|Sent on:||Thursday, February 27, 2014 7:15 PM|
> This is just my opinion, but everyone tries to find the right answers > to the questions posed by the judge or attorneys. I guess it would > feel like you "failed" if you didn't get on a case. I am 100% certain that this is correct. Pollsters complain that they believe a lot of what recipients of polls say is what they think are the polite answers rather than what they believe. During the first election, I believe Obama polled a good bit higher than he actually got in the final vote. One of the theories was that people who didn't agree with Obama even for benign reasons of policy disagreements would tell pollsters that they supported him because they feared being perceived as racist if they said they weren't going to vote for Obama. There was also a late night TV comedy bit in January where they went out on the streets the day *before* Obama's State of the Union and asked people what they thought of the speech. Plenty of people offered their opinions of a speech that hadn't even happened! My favorite question was something like, "Were you surprised at all the product placement during the speech?" And the interviewee agreed! The reason they do this is that they don't want the interviewer to view them as uninformed. I've often said to coworkers who stress about corporate politics that it's very liberating when you stop caring about what other people think of you, just care about your own opinion of yourself. Applies to anonymous pollsters and interviewers, too! I've probably always been that way. I remember being interviewed by the local news for some story because I was top of my high school class, and I said something like I try to avoid as much homework as possible and don't study. Probably also said something awful like I play video games instead. I didn't see why that would piss off anyone since it was truthful, but it horrified everyone I knew who saw the story. :) -David.
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