Posted by: arnegrim | May 3, 2010

There’s Americans… and then there’s Americans…

“Polls show that most Americans like Arizona’s approach to illegal immigration. A new Gallup Poll found that about 51 percent who’d heard of the new law favored it, while about 39 percent of them opposed it and 11 percent had no opinion of it.

Among all Americans, 39 percent favor the law, 30 percent oppose it and 31 percent have no opinion or haven’t heard about it, Gallup said.”

Uh… so how do 51% of those who favor the law turn into 39%?  Perhaps those 6 little words “who’ve heard of the new law”?

I don’t get it.

It’s exactly this type of thing that makes polls so unreliable.  It all depends on the questions asked, the words used, the personality of the questioner…


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