Wednesday, October 30, 2013

From the files of meaningless statistics....

I love this WSJ / NBC "News" poll question.  Let's ask a bunch of people, some large percentage of which have never worked in tech, nor logged onto the web site in question and ask them for an opinion.  And, no surprise, they found a large number that don't think it can ever be fixed.
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This would surprise me -  maybe even worry me, except that Americans (at least in these types of polls) are notoriously stupid.
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For example:
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31% of Republicans think obama is a Muslim. (LINK)
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37% of Americans believe climate change is a hoax (LINK)
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13% of Americans believe Obama is the AntiChrist (LINK)
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28% of Americans think Sadam Hussein was behind the 9/11 Terror Attacks (22% more "don't know" (LINK)
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66% of Americans can't name a single Supreme Court Member (LINK)
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37% of Americans can't find America on a map of only America (LINK)
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64% of Americans couldn't find Iraq on a map of the Middle East (LINK)
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90% of Americans can't find Afghanistan on a map of Asia (LINK)
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29% of Americans don't know who the Vice President is (LINK)
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Given this level of participatory knowledge of politics and civil discourse, the fact that 31% of Americans think a web site that they have never visited, can't be fixed - ever -  doesn't get my panties in a bunch.

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