Lies, damned lies, statistics, and polls

Notable Quote: "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics." –  Benjamin Disraeli (1804 – 1881)

Perhaps we should add a fourth kind: Public opinion polls. Given the media’s penchant for polling the populace on just about anything and everything these days (got to have plenty of fodder for the 24-hour news cycle, you know)…perhaps it warrants taking a closer look at how some of the poll questions are phrased, and how much credence should be given to their published results.

The following is a great article from World Magazine…Tricky poll questions skew what Americans believe about the war in Iraq

Telephone_survey Am I asking the right questions?

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