Skip to comments.Poll Shows 99% of Iraqiis Don't Want U.S. There. [NPR Talk Show Host Claims]
Posted on 06/18/2004 6:26:34 PM PDT by StACase
My E-Mail to Dave Berkman of Wisconsin Public Radio:
During your 3:00 show this afternoon, I heard you claim 98% of Iraqiis don't view the US as liberating Iraq per some poll. It didn't ring very true to me. So I looked up recent polls on the internet, here's what I found so far.
Here's a more recent article:
I don't see your 98% figure.
Dave Berkman's Response:
I read this yesterday as I wrote something about it for my column. I read 4 papers a day, the JS, USA Today the Chi Trib & the NYTimes. It was in one of those (I daonlty recall which) -- but it was specific as to the CPA poll sponsorship and the 2%.
My answer would be.......... Who cares?, we have a job to do, and when it's over, we will leave
If he really said this, then it's a preposterous lie. There is no such thing as a 98% response on any poll. If the question was "Do you want steel spikes driven into your head?" the "No" response would probably come in at about 95%, tops.
This was yesterday's news anyway, but the deal is Iraqis generally think of the United States as an occupying power.
They are getting smarter ever since Saddam was dragged from that hole. It's hard to fault them on knowing what we are doing over there which is, of course, occupying their country~!
The question is why were you listening to his drivel? Just because you paid for it doesn't mean you have to listen.
98% figure is ridiculous to say the least.
However, June 30 is the handover date and Iraqis will only have themselves to blame.
He said it.
Sample size.... 40 Iraqis.
Yeah...I'm sure they'd rather still have Saddam Hussein killing and maiming their population by the hunderds of thousands.
The liberal media can be profoundly asinine.
Do you have his emails? I imagine a lot of Freepers would like to make further inquiries of him. Perhaps convince him to get off his lying duff and dig up the 1 of 4 papers he claims to have remembered seeing his imaginary number.
All from Al Sadr's militia.
I like to hear what the other side is saying.
All residing in Al Ghraib.
I heard it too. Bill O'Reilly read the poll on his radio show a couple days ago. It was something like 70% didn't want us there, 28% wanted us to leave soon, and 2% wanted us to stay. I don't remember where O'Reilly was reading the poll from but he quoted the author of the poll and the figures a couple times.
Was it the same 99% that voted Saddam into office a few years back?
Don't fret. Even if it were true, it would be meaningless. A similar poll in Germany after WW2 would have shown the the same. While the population ate US food and accepted everything they were given to help them rebuild their country, they wrote slogans on walls and fences; Yankee Go Home. I remember. I was there.
Dave Berkman, who ever he is, seems to be a very twisted creature with no understanding of human nature and no knowledge of history.
The Romans brought civilization to europe - no one thought to thank them, either. Look how much bad press they are still getting more than two thousand years later!
the elite conspiracy to suck up taxpayers' money by academic appointments, grants, self- and mutual congratulation in review articles, positions on public radio, travel perks to the MLA and other important "conferences" which pays for drinking Heineken in little front rooms with bentwood rockers and avocado plants, bookshelves full of Noam Chomsky and books on the 'poetry' of Bob Dylan and other cheap imitations of Dylan Thomas('Baby, put on 'Diamonds and Rust')cute wooden carvings of imaginary animals from Mexico --
I have to stop myself.
Sample: Al Fedayeen
Thereby perfectly qualified to work for NPR.
The LA Times took a similar poll of 100 Iraqis, and found that 340% wanted the U.S. out of Iraq.
Sorry, but NPR and a guy with the name of Berkman don't interest me whatsoever. No way, no how.
98%!? You have got to be kidding me. I highly doubt that 98% of Iraquis want us gone.
So why did you bother to post?
And every day our brave troops have to listen to 10 hours of morale undermining NPR lies on Armed Forces radio, but one hour of Rush is too much.
Let the troops vote for the programs they want to hear - I think that's the least we can do for them. Surely, even the libs must think our guys deserve to hear what they want to, right? Right?
This was a legitimate poll, unfortunately. We are loosing the PR battle big time.
Do you have the source for this "Ligitimate" poll?
Well we want to leave soon too.. in that we want the job to be done soon. I whole-heartedly support the war, and do not support leaving until Iraq is secure and democratic. Perhaps if the questions were framed differently, there would be a different response. For example:
Do you want the coalition to:
a) pull out immediately
b) pull out when requested by a stable, secure Iraqi government
c) stay indefinately
I would assume most would respond 'b', as would I. I also would hope 'b' would be soon.
There aren't as many as there were before.
However, Saddam's handpicked man that certified the Saddam era elections is now working freelance for Reuters, BBC,
Al-Jazeera, CBS, ABC, NBC, CNN, and um, NPR, as a pollster.
Even if this were true (which I doubt after reading SGT Tibbet's story yesterday)...but EVEN if it were true would it really matter?
Isn't our purpose there to achieve our own objectives that will enhance our own security?
Perhaps we should have taken a poll before WWII to see if the Japanese and Germans really wanted us to enter the war....and then let that be the determining factor.
Would that be idiotic or am I the one who a wacko?!?
Must be the same 98% that voted for Hussein in the last election, LOL.
Wait, maybe there were 100% that voted for him, so 2% have seen the light.
big deal 98% of the people in most countries don't want their boss to be at work, so what!
"Therefor perfectly qualified to work for NPR"
Obviously. This is an aside - I met one just like him at a dinner party last night. His father managed to escape from Russia in 1918. "from the Bolsheviks" he said. The family ended up in Australia and this oppinionated guest was born here. He is a typical twisted lefty. Why? Well, that took some figuring out. Seems the 'glorious revolution' robbed his family of their heritage. (His words.)
Get it? The man, aged in his late fifties, sees himself as a victim. His family lost an estate that he says he should have inherited. It's twisted logic, but something that psychology understands well. The victim sees himself as having been abused...and the abused themselves, abuse others in turn. His only revenge is to now do unto others...so captilalism and private ownership in his mind, is evil because...IF HE COULDN'T HAVE IT, WHY SHOULD ANYONE ELSE?
Sample methodology: we found 40 "random" Iraqis standing on a smoldering Humvee, jumping and cheering.
They polled the people that their reporters hang out with in Iraq, Al Queda and Sadr's Shiiteheads, and 98% of them said tha tthey didn't want the US there. The other 2% were killed.
Over 1K surveyed. Our troops have their hands full
NPR is a mouthpiece for the left. If you believe that, e-mail me privately about the fabuous purchase of prime rea; estate for $1.00.
Now you see how a reporter gets his info to write about. TABLOIDS
I have to tell you:
I dont believe the polls.
here is why: One poll result said that 75% 'feared for their life' if they were to 'collaborate' with the coalition?
So a stranger comes and asks them questions - how would you expect them to respond?
Dont any of them see that the blame for violence falls on the terrorists and thugs?
So, if you saw a poll that said 98% would vote for Saddam Hussein, like they did 2 years ago? Is that honesty ... or fear?
Sadly, we missed our chance to totally crush the Saddamite opposition. Maybe it was impossible; too much power and muslim bigotry.
Pollaganda to make it sound like something it is not.
I do vote for "pull out when no longer needed".
Do you want an airforce base operating 24/7 right behind your backyard?
Media sez "Only 2% support building airforce bases"
same kind of pollaganda here.
That sounds suspiciously close to the 99% of the vote that ol' Saddam got in the last election.
When you are assaulted by bogus polls that sample from predictable parts of IRAQ and not from the Kurdish area, balance the stated thought of the populace with measurable action. From todays Strategy Page::::::::::
IRAQ: Terrorist Attacks Boost Army Recruiting
June 18, 2004: Yesterday's suicide bombing of an Iraqi army recruiting center killed 41 and wounded over a hundred. This is only the latest of dozens of attacks on Iraqi police and army facilities. It has not diminished the number of volunteers, or, at least not to the point where the recruiters are running out of men willing to serve. While for most men, the dangerous police and military work is mainly a job, the continuing attacks on Iraqis by terrorists has inflamed the population. For a long time it was popular to blame the United States for the attacks, but eventually reality worked its way through to most Iraqis and they realized that if they were to be free and able to run their own affairs, they would have to deal with the terrorists (Iraqi and foreign) in their midst. This was helped along by a long running American psychological warfare campaign that stressed the self-reliance angle, and reminded everyone that, while Saddam was captured, most of his blood soaked henchmen are still out and about. Apparently, attacks like this increase the number of recruits wanting to take part in the war on terror.
A "victim". But, in his mind, the blame does not lie with the perpetrators, but with the liberators.
He would, no doubt, have made a good "Bolshevik" himself. Perhaps, the party would've given him his family's estate as a dacha.
It takes a certain type to be a condescending liberal.