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  •  You seem to be missing the point (0+ / 0-)

    willfully or not, the point being that you must manipulate your polls in order to achieve accuracy - if you don't correct for error in sampling and question design, you will not be accurate and your results will be skewed, perhaps by bias, perhaps by ineptness.

    The other point being that you can, in fact, correct for pollster bias and honest pollsters do. The dishonesty is in skewing polls for a particular result, not correcting to achieve accuracy.

    An opinion or a bias does not automatically make people incapable of honesty and it does not render all polls skewed away from accuracy. The simple fact of a poll getting consistently accurate results sort of underlines that fact.

    •  I understand that very well. (0+ / 0-)

      I also understand about correcting for bias.
      And, maybe -- maybe -- you'll even get it right a decent part of the time.

      This is not about honesty. That is something different.  This is about people.  Unless, of course, you believe pollsters are somehow exempt from the frailties of humanity.  That would be dishonest.

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      by dinotrac on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 06:48:40 PM PST

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