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• ##### You can't do that(2+ / 0-)
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Kestrel, citizenx

if you're compiling survey results, you have to use the raw numbers and calculate the percentages from that. You can't add the percentages, you get garbage.

One survey might be of 20 people, the other of 20,000. Adding the percentages gives VERY skewed results.

• ##### what are you talking about?(2+ / 0-)
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Miss Blue, Swordsmith

im trying not to be rude, but seriously.  the results say "Total negative".  They are scale 1-5 questions, and all they are doing is grouping 1-2 and 4-5 to turn it into a 1-3.  That is not only standard it is very valid.

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• ##### That's not clear from the way it's(1+ / 0-)
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Simplify

written.

If it was put this way

Strongly favor.....21%
Somewhat favor.....15%
Somewhat oppose.....14%
Strongly oppose.....45%
Don't know.....4%

Total favor.....36%
Total oppose.....59%

Then it would be MUCH clearer.

• ##### uh(0+ / 0-)

the way it is done above is the way it is always done.  thats why it says "total oppose" as opposed to specific levels of opposition.

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• ##### The put the "totals" in bold print(0+ / 0-)

It took me about 10 seconds to work it out (and I can be slow on the uptake).   It's fine as is.

-6.63/-6.31"Giuliani...member of the New York, divorced, pro-choice, pro-gun control, pro-stem cell research, gay-friendly wing of the GOP." -Jon Stewart

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• ##### Oh, sorry - went back and looked(1+ / 0-)
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Odysseus

and they only bolded the interesting totals, not all of them.   I guess I can see where it might not be that intuitive.

Perhaps, if the totals were parenthetical, it would be clearer at first glance.

-6.63/-6.31"Giuliani...member of the New York, divorced, pro-choice, pro-gun control, pro-stem cell research, gay-friendly wing of the GOP." -Jon Stewart

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• ##### Yeah, that threw me too(0+ / 0-)

Should be "total in favor" and "total opposed"

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• ##### not that I want to argue...(0+ / 0-)

but my insane mind understood it perfectly thank you very much.
But then, I'm nuts.

If we have no freedom nor civil liberties, then what worth is our lives that we can not pursue living?

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• ##### They are not adding different surveys(0+ / 0-)

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