Polls and Differences of Public Opinion

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In the 19th century, Benjamin Disraeli said, "there are "lies, damn lies, and statistics." In the 21st century, we can add public opinion polls to that list. Public opinion sampling is a 5-billion dollar business that's still growing. Promoters, advertisers, politicians, and the public itself, all want to know what people are thinking. But how accurate are the polls? Do they reflect public opinion or do they mold and shape it? We hear some lively debate about the use and abuse as well as the methods and messages of public opinion polling, with representatives of the Warren Poll, Gallup Poll, Arab-American Action Network and syndicated columnist Arianna Huffington.
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