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The Fine Art of Spin Doctoring

Andrews’ book was the one that caused me feel as though I was being dared to test it all out. He discusses a poll by the New York Times on welfare spending.  There were two questions posed on the same issue; however, they were phrased differently.  The results were contradictory. This is a commonly used technique that can help pollsters know more about their audience than just yes or no.  So, I decided to see how my students would react to a sample poll.

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