More than one in four believe Twin Towers were brought down with explosives
A new scientific poll reveals that almost half of all New Yorkers would support a new investigation into the collapse of World Trade Center building 7, which fell at free fall speed into its own footprint on the afternoon of September 11, 2001, after suffering only relatively minor fire damage.
The poll, conducted at the end of last month by by the independent Siena Research Institute, found that 48 percent were in favor of the Manhattan District Attorney or New York City Council opening a new investigation into the collapse of WTC 7.
The survey was commissioned by “Remember Building 7”, a transparency group led by 9/11 family members, NYC Coalition for Accountability Now (NYC CAN) and Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth (AE911Truth).
The survey highlights the fact that almost ten years on there is still significant concern over the official explanation of events on 9/11.
The poll extended to 643 New Yorkers, including respondents in all of New York City’s five boroughs.
It also reveals that only 49% who were aware of Building 7′s collapse believe fires brought it down. 24% believe it was a controlled demolition, and 23% are unsure.
Moreover, the survey finds that 36% of all respondents are inclined to believe critics who argue against the government’s explanation that the collapse was caused by fires, while 40% are inclined to believe the government’s account, and 23% are unsure.
In addition to the doubts over WTC 7, the poll finds that 28%, over a quarter of all respondents believe the Twin Towers were brought down with explosives or some other demolition devices in addition to being hit by airplanes.
Overall, 36% of respondents say they are “not satisfied that we know the whole truth about that day, and it is time to get to the bottom of what happened.”
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Scores of previous polls on the events of 9/11 have received similar responses. In 2004, just three years after the event, a Zogby poll found that half of all New Yorkers believe that US leaders had foreknowledge of the impending attacks and “consciously failed” to act in response.
The latest survey reveals that much more can be done to raise awareness of WTC 7, however, as 1 in 3 New Yorkers said they were unaware of Building 7’s collapse, only 25 percent have ever seen video footage of the collapse, and 86 percent were unable to name the building at all when shown pictures.
The following information spot, commissioned by the 9/11 groups mentioned above will run in New York later this month. Several of the spots are due to air on fifteen different cable channels, including New York 1 News, MSNBC, CNN, Comedy Central, HGTV, Logo, Bio, MSG, YES, VH1, CNBC and Bravo, among others.
The ads, featuring 9/11 family members and funded through grassroots donations, urge the public to investigate the collapse of Building 7 and challenge NIST’s conclusion of the event, which contends that a “new phenomenon” caused the collapse, but fails to explain how ground zero workers and media outlets could have possibly had prior knowledge of the event.