Public opinion polls regarding the 9/11 attacks were conducted regularly in the years following September 11th, 2001. A 2007 Zogby poll (here) was one of the many that was actually sponsored by the 9/11 Truth Movement and shows that; in 2007, “likely American voters” were generally likely to believe the ‘official story’ regarding the attacks (63%), while others believe that the Bush Administration, U.S. Intelligence Community et. al. knew the attacks were imminent and let it happen (26%) and an additional 4% of those polled believe that the above actually planned the attacks (with 5% polled being unsure).
Another in the series of Zogby polls regarding 9/11, funded by individuals and parties generally identified as 9/11 Truth Movement entities, was conducted in 2006. The results of this national telephone poll showed that 42% of Americans surveyed felt that there was some sort of cover-up regarding the September 11th attacks. 44% of those surveyed stated that Bush exploited the 9/11 attacks to justify the war with Iraq, 44% disagreed and 10% unsure.
The first 9/11 Zogby poll was not a national, but rather statewide poll in which New Yorkers were surveyed. The 2004 poll was conducted after the 9/11 commission released its findings and “On the eve of a Republican National Convention invoking 9/11 symbol” 49.3% of New York City residents and 41% of New York State residents said that they believed some within the government (and/or intelligence community) “knew in advance that attacks were planned on or around September 11, 2001, and that they consciously failed to act.”
Less than two in five (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%).
- From 911truth.org Poll Synopsis
So, what can these polls actually show? One thing it seems to show is that disbelief of the ‘official story’ was (and perhaps still is) rampant. Whenever new conspiracy theories arise, such as Jade Helm 15, the ‘official story’ that the ‘powers that be’ give is balked at and immediately disregarded.
And why is that?
One of, perhaps, many reasons is the emotional involvement of the person. New York City residents showed a higher likelihood to believe a conspiracy regarding 9/11 (at least in 2004). The implication being that they were personally affected and, thus, emotionally triggered. If not by direct personal effects, many outside of NYC were likely emotionally triggered due to issues of identity, political affiliation, or a deeply held distrust in government. In the case of any of these, 9/11 was a shock and it happened at a time when conspiracist talk was reaching a boiling point in America. Before the events of September 11, 2001 became the crystalline focal point of conspiracy theorists throughout the Western world there were a series of events in the United States that all received conspiracy innuendo; including the JFK Assassination, Watergate and Nixon Resignation, MK-Ultra, Cointelpro, The Iran-Contra Affair (which did not lead to Reagan resigning), the admission of The Tuskeegee Experiement‘s existence, the admission that the Gulf of Tonkin attacks (attacks that legitimized the Vietnam War for many Americans) never happened, and the 2000 Presidential Election that seemed to be ever-so-slyly stolen for George W. Bush. If you look at the above listed events, and ONLY those events, why would you ever think of 9/11 as anything other than a planned ‘false flag’ operation set to provoke the American people into war.
The significance of these aforementioned events led many on a trajectory towards the 9/11 Truth Movement. The 9/11 Truth Movement, however, became fractured and increasingly muted after the 2008 election of President Barack Obama. Disparate ideologies, once unified under the umbrella of ‘truth’ were once again scattered to their respective camps. Only recently, with Donald Trump citing post-9/11 news stories (either to validate a stance against Muslims, Arabs, or a simple non sequitur), has 9/11 and truth become relevant in the news since George W. Bush left office.
What would a 9/11 Truth poll look like in 2015? A 2013 poll suggests a very different suspected 9/11 villain, Saddam Hussein, but this was not a 9/11 Truth-driven poll. Would just as many hold to the claim that Bush and Cheney deserve some form of prosecution? Is it possible that the 4% of Americans that believe 9/11 was a planned ‘false flag’ has grown or even doubled? I think that it is very unlikely and, in fact, that most Americans don’t really even think about 9/11 as anything other than the ‘official story’ and the 9/11 Truth/Zogby Polls were really just a snapshot in time that revealed the opinion and attitude of the time in which it was gathered.