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View Diary: New AP Poll: Iraq War Support 37%, Support for Dissent 87% (260 comments)

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  •  Typical Terrible Question (4.00)
    There is a whole science of public opinion research, and questions like this just make the real experts roll their eyes and toss up their hands in despair.

    First off, there is a place for forced-choice questions, of course. But it's not front-and-center. First you need to get a sense of the diversity of opinion, then you look at how people will break if forced to make a black-and-white choice, which is sometimes necessary.  In most cases, of course, it is not. Usually there is plenty of policy nuance available.

    Second, as noted "stabilized" is an utterly meaningless term, an inkblot that can be just about anything.  This sort of option for this question  appeals to desperate hopes as well as hardline obstinancy.  It is, quite simply, a testing of Bush's propaganda frame, nothing more.

    Third, the lack of a time frame reinforces all the above.  

    Fourth, the lack of reference to the cost in blood and treasure doubly reinforces all the above.

    Get the picture?

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