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Milt's File

A file of links relating to Extension 720 with Milt Rosenberg, a talk show on Chicago's WGN Radio.

Monday, December 06, 2004

POLLSTER DISINGENUOUSNESS ON A RAMPAGE! The folks who did this poll for Newsweek really know that it overestimates by far the number of people who "literally believe" the Christmas narrative. What the magazine doesn't tell you is that respondents usually try to give the interviewer what they think he wants or expects to hear. To say this in socio-psychologese, the processes of "interviewer expectancy,"demand characteristics" and "evaluation apprehension" are all operative--especially in an interview about religious beliefs conducted as Christmas approaches!