Fairleigh Dickinson University Public Mind poll flawed, Bias uninformed sloppy methodologies?, Obama hiding records not just a theory, Unemployment rate question worded poorly

Fairleigh Dickinson University Public Mind poll flawed, Bias uninformed sloppy methodologies?, Obama hiding records not just a theory, Unemployment rate question worded poorly

“Fairleigh Dickinson University (“University”) occupies a position of prominence, trust and responsibility within the state, the nation and the world. The University’s reputation, welfare, and ability to advance its mission rests upon the commitment of every member of the community to act with the highest level of integrity at all times while performing their official duties. Conduct which falls below this standard is inimical to the University and may result in a loss of confidence in the University and its mission by constituencies, stakeholders and publics.”…Fairleigh Dickinson University code of conduct and ethics

“Why has Obama, since taking the White House, used Justice Department Attorneys, at taxpayer expense,  to avoid presenting a legitimate birth certificate and college records?”…Citizen Wells

“And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed
–if all records told the same tale–then the lie passed into
history and became truth. “Who controls the past,” ran the
Party slogan, “controls the future: who controls the present
controls the past.”…George Orwell, “1984″

Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Public Mind recently released poll results that were reported by Politico. Politico’s biased reporting was addressed at Citizen Wells yesterday.

The Public Mind poll result reporting and some of the methodologies will be addressed below.

Fairleigh Dickinson University

CODE OF CONDUCT AND ETHICS

“Fairleigh Dickinson University (“University”) occupies a position of prominence, trust and responsibility within the state, the nation and the world. The University’s reputation, welfare, and ability to advance its mission rests upon the commitment of every member of the community to act with the highest level of integrity at all times while performing their official duties. Conduct which falls below this standard is inimical to the University and may result in a loss of confidence in the University and its mission by constituencies, stakeholders and publics.

This Code of Conduct sets forth standards which Members of Fairleigh Dickinson University, as defined in Article II, are required to observe when representing the University or otherwise performing their official duties.”

“This Code of Conduct is applicable to members of the board of trustees, faculty members, staff members, fellows, researchers, graduate assistants, teaching assistants and student employees (“Member of the University” or “Member”).”

Click to access codeofconductpdfversion.pdf

Let’s see how the University’s code of ethics meshes with the polling and poll reporting.

From the poll January 17, 2013.

“CONSPIRACY THEORIES PROSPER”

“Sixty-three percent of registered voters in the U.S. buy into at least one political conspiracy theory, according to results from a recent Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind Poll. The nationwide survey of registered voters asked Americans to evaluate four different political conspiracy theories: 56 percent of Democrats and 75 percent of Republicans say that at
least one is likely true. This includes 36 percent who think that President Obama is hiding information about his background and early life, 25 percent who think that the government knew about 9/11 in advance, and 19 percent who think the 2012 Presidential election was stolen. Generally, the more people know about current events, the less likely they are to believe in conspiracy theories – but not among Republicans, where more knowledge leads to greater belief
in political conspiracies.

The most popular of these conspiracy theories is the belief that President Obama is hiding important information about his background and early life, which would include what’s often referred to “birtherism.” Thirty-six percent of Americans think this is probably true, including 64 percent of Republicans and 14 percent of Democrats.

“This conspiracy theory is much more widely believed mostly because it’s been
discussed so often,” said Dan Cassino, a professor of political science at Fairleigh Dickinson University and an analyst for the poll. “People tend to believe that where there’s smoke, there’s fire – so the more smoke they see, the more likely they are to believe that something is going on.””

“In general, higher levels of actual knowledge about politics tends to reduce belief in conspiracy theories. In the poll, respondents were asked a series of four questions about current events, and respondents who were able to answer more questions correctly were less likely to endorse the conspiracy theories. Fifteen percent of people who got none of the questions right thought that three or four of the conspiracies were likely, compared to three percent of those who answered three or four correctly. Education also tended to reduce belief in the conspiracy theories.

However, the relationship between current events knowledge and belief in conspiracy theories is conditional on partisanship. Among Democrats, each question answered correctly reduces the likelihood of endorsing at least one of the conspiracy theories by seven points. Among independents, each additional question reduces it by two points. For Republicans, though, each additional question answered correctly tends to increase belief in at least one of the
theories by two points.

“There are several possible explanations for this,” said Cassino. “It could be that more conspiracy-minded Republicans seek out more information, or that the information some Republicans seek out just tends to reinforce these myths.””

http://publicmind.fdu.edu/2013/outthere/

“The most popular of these conspiracy theories is the belief that President Obama is hiding important information about his background and early life”

This is no conspiracy theory. It is a well documented fact. Beginning in 2007 when Obama was interviewed while campaigning, Obama refused to supply records while he was in the IL Senate and consistently gave vague and evasive responses.

Beginning in 2008 and continuing to today, Obama has used a long list of private  attorneys such as Robert Bauer and numerous US Justice Dept. attorneys, at taxpayer expense, to avoid presenting legitimate birth, college, student loan and other records. For anyone not paying attention (living under a rock) during that period of time, Donald Trump, several months ago, offered Obama $ 5 million to release his college records. Obama refused to comply.

Conclusion: Obama hiding records?

Fact

Professor Dan Cassino stated:

“People tend to believe that where there’s smoke, there’s
fire – so the more smoke they see, the more likely they are to believe that something is going on.”

That is correct.

“Generally, the more people know about current events, the less likely they are to believe in conspiracy theories – but not among Republicans, where more knowledge leads to greater belief in political conspiracies.”

More knowledge by Republicans, and I would add, more respect for the US Constitution, makes them aware of Obama hiding his records.

“There are several possible explanations for this,” said Cassino. “It could be that more conspiracy-minded Republicans seek out more information, or that the information some Republicans seek out just tends to reinforce these myths.””

Bias apparent.

The questions asked were very poorly presented in the documentation. There are 2 questions that relate to unemployment:

“As far as you know, has unemployment increased, decreased, or stayed the same over the past twelve months?”

“Is unemployment higher, lower, or the same as it was when President Obama first took office in 2009?”

Instead of clarifying what they are referring to such as “stated unemployment rate” or “US Labor Dept. unemployment rate” they just state unemployment. The truly informed will pause, perhaps ask for clarification, and if none is given may answer it is difficult to ascertain. So many have dropped out of the labor force, i.e. the Labor Force Participation Rate has fallen so much that the number unemployed has stayed the same or possibly risen.

This poll and polling analysis is clearly biased and sloppy. Can these people be this uninformed or does political idealogy cloud their methodologies?

Peer review.

I am qualified.

20 responses to “Fairleigh Dickinson University Public Mind poll flawed, Bias uninformed sloppy methodologies?, Obama hiding records not just a theory, Unemployment rate question worded poorly

  1. Obama’s Family Proves Kenyan Obamas Know How to Illegally Enter the USA and Obtain Identity Papers

    If Barack is Kenyan, Like He Publicly Claimed for 17 Years, Why Shouldn’t We Take Him at His Word, Arrest Him Under the Aliens and Seditions Acts, Publicly Try Him for Espionage, and Then Either Jail Obama for Life or Legally Execute Him if He’s Found Guilty of Treason?

    …Please Note the Treason Clause, “Furnishing Enemies with Arms” …It Precisely Fits Obama’s Fast & Furious Gun Running to Mexican Drug Lords, F16’s and Tanks for an Egyptian Islamic Extremist Dictator, Navy Seal Boats for His Corrupt Socialist Family Member in Kenyan Gov’t, and Missiles and Arms to Al Qaeda, Our Shooting War Enemy of Last 12 Years

    http://commieblaster.com/index.html

  2. Bob Strauss………….
    Good afternoon Bob!……..you are right on as usual!

  3. Comment from
    http://obamareleaseyourrecords.blogspot.com/2013/01/new-york-census-confirms-obama-alias.html#idc-container

    (As usual….loose lips sink ships….our Ship of State!)

    Leslie · 2 hours ago
    I discovered the reference to Harry Bounel in the 1940 census back in Oct 2012 and have been working with Albert Hendershot quietly for three months now to get CONCRETE proof that this is the original holder of O’s social security number. Orly’s information is misleading. First the Bounel in the Bronx census is a white man born in 1890 Russia, and he became a naturalized citizen. The Bonnel that she believes was living with Michelle’s family in CT is not the same man. The one in CT is listed as born 1860, with a different name spelling, and is mulatto. She is confusing information.

    Secondly, there is no known connection to the Newtown CT area nor to any of the hospitals there. A death certificate for Harry Bounel born in Russia has not yet been found. She is running on assumptions. She is assuming that the Bonnel showing in the 1910 census and the one in the 1940 census in NY are the same person. They are not.

    Third, and finally, none of her information can be proved until a death certificate for Harry Bounel is found. I have personally submitted FOIAs to the SS admin and have gone back and forth with them for three months now trying to get information. They are asking for proof of death. What I have done with them DOES show a positive inference that O is using Bounel’s SS#, however it is not proof and won’t stand up in a court of law. My research will now be hampered by Orly prematurely publishing the connection and including misinformation. Any headway I’ve gained will now be shut down because all avenues to gain documentation will be closed. This is the reason Al and I were keeping this to ourselves so we could find actual proof, not supposition. I had the SS admin in check and was going in for the checkmate, but now that she’s published this all doors to documentary proof will be closed.

    Al, and I, will publish an article about what I’ve done shortly, now that we’ve been forced into being public about it by Orly once again grasping at straws and prematurely tipping our hand.

  4. At CDR Kerchner (Ret)’s Blog:

    “Twenty-Five Rules of Disinformation — Tactics Used by the Far Left & Main Stream Media to Protect Obama”

    “Also see “Gas Lighting“, another disinformation term to describe the orchestrated confusion of reality to confuse the target … which in Obama’s and the far left’s case is the American electorate … all enabled by a cowardly and complicit U.S. Congress and an enabling and complicit main stream media:”
    —————
    http://cdrkerchner.wordpress.com/2013/01/19/twenty-five-rules-of-disinformation-tactics-used-by-the-far-left-main-stream-media-to-protect-obama/

  5. Bob Strauss
    Of course there is the other scenario….he was groomed for the top slot…
    Seems to me his background (that we know of) is just too sloppy for him to have managed this alone. Cracks in this facade are occurring almost on a daily basis.
    It is my conviction that this man (?) is America’s (by whatever means) first affirmative-action president. But his education itself belies something more is wrong here. He was not only a lame student (by his own admission) this manufactured tale also includes a multitude of drug abuses (also by admission) which would seem to calculatedly appeal to a burgeoning sub-culture of drug users nation-wide, who are, most unfortunately, voters. I somehow do not see the character of a Joe Biden carrying this group as handily. He (Biden) just doesn’t convey the image of being “one of them”.
    Realistically speaking, what element of society would have a better chance of crossing cultural lines than drug use? Although it is only one of the taboos in play, it is huge in terms of numbers. Just consider, for a moment, just how this theory stacks up when one considers the US as culturally ill, not only in the area of drug use, but in many other areas as well….in fact, I would go so far as to say that this man, now that we know a little more about him, would most certainly appeal across a broad spectrum of social iniquities.
    Not that I necessarily disagree with you Bob, I would however be most curious to know who/what is behind the machinery that put this guy in the most powerful seat in the world.

  6. Has anyone figured out yet what the difference is between an “Executive Order” and an “Executive Action”?

  7. I should have posted this on November 22:

    “EXECUTIVE ACTION (1973) FULL MOVIE”

  8. Jack Cashill:

    “DO ALL HAWAIIANS MAKE UP GIRLFRIENDS?”

    “One story is currently consuming the American media, and not just the sports media. That story, of course, is whether Notre Dame All-American linebacker Manti Te’o conspired to fabricate his seemingly tragic relationship with imaginary girlfriend Lennay Kekua or whether he is a victim of a cruel hoax.

    Much is at stake – or so we are told. If Te’o proves to be a participant, NFL scouts will question his character and downgrade his stock in the upcoming NFL draft. …

    In the last 24 hours, the media have scrutinized Te’o’s life more thoroughly than they did Obama’s in the last eight years. And that is shameful – on both counts.”

    http://www.wnd.com/2013/01/do-all-hawaiians-make-up-girlfriends/

  9. Amen GORDO.

  10. Obama Asserts His Dictatorship

    October 24, 2011

    http://swordattheready.wordpress.com/2011/10/24/obama-asserts-his-dictatorship/

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    The Revolution Is At Our Door

    January 15, 2013 · 10:15 am

    “As the American experiment with liberty collapses into tyranny, a very real bloodbath stands in wait.”

    “The American War of Independence and the French Revolution. Two revolutions against state authority and tyranny. Two completely different outcomes.

    Why?

    In attempting to answer the question of where his native nation of France went wrong, Alexis DeToqueville summed up in Democracy in America, that America’s greatness could be found in our churches, and that the day America ceased to be good (and moral), she would cease to be great. He was stating what John Adams himself had declared when he wrote: “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the governance of any other (people)”.

    It is not lost on any right-thinking American that our nation has ceased to be a moral or religious nation and has ceased to be good. MarxoFascists and Leftists have been busy redefining morality and what is good for the better part of five decades, and their cultural revolution has paved the way for their hoped-for Marxist revolution against Capitalism and individual liberty. Running on the induced self-loathing of America that has been soaked into the minds of public school and college students since the 1960′s, the culture war has been lost to Leftists. Coupled with a complete brainwashing of Communist/Socialist propaganda by Leftist Teachers and their Communist Unions being taught as the only true morality and fairness, Obama’s army of disgruntled welfare class dependents and media stooges, are openly calling for the deaths of Americans they hate.

    At the other end of the spectrum, lovers of our liberty and Constitution see this as a direct threat to freedom. The actions of the Obama regime and Democrat MarxoFascists in Congress; the impending nullification of the Second Amendment is spurning the exponentially accelerated talk of revolution against the counter-revolutionaries of the Obama-Left.

    War it appears, is on our doorstep.”

    “Revolution may sound romantic – but it is anything but. It often descends into a bloodbath of horrors and terror that end up being waged by those not grounded in religious principles. It would do us all well to read the following essay by Daniel Greenfield and contemplate what is being stoked among us, and is standing upon our doorsteps.”

    Continue Reading: http://swordattheready.wordpress.com/2013/01/15/the-revolution-is-at-our-door/#comment-12856

  11. coldwarvet2 | January 19, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    “Realistically speaking, what element of society would have a better chance of crossing cultural lines than drug use? Although it is only one of the taboos in play, it is huge in terms of numbers. Just consider, for a moment, just how this theory stacks up when one considers the US as culturally ill, not only in the area of drug use, but in many other areas as well….in fact, I would go so far as to say that this man, now that we know a little more about him, would most certainly appeal across a broad spectrum of social iniquities.
    Not that I necessarily disagree with you Bob, I would however be most curious to know who/what is behind the machinery that put this guy in the most powerful seat in the world”.
    *******************************************
    I am wary of the gay community as one of those taboos, and the blackmail threat that goes along with being outed. High on the list is the Nation of Islam, and the Million man march crowd.

  12. teao equals sandy hook distraction thats what the media wants period distraction from the real hoax

  13. BobStrauss…………
    In all probability it will be that very MILLION MAN ARMY which saves the US,but if all of the potential LEADERS of that Army sit in their nice warm homes and decide to just be ARMCHAIR GENERALS,then it is probable that they will end up lamenting the fact that MAYBE they should have done more instead of all the verbiage. Unfortunately that notion will come AFTER THE FACT, which is far TOO LATE.

  14. oldsailor80 | January 19, 2013 at 10:50 pm |
    ********************
    oldsailor80,
    I find it hard to believe the usurper could find enough men in America to protect his interests, and promote his agenda. Eventually they will mutiny, and leave, in favor of America and the Constitution. At least that is my hope.

  15. Bob Strauss…………….
    Me too!

  16. May I suggest that “We the People” start buying up those bullet proof vest! 🙂

  17. Video Shows Democratic Attempt To Hide Their List Of Proposals Attacking 2nd Amendment-Confiscation, Release of Permit Holder Names, Database Of All Guns

    http://weaselzippers.us/2013/01/19/video-shows-democratic-attempt-to-hide-their-list-of-proposals-attacking-2nd-amendment-confiscation-release-of-permit-holder-names-database-of-all-guns/

    Here it is. This is the video where I was asked to keep the Democrat proposals for the NY SAFE Act away from the public. This list was given to me by a colleague and it is not confidential.

    This bill was an attack on the 2nd amendment and the Democrats clearly wanted to dismantle the work of the Founding Fathers. None of these amendments were included in the final bill thanks to us fighting back. I will not stand silent while these unpatriotic proposals are pathetically thrown at us a 11 o’clock at night:

    1. Confiscation of “assault weapons”
    2. Confiscation of ten round clips
    3. Statewide database for ALL Guns
    4. Continue to allow pistol permit holder’s information to be replaced to the public
    5. Label semiautomatic shotguns with more than 5 rounds or pistol grips as “assault weapons”
    6. Limit the number of rounds in a magazine to 5 and confiscation and forfeiture of banned magazines
    7. Limit possession to no more than two (2) magazines
    8. Limit purchase of guns to one gun per person per month
    9. Require re-licensing of all pistol permit owners
    10. Require renewal of all pistol permits every five years
    11. State issued pistol permits
    12. Micro-stamping of all guns in New York State
    13. Require licensing of all gun ammo dealers
    14. Mandatory locking of guns at home
    15. Fee for licensing, registering weapons

  18. If the bishops don’t respond to this with a public condemnation and formal excommunication they, like no others, will have to answer to God. This is pure public scandal of the faithful.

    NY Dem Gov. Andrew Cuomo Pushing Bill Allowing Third-Trimester Abortions…

    http://weaselzippers.us/2013/01/19/ny-dem-gov-andrew-cuomo-pushing-bill-allowing-third-trimester-abortions/

    ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is flexing his political muscle to give abortion advocates their biggest state victory in 40 years since Roe v. Wade: a sweeping expansion of abortion law that, if enforced, could put Catholic hospitals and many state-funded ministries out of business.

    Cuomo’s approval ratings have topped 70% for six straight months, and, with just two years in office, he has already pushed through controversial same-sex “marriage” legislation and the most restrictive gun-control law in the nation.

    Cuomo, who is Catholic, now is setting his sights on succeeding where governors for the past six years have failed: passing the proposed Reproductive Health Care Act. […]

    “Gov. Cuomo’s bill elevates abortion to a fundamental right and says New York state can’t discriminate on abortion in benefits or services or anything else it provides,” said Kathleen Gallagher, the conference’s director of pro-life activities.

    Cuomo’s legislation, she said, would make illegal abortion restrictions, such as parental-notification laws, informed-consent laws, restrictions on taxpayer funding of abortion and abortion bans of any kind. […]

    Cuomo’s bill removes criminal penalties for third-trimester abortions after 24 weeks by adding a broad health exception. Current state law allows such late-term abortions if there is a danger to the mother’s life.

    Chris Slattery, director of the Expectant Mother Care (EMC) pregnancy centers in New York City, said the new law will make New York City the late-term abortion capital of the world.

    “It’s going to open up the third-trimester market,” Slattery said. “It’s going to be huge, and people all over the world, not just out of state, are going to be coming to New York to have and perform these abortions.”

  19. Mr. Bill(ms. helga)

    Meanwhile – Back at the RAUNCH

    “Al Gore Nets Another Fortune on Apple Stock”

    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/al-gore-nets-another-fortune-164510966.html

    PS – Read ALL 13,809 comments.

  20. Mr. Bill(ms. helga)

    PPS – Wasn’t he Vice President under William Jefferson(KISSIT)Clinton?!?!

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