Zogby Poll Not What It Seems


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A new Zogby poll just came out that has the MSM in heat. This poll purportedly says that 72% of the US military in Iraq wants the war to end in 2006.

I don’t believe it for a second. Neither does Jason Smith at Newsbusters, who says this about the poll’s credibility:

While Kristof and the Democrats paint the picture that these numbers are evidence of a military ready to cut and run, they don’t take into account the fact that the Pentagon’s existing plan calls for troop reduction of almost half in the next 6 months and about 75% by the end of the year. So it’s reasonable to assume, since the responses are consistent with the existing troop reduction plan, that the respondents were taking this plan into account when answering the question. Hardly the bombshell the Left wanted to portray.

And check out this inconsistency:

A majority of troops (53%) said the U.S. should double both the number of troops and bombing missions in order to control the insurgency.

What a huge contradiction. If the US military is begging to get out of Iraq, why does the majority want more troops and bombing missions when it would certainly require them to stay longer?

Here’s another contradiction:

A majority of the troops serving in Iraq said they were satisfied with the war provisions from Washington. Just 30% of troops said they think the Department of Defense has failed to provide adequate troop protections, such as body armor, munitions, and armor plating for vehicles like HumVees.

Again, how does this jibe with the image of our troops begging to come home?

It doesn’t.

The Officers’ Club has this to say about Zogby’s poll:

Something is off here, these results are out of synch with what we’ve been hearing for the past 3 years. And I’m saying that as someone who wears the uniform, not as someone who supports the war.

I’m not going to challenge the chief pollster, Dr. John Zogby is a well-respected academic whose work is trusted by folks who matter. But I am concerned about this LeMoyne College Center for Peace and Global Studies, who conducted the poll in conjunction with Zogby. I’ve learned to distrust any center or institute with the word “peace” in its name. They always seem to have agendas.

Riehl World View has information about the LeMoyne College Center for Peace and Global Studies and its anti-Iraq war agenda.

Update: On his radio show today, Hugh Hewitt interviewed Zogby about his poll. Zogby didn’t seem to appreciate the questions Hugh asked him so he hung up midway through the interview. Radioblogger has the transcript.

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