On 03/30/2015 08:08 AM, Joseph Bupe wrote:
When you say the opinion poll reflects the point of view of the person
who writes it, does that mean the outcome is already decided in advance
regardless of what the respondents will say?

Of course not. But the people responding to the poll can't make a choice not already listed in the poll, except "none of the above".

And also yes, to varying degrees the poll predecides the answers.

Anyone who has ever worked for a political campaign knows how easy it is to sway responses by how the options are worded, even if the person writing the poll isn't consciously trying to "predecide" responses.

People will actually answer the same question - repeated again with different phrasing - and give the exact opposite of the answer they gave the first time. Different phrasing makes us think of different considerations.
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