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Old 02-03-2003, 05:40 PM   #1
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So I'm studying research methods right now, and I learned that how things are phrased often changes how a question is responded to, even if those two words mean exactly the same thing. So, let's phrase Dreadsox's little questionnaire to show you what I mean:

Are you a warmonger?
Are you for the state-sponsored murder of prisoners?
Are you for the women's right to control their own bodies?
Are you for prohibitions on the women's right to control their own bodies?
Are you for private ownership of semi-automatic weaponry and armor-piercing bullets?

Please take your time.

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Old 02-03-2003, 05:42 PM   #2
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melon,

you are too smart for most of us here.

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Old 02-03-2003, 05:44 PM   #3
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oohlala melon, arent these just the romantic of questions...is love on the mind, hmm?

ok.

1. big time. im all for the bombing the hell out of anyone that gets in my way. if its for money, its for a good cause.

2. depends

3. i dont know if i properly understand this or

4. this question.

5. absolutely. the more guns and ammunition on the streets, the less likely it is that these weapons will fall into the hands of someone bad, someone like oh, say, a TERRORIST.

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Melon nicely points out the problem with most polls today. You can get the answer you want by phrasing the question the "right" way.
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Old 02-03-2003, 06:33 PM   #5
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LOL.....Nice!
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Melon nicely points out the problem with most polls today. You can get the answer you want by phrasing the question the "right" way.
Yes, but I was not trying to lead anyone down any paths.
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Sorry, that is not what I meant. I think your questions were very straight forward.
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Old 02-03-2003, 06:46 PM   #8
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Oh I am soooo offended...LOL

No need to apologize.

Melon,

How would you phrase it to make it better?

Example:

Are you a warmonger or a pacifist?

Would this make it less biased?
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Old 02-03-2003, 06:52 PM   #9
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There isn't a way to make it less biased, really. I just know how to get the answers I want, and, yes, I can do it in far more subtle means. I used a dramatic example on purpose.

Basically, the best way to make it as little biased as possible is to use words that you know aren't controversial. Also take note as to what connotations certain words have, because that will influence as well.

I would say it is an acquired talent. I was just partially being bull-headed tonight.



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Old 02-03-2003, 06:56 PM   #10
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Well, I think you are suffering from survey envy!!!!

My "little" survey....sounded so....well.... ya know!

Truth be told, I had to think about it. I did not want to say, who is for WAR. I do not think anyone is for WAR.

Then the abortion question, well, I had to add the second part.

I had a hard time doing my research project making sure it was not biased. Had to rework many parts before the professors were happy.

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Are you a warmonger? No.
Are you for the state-sponsored murder of prisoners? No.
Are you for the women's right to control their own bodies? Yes.
Are you for prohibitions on the women's right to control their own bodies? No.
Are you for private ownership of semi-automatic weaponry and armor-piercing bullets? No.


I'm pretty consistent.
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I'm pretty consistent.
And that is what we like about you Martha
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Are you a warmonger? No.
Are you for the state-sponsored murder of prisoners? No.
Are you for the women's right to control their own bodies? Yes.
Are you for prohibitions on the women's right to control their own bodies? No.
Are you for private ownership of semi-automatic weaponry and armor-piercing bullets? No.

Ah just copy and paste! Thx martha for doing the work for me.

Martha for President!
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Martha for President!

I like the sound of that! *votes*
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Have to agree with Melon. I haven't answered Dreadsox poll since I don't like having things so cut a dried. Some I'd be happy with but I usually like having modifiers. Single terms and simplistic statements make me uncomfortable since they are far too absolute and vague at the same time. Besides I'm usually between extremes, mostly strongly one direction or the other but only rarely the full way. For instance I'm against war for the most part but I do believe there are some things when put to it that have to be fought for. Also while I am in theory for non-violence, I am by nature a puch you in the face if you really make me mad personality. I'd feel bad afterwords but at the moment I'd break your nose. Though I've only ever been in one fightand that was in grade school and is somethingI'm ashamed of to this day. I guess I've been fortunate never to be put to the test since.
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