Ted Belman. In this video CNN interviews Naftali Benhnett on why Netanyshu is going to speak to Congress. In the interview she makes the point that a J-Street po0ll concluded that 84% of American Jews supported the deal being talked about. Bennett couldn’t comment on it but Benjamin Korn and Moshe Phillips sure did in this article.
It’s all in the wording of the question. How to lie with statistics.
Viewers of CNN this week were informed by anchor Erin Burnett of what she called “a historically momentous event”: 84% of American Jews support President Obama’s position on a nuclear deal with Iran, Burnett declared.
But the claim is a fraud.
Burnett was interviewing Israeli cabinet minister Naftali Bennett, who argued that the weak terms President Obama is proposing to Iran will leave Teheran with the capability to develop nuclear weapons in a short time. So Burnett swooped in with what she undoubtedly thought would be a “gotcha” moment.
Burnett said she was “fascinated” to learn that “Israeli Jews and American Jews do not seem to see things the same way” on Iran. Her proof: “The influential Jewish lobbying group J Street” –note the absence of any acknowledgment that J Street is a strident left-wing opponent of the Israeli government– carried out a poll which asked American Jews “if they supported a nuclear deal with Iran, a deal that would allow Iran to enrich nuclear material, and 84% of American Jews said yes.” This trend, she concluded, is “an historically momentous event.”
“Allow Iran to enrich nuclear material” ? Is it possible that 84% of American Jews would endorse such a position, which sounds as if they are willing to risk Iran turning that enriched material into nuclear weapons?
No, it’s not possible. The number is the result of a rigged question, which in turn is being manipulated by J Street and its supporters –including Erin Burnett– to advance their argument.
The poll was taken three months ago. The Iran question was one of numerous questions asked of 800 Jewish voters leaving the polls after they voted in the November 2014 midterm elections.
But before analyzing what the poll asked about Iran, there is another important aspect to consider. One of the first questions asked the respondent to name two issues that “were the most important for you in deciding your vote for Congress today.” Fourteen foreign and domestic issues were listed. Iran came in dead last. What percentage of these Jewish voters considered Iran to be even one of their two top issues? Zero. Not one person chose it.
If Iran was not a major issue of concern to the respondents, it also means that many of the respondents are probably not very well informed on the details of the issue. After all, you don’t read up in detail on issues that are not important to you. In other words, the people J Street was asking about Iran were the ones who likely knew …read more