Monday, July 03, 2006

Polls and loaded questions...

As always at the start of the new week, there is yet another poll result supporting someone's special interest. Today is no different...

A company called Opinion Dynamics Corporation conducted a poll on how Americans feel on a few select issues.

My favourite question is this:
Do you think the United States should honor its international treaty commitments to other countries, even if that means releasing dangerous enemy fighters from Guantanamo Bay?


Talk about loading a question. All this generates is an emotional response and certainly precludes the intellectual results from giving a real indication of the true opinion of the poll group. If the question was rephrased as:
Do you think the United States should honor its international treaty commitments to other countries, meaning that possibly innocent detainees would be released from Guantanamo Bay?

I am sure the poll results would be quite different.

Incidentally, the result of the original question had 54% of respondents saying that the US should ignore treaties if it meant releasing Guantanamo detainees. And they wonder why the world hates them...

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