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phataccino



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Captiv8 wrote:
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A thousand people is not a large enough sample in my eyes to make this a viable claim. Ten thousand would have been much more apt, and wouldn't have been that hard if taken in various sectors across the country like, say, a thousand folks polled from the ten largest American cities. Then there could have data and hypotheses relative to perspectives across regions as well as across the country.

I don't know what Rasmussen's methodology for this was, or where they got their thousand respondents, but I'm confident that this poll of 1,000 people is more accurate than it would have been if they polled a million people using your idea.

On what basis? 1000 people is like polling a high school.

You can get pretty good results from small sample sizes when you know what you're doing, as I'm assuming the people at Rasmussen do. Better results than, say, completely igorning everyone who doesn't live in one of the 10 most populous cities.

edit: didn't see Icarus' post, which is much more clear in pointing out what I was talking about.
Post Tue Apr 21, 2009 9:17 am
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Beyond not knowing the differences, I would bet that 53% of the country couldn't provide an adequate description of Capitalism OR Socialism. Much less both.

Interesting read though.
Post Tue Apr 21, 2009 9:28 am
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phataccino wrote:
Captiv8 wrote:
phataccino wrote:
Captiv8 wrote:
A thousand people is not a large enough sample in my eyes to make this a viable claim. Ten thousand would have been much more apt, and wouldn't have been that hard if taken in various sectors across the country like, say, a thousand folks polled from the ten largest American cities. Then there could have data and hypotheses relative to perspectives across regions as well as across the country.

I don't know what Rasmussen's methodology for this was, or where they got their thousand respondents, but I'm confident that this poll of 1,000 people is more accurate than it would have been if they polled a million people using your idea.

On what basis? 1000 people is like polling a high school.

You can get pretty good results from small sample sizes when you know what you're doing, as I'm assuming the people at Rasmussen do. Better results than, say, completely igorning everyone who doesn't live in one of the 10 most populous cities.

edit: didn't see Icarus' post, which is much more clear in pointing out what I was talking about.


Yeah, you and Icarus are both right. A random polling would be much more effective than my idea. This is why I didn't run for student council.
Post Tue Apr 21, 2009 9:34 am
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I said young people are "more open" to socialism, not necessarily that they (we) categorically favored it.

The age breakdown is as follows:

"Adults under 30 are essentially evenly divided: 37% prefer capitalism, 33% socialism, and 30% are undecided. Thirty-somethings are a bit more supportive of the free-enterprise approach with 49% for capitalism and 26% for socialism. Adults over 40 strongly favor capitalism, and just 13% of those older Americans believe socialism is better."

True, Rasmussen didn't define either system, but I have more faith in Americans than what some people are saying, i.e., that the majority of Americans don't know the difference between capitalism or socialism.

People, in general, are aware that things aren't right:

"Rather than seeing large corporations as committed to free markets, two-out-of-three Americans believe that big government and big business often work together in ways that hurt consumers and investors."

Rasmussen Reports is a fascinating site.
Post Tue Apr 21, 2009 10:40 am
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