Zogby International released a poll of troops serving in Iraq that has become rather controversial. The poll supposedly shows that an overwhelming majority of the troops (72%) think that the US should exit the country within the next year. They also report that only 23% said that the US should stay in country for as long as we are needed.
There are other issues that the poll covers. 93% of the respondents allegedly stated that removing the threat of WMDís wasnít sufficient reason for the Iraq invasion, and 68% said that the real reason was to simply depose Saddam. 85% said that the invasion was to punish Saddam for his role in 9/11.
Iím deeply suspicious of this poll for a variety of reasons. The most compelling is that none of the troops Iíve come in contact with have expressed these views. It could very well be that all of the people serving in the military that have spoken to me have a minority opinion, but this seems to stretch probability a bit.
Murdoc Online has been talking about the poll, and he has the same reservations that I do. The money shot is the assertion from Zogby that four out of five of the troops oppose using internationally banned weapons such as napalm and white phosphorus. Murdoc isnít shy about voicing his opinion on this little nugget, and I agree completely with him.
As a firearm instructor Iíve had many conversations with people serving in the military about weapons that have been banned due to political considerations. Unless there is some compelling reason presented that will change my mind, the statement that the troops agree with these bans looks like a complete fabrication.
Another compelling reason for caution is that this poll seems to align almost perfectly with the Democratís talking points in most areas. This looks too good to be true so far as the Dems are concerned, and you know what they say about things that are too good to be true.
Murdoc is still tracking down the particulars, and anyone interested in this issue should check his blog regularly. The main issue now seems to be that it is very difficult to get Zogby to own up to any details about their methodology. You know, which questions were asked and how they were presented. They won’t even tell you if you pony up $20 USD for their big summary. Very strange.
If you are interested in reading what other milbloggers are saying then Glenn has a roundup.