Sean B. Keatts keatts at u.washington.edu
Fri Feb 3 16:23:15 EST 1995

Oh, please!  First off, the questions are worded RIGHT of center.  Secondly, 
it's a poll for his own personal use for a class.  He did not ask anyone 
to post their opinions.  Also, he's probably not concerned with wording, 
he wants to get numbers in the yes and no columns for his class.  His 
professor can be the judge of his wording, not you.

On 2 Feb 1995 macgyver at xensei.com wrote:

> In article <3gp3q6$ppk at ccnet3.ccnet.com>, smatthew at ccnet.com wrote:
> > I am doing a poll on several subjects for my speech and debate class:
> > 1. Eliminating Welfare
> > 2. Lifting the embargo on Cuba
> > 3. Legalize Prostituion
> > 4. Pass a Nationwide Prop 187
> > 5. Eliminate Arms sales to foreign nations
> > 6. Banning the media from trials.
> I disagree with your wording of these statements.  You're asking people to
> side *fully* with an extreme position ...or not at all.  These statements
> are clearly slanted left of center.  It would have been better to say
> "Overhaul Welfare" rather than "Eliminate..."  Much better to say
> "Restrict media access" than to outright "ban" it.  Prop 187 is also an
> extreme measure, even for those who favor a similar (yet scaled down)
> measure.
> I suggest that the next time you poll, try to get an *accurate* count. 
> This is only accomplished by wording without such a clear agenda.  I
> believe that most Americans are moderate... neither utterly conservative,
> nor completely liberal.  What's wrong with middle-of-the-road?

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