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Gormy Cuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-09-11 12:28 PM
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23. Nope. Do not confuse market research with applied social science research.
You have accurately described the goal of push polls and market research. The former has the goal of influencing opinion, the latter has the goal of gathering intelligence on public perceptions of products or services with the goal of honing the way the product is designed, packaged, advertised, and priced.

Social science researchers, with the exception of the partisan shills who violate all standards of the business, strive to measure and describe trends and opinions within and across demographic groups with a view towards minimizing bias by using accepted tools for that purpose. The Pew Research Center is one such social science research organization. Having said that, it doesn't mean that their research can be presumed to be without flaws. For example, Dean Baker's criticism that the Pew report did not address the switch from defined benefit pensions to 401Ks as a factor in the wealth ratio difference is something that the report authors should -- and probably will-- address.
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  -Pew Report on Young-Old Wealth Gap is Misleading and Divisive marmar  Nov-08-11 07:14 AM   #0 
  - Recommend  xchrom   Nov-08-11 07:19 AM   #1 
  - anyone with a functioning brain knows that study was bullshit  madrchsod   Nov-08-11 07:35 AM   #2 
  - Those over 65 were able to buy homes and pay off mortgages  Tansy_Gold   Nov-08-11 07:35 AM   #3 
  - That doesn't get over the fact that the young people paying for the elderly are in worse shape.  dkf   Nov-08-11 07:57 AM   #4 
     - Right. Right. And the elderly never contributed anything to the  Tansy_Gold   Nov-08-11 08:28 AM   #5 
     - I'm not concerned about me. I feel bad for the kids.  dkf   Nov-08-11 08:40 AM   #6 
        - WE DID NOT LEAVE YOU WITH A MESS  Tansy_Gold   Nov-08-11 08:56 AM   #8 
           - Kind of looks like one to me.  dkf   Nov-08-11 09:02 AM   #9 
           - Your generation voted to make a mess.  jeff47   Nov-08-11 02:22 PM   #16 
              - You are blaming "a generation" rather than politicians, Wall Street and the  KoKo   Nov-09-11 08:03 AM   #19 
     - Still spouting the talking points.  hobbit709   Nov-09-11 10:21 AM   #21 
  - It's amusing to watch baby boomers freak out about this study  jeff47   Nov-08-11 08:41 AM   #7 
  - I'm not freaked out by the study at all, but you and others here seem to have latched on to it  sinkingfeeling   Nov-08-11 09:54 AM   #12 
     - You are utterly misunderstanding the study.  jeff47   Nov-08-11 01:43 PM   #15 
        - Did they include CEO's in this study?  zalinda   Nov-09-11 10:44 AM   #22 
  - Sorry, but no  Alcibiades   Nov-08-11 09:13 AM   #10 
  - It's not only the lack of opportunity for young people but also how much of that sad income will  dkf   Nov-08-11 09:27 AM   #11 
     - Even the proposed cuts to Social Security will hit the young  Alcibiades   Nov-08-11 11:48 AM   #13 
  - If George W. Bush had never been president, we'd all be better off.  Democrats_win   Nov-08-11 12:09 PM   #14 
  - K&R Division is their calling card...  midnight   Nov-08-11 05:46 PM   #17 
  - It Was Designed to Be So.  Wolf Frankula   Nov-08-11 07:12 PM   #18 
     - Since it wasn't a poll, your points are irrelevant  muriel_volestrangler   Nov-09-11 08:33 AM   #20 
     - Nope. Do not confuse market research with applied social science research.  Gormy Cuss   Nov-09-11 12:28 PM   #23 

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