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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 01:32 AM
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Why did Zogby ask me so many questions about Bethlehem
in Israel? I'm probably one of the few that has had an opportunity to be there years ago; the first question I answered is 'what state am I from'? I live in TX; all of a sudden I get questions about Bethlehem? And is a wall a worthy 'thing' to provide? What are the percentages of Muslims, Christians, etc.? I live in Texas so thought the poll was b.s. If results are judged from my answers, or anyone's in TX with less knowledge than I have, it's criminal.
We are talking about and deciding if A WALL would be handy there; every answer I could provide was to deter a wall, because I don't know that they've (walls) ever been effective long-term.

I do not like walls.
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Hekate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 01:50 AM
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1. I got the Zogby poll too; I'm from California and the questions were the same
It always really makes me curious as to who is asking these questions (i.e. who commissioned the poll) and why. You learn things just from the questions.

Very interesting -- I didn't know the Israelis were planning to put up a wall -- and I don't like walls either. However my antennae really went up at the questions about Christians and "defending" Christian communities around the world, especially in Bethlehem. Who do you think wants to know American public opinion on that issue? Neocons and their ultra-fundy cohorts?

My personal belief is we should encourage religious freedom elsewhere as at home, but on a general basis. There are Christians settling in Israel and proselytizing (or rather doing good works in lieu of proselytizing) while awaiting the Rapture, which doesn't please the Jews all that much. I have not heard any indication that the Christians are being threatened in any way, however, and it's not the business of the USA to get involved in that.

Makes me wonder, Babylon Sister.

Hekate

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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 02:08 AM
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3. Lots of Christians vs. Muslims, RE: Bethlehem, but how am
I supposed to know that? They received quite a few 'not sure''s from me. And that's all I did, Hekate, answer honestly. Yes, I've been there; yes, I'd go back; yes, that would depend on the security of the country; yes, I'd go for the history and not the religion.
To me, religion is like sex. Whatever you do is your own business. Let's just enjoy life and not judge each other for these two issues.
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MonkeyFunk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 01:56 AM
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2. He asked
because somebody paid him to ask those questions.
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Crunchy Frog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 03:02 AM
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4. I got all the questions about Bethlehem too.
Was also asked my opinion on the state of Oklahoma. I told them I lived in Colorado. I think they were just standard questions given to everybody on that poll, along with the NASCAR questions.

I think they just like asking strange and inscrutable questions.
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AndyTiedye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 04:12 AM
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6. When They Asked Me About Oklahoma, I Said It Made Me Think of...
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tanyev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 07:17 AM
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13. I had to say Tim McVeigh.
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michaz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 07:39 AM
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15. I had to say
Horses!
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 09:17 AM
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19. My response also. nt
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AllegroRondo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 08:11 AM
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16. That was my answer too!
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rpgamerd00d Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 08:29 AM
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18. LOL! Me too.
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Bozita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 10:10 AM
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20. I replied "Imhofe"
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Sherman A1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 03:34 AM
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5. Yeah, it was a pretty bizarre grouping
I answered that I didn't like walls but have no intention of visiting the area under any circumstances. Just no interest for me.
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Princess Turandot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 05:01 AM
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7. Zogby usually throws political / policy questions into every poll..
They also poll for a lot of companies & organizations. I've completed numerous polls which mostly contained questions unrelated to politics. My assumption is that this poll was being done for some organization or entity with an interest in Bethelem, including tourism.

I usually enter 'not sure' on those types of questions, unless I happen to have an opinion. (BTW, the first thing that came to mind when I read 'Oklahoma' was 'musical' lol.
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laylah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 05:21 AM
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8. IL here, same questions/sentiments n/t
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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 05:47 AM
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9. When asked what the first thing I thought re: Bethlehem. . I wrote
"steel"
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NoSunWithoutShadow Donating Member (363 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 07:00 AM
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11. That's what I wrote too
Steel
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ayeshahaqqiqa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 06:54 AM
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10. Same questions here in Arkansas
I only wish that we could write out some answers!
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meegbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 07:02 AM
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12. 'tis the season?
:shrug:
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OhioChick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 07:34 AM
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14. I thought the questions were odd, as well.
Would I ever visit Bethlehem....??
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AnnInLa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 08:28 AM
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17. I know that entities hire Zogby to poll about products and
places (tourist bureaus). That one felt like it came from some Israeli tourist entity.

This morning's Zogby poll asked me about baseball....about which I know nothing.
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