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Friday, September 07, 2007

AFP massively spins poll of Israelis to make them look insecure

From AFP:
JERUSALEM (AFP) - A quarter of Jewish Israelis doubt that Israel will exist long-term and more than 70 percent have a bad assessment of the country's security situation, an opinion poll revealed on Friday.

When asked if they "felt certain that Israel will exist in the distant future", 25 percent of respondents said no and 74 percent of the respondents said yes, according to the results published in the Yediot Aharonot newspaper.

Without going into what exactly the "distant future" means, if a poll shows a 3-1 margin on a question, the minority is usually not the newsworthy part, let alone a story lead.

But once AFP is on a roll, it really gets going...

Only 57 percent of respondents said it was safer for Jewish people to live in Israel than in the West, compared to 39 percent who said it was safer in the West or amounted to the same thing.
Let's examine this one: Israelis are the ones who are under attack, and they still say by a large margin that it is safer to live in Israel than outside - and AFP tries to make it look like exactly the opposite!

Although 86 percent felt Israel was a good place to live and 86 percent described their mood as "good" as opposed to "bad", 72 percent of respondents said they were dissatisfied with the security situation in the country.

Some 26 percent described the security situation as "good".

The poll was carried out by an independent institute. It was based on a sample of about 500 Jewish Israelis and had a margin of error of 4.5 percent.
Using the word "although," AFP minimizes the astounding statistics saying that 86% are very happy living in Israel in order to highlight the fact that the security situation is not satisfactory - which is hardly contradictory.

In other words, a poll shows Israelis are by a huge majority happy with their lives and optimistic about the future, and AFP does literally everything possible short of lying to make Israelis look miserable and insecure.

Just to emphasize ther point, here's how AFP summarizes this article in the picture caption accompanying the story:
An opinion poll revealed that a quarter of Jewish Israelis doubt that Israel will exist long-term and more than 70 percent have a bad assessment of the country's security situation.