Americans Ponder Truth in 9/11 Commission
Angus Reid Global Scan | May 23 2006
Adults in the United States are divided over the findings of a group assembled specifically to investigate the country’s deadliest terrorist attack, according to a poll by Zogby International. 47.8 per cent of respondents trust in the conclusions of the 9/11 Commission, while 42.3 per cent suggest a cover-up.
Al-Qaeda operatives hijacked and crashed four airplanes in the U.S. on Sept. 11, 2001, killing nearly 3,000 people. In July 2004, the federal commission that investigated the events of 9/11 concluded that "none of the measures adopted by the U.S. government from 1998 to 2001 disturbed or even delayed the progress of the al-Qaeda plot" and pointed out government failures of "imagination, policy, capabilities, and management."
Last September, U.S. president George W. Bush paid tribute to the victims of the 9/11 attacks, declaring, "One way our nation can honour their sacrifice is to win the war on terror. On September the 11th, 2001, we saw the future that terrorists intend for us. And I made a decision: America will not wait to be attacked again. We will take the fight to the enemy, and we’ll defend our freedom."
In June 2004, the 9/11 Commission stated that there had been "no collaborative relationship" between the deposed Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda in the planning and carrying out of the attacks. 44.4 per cent of respondents believe the Bush administration acted correctly in attacking Iraq because Hussein supported terrorism, while 44.3 per cent think the federal government exploited the 9/11 attacks to justify the invasion of Iraq.
Some people believe that the U.S. government and its 9/11 Commission concealed or refused to investigate critical evidence that contradicts their official explanation of the September 11th attacks, saying there has been a cover-up. Others say that the 9/11 Commission was a bipartisan group of honest and well-respected people and that there is no reason they would want to cover-up anything. Who are you more likely to agree with?
U.S. and Commission not covering up
U.S. and Commission covering up
Neither / Not sure
Some people have said that the Bush administration exploited the September 11th attacks to justify the invasion of Iraq. Others say that Bush acted correctly by going into Iraq because Saddam Hussein supported terrorism. Who are you more likely to agree with?
Bush exploited 9/11
Bush acted correctly
Neither / Not sure
Source: Zogby International
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,200 American adults, conducted from May 12 to May 16, 2006. Margin of error is 2.9 per cent.
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