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Zogby Military Iraq Poll Dissected

Bruce Kesler has asked the question, How reliable is the Zogby poll of the military in Iraq?. If you know Bruce, you know that he never asks a question without offering his own answer to be considered, just as the Marine Corps Vietnam veteran would never ask anyone to do something he would not do himself.

In a painstakingly detailed and orderly military manner, Bruce Kesler commences a dialed in field commander's mortar offensive of logic and track record in a six-point masterful fisking of the effort put forth by the Brothers Zogby, who suggest that there is "heavy unclarity of mission and support for leaving Iraq during the next year or sooner among our servicepeople in Iraq."

>However, Zogby’s poll purposely leaves open too many questions, which combined with the performance and nature of the Zogby polling organization, raises many doubts as to the poll’s reliability.

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Lastly, not a single visitor to Iraq from any media or political party, including critics of the Iraq war, has reported any such negativity among the troops there. Indeed, overwhelming support for the mission and for finishing the job is reported. Similarly, among the 1,246 military blogs, one would have to search hard and long to find such corroborating negativity.

Don't just settle for his conclusion that the poll is bunk. Go read the important five points he makes to arrive at this conclusion.

Then, go see Murdoc Online, The Officers' Club, and then Mystery Pollster, who asked John Zogby about his methods. Zogby resolved nothing with his answers.

Want a poll? Do as Bruce suggests and go read their words, unguided and unframed by survey language and participant selection screening.