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Ground-level view of the Twin Towers prior to the Sept. 11 attacks.

Half of New York City residents believe some government leaders “knew in advance that attacks were planned on or around Sept. 11, 2001, and that they consciously failed to act,” according to a poll by Zogby International.

The new survey, conducted on the eve of the Republican National Convention, showed 66 percent want Congress or New York’s attorney general to open up a new investigation of “unanswered questions” surrounding the attacks.

The poll was sponsored by 911truth.org, a coalition of researchers, journalists and victim family members “working to expose and resolve the hundreds of critical questions still swirling around 9-11.”

Nearly 30 percent of registered Republicans and more than 38 percent of those who described themselves as “very conservative” supported the claim that leaders knew of the attacks in advance, the poll showed.

The charge found high support among adults under 30, 63 percent; African-Americans, 63 percent; Hispanics, 60 percent; Asians, 59 percent; and “Born Again” evangelical Christians, 50 percent.

W. David Kubiak, executive director of 911truth.org, said he was surprised at the results.

“We’re familiar with high levels of 9-11 skepticism abroad where there has been open debate of the evidence for U.S. government complicity,” he said.

Kubiak cited a national poll in May showing that 63 percent of Canadians were convinced U.S. leaders had “prior knowledge” of the attacks yet declined to act.

“There was no U.S. coverage of this startling poll or the facts supporting the Canadians’ conclusions, and there has been virtually no debate on the victim families’ scores of still unanswered questions,” he said.

Nicholas Levis of NY911truth.org, an adviser on the poll, complained the 9-11 commission gave plenty of recommendations but failed to answer questions such as “the unexplained collapses of World Trade Center building 7, “our air defenses, official accountability, the chain of command on 9-11, the anthrax, insider trading and FBI field probes.”

The poll also indicated 51 percent of New Yorkers think U.S. leaders “deliberately misled” them before the war.

911Truth.org says it will co-sponsor two large inquiries into 9-11, Sept. 9 and 11 in New York. A preliminary Citizens Commission hearing and “Confronting the Evidence: 9-11 and the Search for Truth,” a research-focused evidentiary forum, will discuss preparation of a probable cause complaint.

Possible charges, according to the group, range from criminal negligence and gross dereliction of duty to foreknowledge, complicity and subsequent obstruction of justice.

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