the values of the free market,” and “the paralyzing effects of government controls on lives and activities of people,” to “inform our people of the struggle, persecution, hardship, sacrifice and death by which freedom of the individual was won” and to educate them about how “Socialism, Welfare statism [and] Fascism . . . are but devices by which government seizes the ownership or control of the tools of production.” In accordance with those wishes, the Freedom Trust funded mostly libertarian and conservative activities, as long as its board consisted of Pew family members and friends. But as the family members and friends died off, they were replaced by others who gradually reoriented its spending, first toward mainstream activities, then gradually toward the very activities that the trust had been set up to oppose.

    Pew today has been taken over by the very people J Howard despised and certified his money would be used to destroy. That wasn’t by accident. His fortune was targeted for takeover as part of a large pattern-strategy formulated by our enemies who had no capital to spend in a global war against capitalism. Infiltrate, corrupt and control the very capital they sought to tear down.

    That’s how it’s done. The Tick Technique.

    Anytime you see the word Pew … know you’re being Lied To.

    And if you feel the need to hock one up and splatter the pavement, fee free. I do it all the time when I see the word.

  3. Kachonka says:

    1 in 3 paid pollsters say the Iraq Afghan war is a waste is pretty good odds as I see it.

    I am an Independent, a veteran, a VFW, American Legion and ELKS member and I would say 99.9999999 percent as of this past week say the wars are a waste of man power, funds and lives. Guarding poppy fields and Rules of Engagement are a joke.

  4. Astravogel says:

    Wasn’t Pew one of the characters in
    “Treasure Island?” Blind as I recall…

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