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I partially agree with the misreporting. People are more likely to respond in what they consider to be "acceptable". (In the words of our favourite clown Michael Moore: "Everyone here approves of what the president is doing. Ma, Pa, the kids, even the dog. You approve, dog!")

However I think your example about religion is precicely the opposite of what's happening. But do ask me again when you have an atheist president (or a few Governors. No, Jesse Ventura does not count! :) )

by Number 6 on Wed May 31st, 2006 at 05:58:26 AM EST
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Yes, I know, I can't spell.
by Number 6 on Wed May 31st, 2006 at 05:59:48 AM EST
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 My point, if correct, would suggest that there are actually more, not fewer deeply religious --read, superstitious and credulous believers in miracles--people than are indicated in even rigorously and methodologically sound polling suggests there to be.

  Therefore, if an atheist US president were to be elected, the first thing I'd do is to quickly check on the most basic laws of physics to see if these, too, were suddenly no longer operative.

  Before Americans knowingly elect an avowed atheist to the presidency, rocks will float up from the ground into the upper atmosphere.

"In such an environment it is not surprising that the ills of technology should seem curable only through the application of more technology..." John W Aldridge

by proximity1 on Wed May 31st, 2006 at 03:03:25 PM EST
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Thanks for clarifying this.
Looks like I read it backwards and upside down. :)
by Number 6 on Thu Jun 1st, 2006 at 04:44:54 AM EST
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