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November 1, 2005

What IS true?

It Ain't Necessarily So (Ch 6 & 7) -- News Writing (EL 227)

"We're all aware that different surveys asking questions about the same set of issues can result in startingly different responses."

Once more, the authors tell us the same thing-Don't trust the numbers or the statistics. People use polls as a way to support their opinion. The way that poll givers ask questions can greatly affect he poll taker's answers. DON'T ALWAYS TRUST WHAT YOU READ! I understand this. I really do, but correct me if I'm wrong, there is NO way to guarentee a non-biased poll or study and you can not trust a single statistic that you read. Right? I'm genuinely asking. Is there any way to be sure that the numbers you see in polls or statistics are true? This book has done a great job in proving to me that you can't. It's kind of sad though. Do we really have any idea what's going on in the world? Probably not. Because we trust the statistics and studies that we read about to tell us, but they're corrupt. I don't know what to think.

Posted by CheraPupi at November 1, 2005 3:21 PM


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