Friday, August 20, 2010

Twitting the twits

Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit reports on the apparently too widespread assertion that President Obama is a muslim.

Obama famously described himself as a blank screen onto which others projected their impressions. This worked for him for a long time. Now, it’s working against him.

But what if the people answering the surveys aren't sincere? One of his readers, William Kuhle, points out:

Surely some of those polled are against Obama and would respond in a way that would publicly tweak Obama, even though they know in their heart of hearts that he probably isn’t muslim. This polling behavior is, effectively, tit-for-tat, as Obama frequently does the same to his opponents

I think this is plausible, and a timely reminder that polls aren't always reliable guides even when you want them to be.

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