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View Diary: ARIS 2008 shows Numbers of U.S. Atheists and "No Religion"-ists Booming (91 comments)

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  •  Hawaii's missing, too. (0+ / 0-)

    Apparently the survey only covers the contiguous 48. That'll require a revision or two to the diary....

    Good catch.

    •  Interesting (2+ / 0-)
      I would bet the inclusion of AK and HI would skew things more towards atheists and seculars.  HI because it is predominantly Asian, and AK being very libertarian and very male.
    •  contiguous state bias? (0+ / 0-)

      It does seem strange that they would do that.

      But then, during the election Fox News, the Republicans and even public radio seemed to suggest that Obama spending time in Hawaii was leaving the United States.  And the Republicans nominated someone affiliated with Alaska secessionists.  I wonder how many people don't think of Hawaii and Alaska as "real" states?

      Civil marriage is a civil right.

      by UU VIEW on Mon Mar 09, 2009 at 12:14:04 PM PDT

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      •  More likely a resource issue (0+ / 0-)

        than some kind of bizarre discrimination as you suggest. This survey was taken on by a nonprofit institute of higher learning after the previous one, CUNY, could not support the cost.

        Or, it might simply be the fact that the last two ARIS surveys only covered the contiguous 48, and demographers like to compare apples to apples.

        One day posterity will remember, this strange era, these strange times, when ordinary common honesty was called courage. -- Yevgeny Yevtushenko

        by RandomActsOfReason on Mon Mar 09, 2009 at 05:10:09 PM PDT

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        •  Ech... (0+ / 0-)

          Or, it might simply be the fact that the last two ARIS surveys only covered the contiguous 48, and demographers like to compare apples to apples.

          Yeah, but the researchers here state their conclusions as if they apply to the entire United States. Doing that when you've only studied 96% of said states--especially when it's highly dubious that findings from here in the contiguous forty-eight can be accurately extrapolated to the other (notably unique) two--seems to me poor form.

          Boo, researchers.

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