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originally posted by: M4nWithNoN4me
Also, there are dozens of countries in the East whose names the average citizen may not remember, and in truth has absolutely no reason to remember. Azerbaijan and Agrabah? How many Americans or Europeans really need to know which place is real, and which is fictitious?
originally posted by: schuyler
It seems to me that we have had a number of so-called "polls" recently that are designed not to discover information or opinions, but to mislead those polled into doing stupid stuff. For example, there was a "poll" of Yale students who were tricked into saying the First Amendment should be abolished. In another "poll" some "researchers" took Bible quotes and presented them as part of the Koran and had people say how horrible those Muslims' beliefs were. And now we have this fake poll, tricking people into believing a fictional city is real.
These are not scientific polls at all. They are just azzhats who are designing these "polls" to deceive people so they can be made fun of. You could reverse any one of these polls and make any group of people you wanted to look stupid. It's easy to do this because people are basically trusting that they are not being tricked. As slashdot.org says in its polls (paraphrased) "If you're using these numbers to do anything serious, you're insane."