Pew Global Attitudes Project: on Iran
I like that in the Western (media and academics) often scoff at local polling in the Middle East. Yet, I find the Western polling in the Middle East is rather comical especially that it is often subcontracted to local pro-US groups, and pollsters are often accompanied by regime goons. I once talked to a director at Gallop about their methods and realized how unreliable they are. I pointed out to them that some of the phrasing of the questions can't even translate into Arabic, and wondered how they obtained answers. Now look at the story here in the LA Times and notice that the article and headline deliberately mixed results of Europe with results in the Middle East. But I wanted to consult the actual poll: notice that results in Table 2 and Table 3 just don't make sense: they are not compatible. Also, here is the polling anomaly: 55% of the people in Jordan don't see Iranian nukes as a threat and yet 50% of the people of Jordan favor military action against Iran? This poll by Pew goes against every other poll we have seen on the subject. Is this one of the ways in which consent is being manufactured, as Chomsky calls it?