Sunday, January 09, 2005

 

Ignorance and Awareness In Polls

Current polls indicate about 56% of Americans think the Iraq war was not worth it. A more revealing poll should be taken to ascertain what percentage of people who think the Iraq war WAS worth it get their news off of the internet instead of the mainstream media. In fact, every percentage of every poll that reflects on American's attitudes and opinions concerning our government's policies and performances should be further queried thus- how many people on each side of the respondents' replies get their information from either mainstream media or the internet or whatever source is available to them(libraries, books, etc).

I would wage a bet that the totals would indicate the following-(some hypothetical examples)

Approve Bush policies and performances- a large majority of this group gets their news from mainstream media sources.
Disapprove Bush policies and performances- a large majority of this group gets their news from other sources.
Believe the government's version of 911- very large majority gets their news from mainstream media.
Does not believe government's version of 911- very large majority gets their news from other sources.

In short, those people NOT reliant on or duped by mainstream media propaganda, espousing the government's line in everything, are alot more aware and in a better position to make an INFORMED opinion when polled. Polling respondents on WHERE they get their news would reveal a gaping disparity between mainstream media users and alternative news users on each side of the poll's answers. It would add further light, also, on how polls taken in the United States are hampered by massive ignorance and misinformation about the issues.


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