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New Poll of New Yorkers Finds Lingering Doubts About Official Explanation of 9/11 Attacks, Including Third Tower's Collapse


June 8, 2011 - NEW YORK, NY

Amid its June 6th launch of advertising spots on New York television, Remember Building 7 -- an advocacy campaign calling for a new investigation into the collapse of a third skyscraper on 9/11 -- has released findings from a new poll it commissioned on what New Yorkers believe about that day.

The May polling by The Independent Siena Research Institute of 643 New Yorkers shows meaningful levels of doubt and concern regarding the truth about what happened on 9/11, with only 60 percent of New Yorkers ready to "move on," and 48 percent in favor of the Manhattan District Attorney or New York City Council opening a new investigation into the collapse of World Trade Center Building 7.

The poll finds:

  • 1 in 3 New Yorkers were unaware of Building 7's collapse (the skyscraper was not hit by an airplane; it fell seven hours after the Twin Towers), only 25 percent have ever seen video of the collapse, and 86 percent were unable to name the building;

  • Of those aware of Building 7's collapse, 24 percent believe a controlled demolition brought the building down, 23 percent are unsure, and 49 percent believe it was caused by fires;

  • 36 percent of all respondents are inclined to believe critics who argue against the government's explanation that the collapse was caused by fires, including 1,500 architects and engineers who say no steel-framed skyscraper has ever succumbed to fire. Forty percent are inclined to believe the government's account, and 23 percent are unsure;

  • 48 percent of those polled are in favor of a new investigation into Building 7's collapse, compared to 44 percent opposed and 8 percent who don't know/refused to answer.

  • 28 percent -- more than 1 in 4 -- believe the Twin Towers were brought down with explosives or some other demolition devices in addition to being hit by airplanes.

  • In sum, 36 percent are "not satisfied that we know the whole truth about that day, and it is time to get to the bottom of what happened," versus 60 percent who ten years later are "satisfied that we understand well enough what happened and it's time to move on."

The poll can be found at www.siena.edu/sri/research and www.RememberBuilding7.org.

The 30-second advertising spots produced for Remember Building 7, featuring 9/11 family members, architects and engineers calling for a new investigation, are airing in New York through June 26 on fifteen cable channels, including New York 1 News, MSNBC, CNN, and Comedy Central, among others.

Remember Building 7 is co-sponsored by several groups, led by NYC Coalition for Accountability Now (www.NYCCAN.org), a non-partisan organization of 9/11 family members, first responders and survivors, and Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth (www.AE911Truth.org), an organization of more than 1,500 architectural and engineering professionals.

For "Remember Building 7":
Michael Shepley
516-564-3480
Email Contact

For Siena Research Institute:
Dr. Donald Levy
Director
518-783-2901
Email Contact

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