Thursday, October 1, 2009

Current Al-Jazeera (Arabic) Online Poll

This poll, which appeared yesterday, illustrates an interesting phenomenon. I posted it yesterday, just after 1,300 people had responded to it. It asks the question,"Do you believe that Iran's nuclear program constitutes a threat to the Arab region?."

Well, an organized effort, most likely by several Arab governments led by Saudi Arabia with its financial muscle, has targeted this poll in a massive and uncharacteristic way. In just one day, the number of respondents has jumped to 17,000! That is unprecedented in Al-Jazeera polls. More importantly, those who believe that the Iranian program is a threat to the Arabs is now 72%; exactly a mirror image of the initial results, when 72% said no.

Anyone who knows about random sampling can tell you, the initial results are more representative, and those behind the current mass "voting" are trying to target Iran.

This is part of the USraeli campaign to beat the war drums and to lineup the Arabs behind Israel and against Iran.

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