If you are to be a critical watcher of polls, which of the following is not an issue of concern?A. Whether the sample is representativeB. Whether the poll agrees with your positionC. How the...

If you are to be a critical watcher of polls, which of the following is not an issue of concern?
A. Whether the sample is representative
B. Whether the poll agrees with your position
C. How the questions are worded
D. Who sponsored the poll
E. What the results mean

Is B the correct answer? thanks!

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The answer that you have picked is definitely correct!  The fact that a poll agrees or disagrees with your point of view has nothing to do with whether it is a good poll.  All of the other options do have to do with whether a poll is good.

A poll has to have a representative sample so that we can be sure that the people surveyed were similar to the overall population.  The wording of the question is extremely important because differently worded questions can elicit different answers.  The identity of the sponsor of the poll can matter, particularly if the poll ends up finding answers that are what the sponsors would have wanted to see.  Finally, you certainly want to know what the results mean because that will determine whether you have understood the poll correctly.  However, it does not matter whether you agree with a poll.  A poll can be excellent even if you hate its findings.

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