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Re: [humanism-174] My day in Jury Duty - from Sheri

From: David
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. :)


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