‘The Most Trusted People in America’ (2013)

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If you can cook the books, you can cook a poll.

If nothing else, this caper by Reader’s Digest shows us how to cook a poll to get the answers you want. Why Reader’s Digest wanted those answers is a dark mystery.

The Most Trusted People in America

So how does Tom Hanks wind up “the Most Trusted Person in America” (barf bag, please)? Easy. Present respondents with a prepared list with no one on it but liberals, “entertainers,” and liberal entertainers, and make sure you take the poll only on college campuses.

We’re never so stupid that our ruling class doesn’t want us even stupider.

5 comments on “‘The Most Trusted People in America’ (2013)

  1. It has always puzzled me that entertainers receive so much respect. There is definitely a fundamental misunderstanding involved which confuses popularity and visibility with trustworthiness.

    With regard t9 this specific poll, obviously any poll is only as good as the choices allowed in that poll. Which of the Three Stooges would have been the best at handling the Cuban Missile Crisis, had they been President? If you took a poll using that question, you might have ended up with an entertaining, but entirely meaningless answer.

    1. Could you imagine Curly’s reaction to the photos of missile sites? Whooping! Face slapping! It would have been a gas. 🙂

  2. I used to have a wonderful book, “How to Lie With Statistics.” I don’t know what happened to my copy, but it’s still available on Amazon, and even at my local library. It was an eye-opener for me long ago, and I’d love to read it again, even though most of it has stayed with me over the years. It talks about biased samples, rigged questions, misleading charts and graphs, and lots more.

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