Thursday, September 06, 2007

So Much For 84% is all excited over a poll that they commissioned, which they claim shows the widespread support for their positions. There is plenty to talk about in this poll, but what I found most interesting was when they asked people what their position on 9/11 was, "19 hijackers", LIHOP, MIHOP or "not sure". MIHOP scored a less than impressive 4.6%. Heck even "not sure" managed 5.3%. As previous polls have shown the variance is highly correlated to your political position and education, with college graduates coming in at 3.0, but those with less than a high school education double that. For some reason none of that made their press release.

In their press release they also brag that:

The poll also found that over two-thirds of Americans say the 9/11 Commission should have investigated the still unexplained collapse of the 47-story World Trade Center Building 7 at 5:20 p.m. on September 11, 2001.

However, in order to get that response they had to ask the question as such:

World Trade Center Building 7 was the 47-story skyscraper a block away from the Twin Towers that housed the mayor's emergency management center and offices of the SEC, Secret Service and CIA. It was not hit by any airplanes during the September 11th attacks, but still collapsed nearly eight hours later that day. FEMA did not explain this collapse, the 911 Commission ignored it, and the promised official study is now 2 years overdue. Do you think that the 911 Commission was right to concentrate their investigation on the collapse of buildings which were directly hit by airplanes or should they have also investigated the collapse of building 7?

Is that a question or a statement? Since most people aren't that familiar with building 7, it is no surprise that they would answer yes after hearing this lecture. Of course it is a false statement anyway, since the 9/11 commission did not "concentrate their investigation on the collapse of buildings which were directly hit by airplanes", it was focused on intelligence and security failures, it was not an engineering report.

Bizarrely they also cite the New York Times/CBS "16% of Americans believe they have been told the whole truth" poll in a question. Since when does one poll ask people what they think about another poll?