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ChadwickHenryWard Donating Member (692 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-07-10 12:03 AM
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23. I have always wondered what percentage of people
Edited on Sun Feb-07-10 12:04 AM by ChadwickHenryWard
in your average poll don't understand the question and are just making up the answer. This phenomenon might be at work here; a significant number of those responding might not clearly understand the statement they are being asked to give an opinion about. I recall a poll that was posted here a couple years ago in which 8% of self-identified atheists said they were "completely sure" god existed. That means that at least those eight percent didn't know what the word "atheist" meant. I have always been wary of polls for this reason, just from the general observation that most people aren't very smart.
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