Siena Research Institute Poll Commissioned by “Remember Building 7”
Campaign Shows Significant Skepticism of Official Account
June 8, 2011
NEW YORK CITY, NY — Amid its June 6th launch of 425 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 of 643 New Yorkers (including respondents in all of New York
City’s five boroughs) by the independent Siena Research Institute shows
meaningful levels of doubt and concern regarding the truth about what happened
that day, 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
The poll finds:
1 in 3 New Yorkers were unaware of Building 7’s collapse (the
skyscraper was not hit by an airplane; it collapsed seven hours after the Twin
Towers), only 25 percent have ever seen video footage of the collapse, and 86
percent were unable to name the building;
Of those aware of Building 7’s collapse, 24 percent believe it
was a controlled demolition that 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 a group of 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 or 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 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,”
versus 60 percent who ten years later say they are “satisfied that we
understand well enough what happened and it’s time to move on.”
The 30-second advertising spots produced for Remember Building 7 feature 9/11
family members, architects and engineers who call for more information about
how Building 7 collapsed. Video of the building’s free-fall is shown.
(The spot, second in a series that began last September, may be viewed at www.RememberBuilding7.org.)
The spots are airing in the New York area through June 26 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.
$100,000 used to purchase the spots was raised from contributions made through
the RememberBuilding7.org site.
“As we approach the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, it is important
to note that there are significant numbers of people who still don’t feel
their questions have been fully answered,” says Manny Badillo, Director
of Outreach for the New York City Coalition for Accountability Now (NYC CAN),
a co-sponsor of the Remember Building 7 campaign. The other cosponsor, Architects
and Engineers for 9/11 Truth (AE911Truth), has gathered over 1,500 signatures
from architects and engineers who say the government’s 2008 account by
the National Institute of Standards and Technology of Building 7’s collapse
is physically impossible, and that its fall was due to a controlled demolition.
Badillo, a former member of the U.S. Air Force, lost his uncle on 9/11 and
appears in the TV ad. He says that the government has not answered 70 percent
of 9/11 families’ questions about what happened that day.
“The story of 9/11 is not complete without the voices of patriotic Americans
who question the official account of what happened on 9/11. Our world has never
been the same since then — it’s time for more information,”
William Brinnier, a New York architect who also appears in the TV spot, notes,
“It’s remarkable that 1 out of 3 people don’t know a third
building collapsed on 9/11, but it’s encouraging to see that when they
are informed of the 1,500 architects and engineers who question the government’s
findings, more people support a new investigation than don’t.”
Brinnier lost a friend, WTC construction manager Frank DeMartini, who was responsible
for rescuing people from the Twin Towers before his death there on 9/11.
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