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It's all in the phraseology of the questions; like they first ask the question using a hard number ($25) and specifically cite your electric bill as the target. Electricity prices get messed with enough plus it's a basic utility,it's a necessity.
Then they re-phrase the question into a very general,abstract one. They went from 25.00 to "raise prices", and they changed Electric Bill to "things you buy". The phrase "things you buy" is broad and therefore far less threatening, and it implies having a choice. Maybe it's things like clothing that will go up,buying clothes is something people have more control over and is a less painful place to control one's consumption. Most people are probably only moderately aware that electricity is actually something they "buy",in the strictest terms anyway.
That poll is a great illustration of just how easy it is to get whatever poll results you want simply by constructing and phrasing your questions a certain way. If anyone watches Lou Dobbs (whom I like), his poll questions are a perfect example of that.
It's scary how easily people's minds and thought processes can be manipulated. I'm not sure that indicates stupidity necessarily, but it's indeed a scary place that we're at. I'd call us "brainwashed" rather than stupid.
Good post B, it's hopefully an eye-opener to everybody.
I think it would also be key to know whether these two questions were asked together or if they were separate polls of different people. I think there would be a drastic difference if the second question was asked independently rather than as a follow-up to the first. There's not much information from the link about this, but note the second question is actually listed before the first question there, with several other questions inbetween. I'm guessing the two weren't asked together.
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I think it would also be key to know whether these two questions were asked together or if they were separate polls of different people.
That would address the brain-dead,brainwashed issue but it would furthur enhance the issue of phraseology and how much a mere change of words or expression can completely alter the respondent's perception of impact.
But you're right; how creepy would it be if it was the exact same group of people responding to both questions, especially if there was a narrow timeframe between the questions, say just a 2-3 question span. Whoa.
People are losing the ability to not only think but reason. Scary stuff imo. The environment is the least of our problems.