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  •  It's not that it's misstructured, (6+ / 0-)

    it's that it is virtually impossible to capture the relative importance placed on these issues in a linear survey.

    •  Absolutely right! (3+ / 0-)
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      ZenTrainer, not a cent, mieprowan

      Any survey which forces a rank ordering of items, many of which are interrelated, is hard to interpret, at best, and misleading, at worst.

      Not to say it's valueless, as the comments about redirecting public discussion say.

      "Certainly the game is rigged. Don't let that stop you; if you don't bet, you can't win." Lazurus Long

      by rfall on Tue Jan 27, 2009 at 10:08:01 PM PST

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      •  But the poll DOES NOT force a rank ... (3+ / 0-)
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        ColoTim, bushondrugs, rfall

        ...ordering. 85% of the respondents could have said the economy, the environment, global warming, crime, and Social Security were all top priorities. Or any other combination. This is not the same as asking respondent to rank the items from 1-20.

        Americans do not like to think of themselves as aggressors, but raw aggression is what took place in Iraq. - John Prados

        by Meteor Blades on Tue Jan 27, 2009 at 10:42:21 PM PST

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        •  Good point, although I can't tell from reading (0+ / 0-)

          ...the source article how the poll was phrased--did the respondents get to rank order as many of the 20 problems as they wanted?  If so, were they allowed to leave some of the 20 as unranked?  Or were they allowed to pick only five of the 20, without ranking them?

          Do you have a pointer to material that might clarify?

          Not that it's terribly important, and I stand corrected.

          "Certainly the game is rigged. Don't let that stop you; if you don't bet, you can't win." Lazurus Long

          by rfall on Tue Jan 27, 2009 at 10:46:57 PM PST

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          •  You can read the text ... (3+ / 0-)
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            bushondrugs, not a cent, rfall

            ...here. This is the question:

            I'd like to ask you some questions about priorities for President-elect Obama and Congress this year. As I read from a list, tell me if you think the item that I read should be a top priority, important but lower priority, not too important or should it not be done. (First,) should (INSERT ITEM; RANDOMIZE; OBSERVE FORM DIFFERENCES) be a top priority, important but lower priority, not too important, or should it not be done? What about... (INSERT ITEM)?)

            The environment has been included as a choice since 1997 on the list. Some other items have not, as you can see by scrolling.

            Americans do not like to think of themselves as aggressors, but raw aggression is what took place in Iraq. - John Prados

            by Meteor Blades on Tue Jan 27, 2009 at 10:57:41 PM PST

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        •  Point taken, but (1+ / 0-)
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          bushondrugs

          the point remains. Of all these issues, which would you rank as foremost? And is there an issue, or two, that you would not prioritize because you believe they are subsumed in other goals?

          It truly is a limitation of the method.

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