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  •  You're right about that (0+ / 0-)

    Of course most poll questions in any poll make me want to offer some editorial comment.  

    It's like the old "Just a yes or no answer please." It's just never really informative enough to ask a question that simply has a yes or no answer.  I think that's probably fundamentally a problem of polling to determine how voters feel about something.

    People don't get up in the morning and ask, Do I want single-payer or managed competition? Wellstone

    by otto on Tue Feb 02, 2010 at 09:31:00 AM PST

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    •  that's why lawyers do it... (0+ / 0-)

      ...encourage "yes or no" answers to witnesses on the stand.  First, it prevents the witness from fouling up and mentioning something they shouldn't, but second, it allows the examiner to more carefully control what is said -- to chase after shades of gray when they want it, but to leave other things black and white if that is more preferable.  

      At the trial I was at last week, there was one witness in particular who was a very good witness, but was too eager to "help" and would answer a question "No.  But I guess on the other hand..."

      Everytime he did that, the prosecutors winced, and the defense counsel perked up their ears and got a glint in their eyes.  

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