'Survivors' voting their grief: 9/11, Iraq War create demographic, study finds

'Survivors' voting their grief
9/11, Iraq War create demographic, study finds

Jennifer Harper
Sunday, August 3, 2008

"Angry Survivors" could be a new demographic for political strategists to consider, harboring a subtle dynamic that could influence the presidential election.

Many who lost a loved one, family, friend or even an acquaintance in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks or in the Iraq War still have visceral rage or a need for revenge, and such residual emotions sway political leanings, new research suggests.

Survivors are "significantly" less likely to approve of President Bush's performance than people without these connections, said Scott Sigmund Gartner, a political science professor from the University of California at Davis.

According to a study released Friday, the sentiment affects all comers, "repeating among Republicans as well as Democrats, conservatives as well as liberals, and across all races, ages, education levels and incomes," the study said.

Rotary hears from 9/11 survivor

Activism idea; join your local Rotary Club, Toastmasters, etc. and give 9/11 Truth speeches.

Article oddities:

"Billy Forney was on the 85th floor of One World Trade Center on Sept. 11 when the first plane struck, with a force that swayed the tower. “At 8:48, in an instant, there was this immediate explosion ... white smoke whipping in and out,” said Forney to Rotarians and guests at last week’s Rotary Club of Humble Intercontinental luncheon."

> 9/11 Commission Report says WTC 1 was struck at 8:46a. This guy is specific about 8:48a; is he mistaken? Paper misquote? What did he say prior to this quote; was he referring to a separate explosion?

"Forney said that at about the 73rd floor, people were running back up, toward his group and the others making their way down."

> More evidence of illegally locked fire escape exits?

"At about the 65th floor, they saw a film of smoke on the ceiling, but they did not know the building was burning."