[ExI] 41% of people are insane

Stathis Papaioannou stathisp at gmail.com
Wed Jun 23 14:02:40 UTC 2010

2010/6/23 BillK <pharos at gmail.com>:
> On Wed, Jun 23, 2010 at 11:27 AM, Stathis Papaioannou  wrote:
>> Surely some of the 41% are only pretending to be crazy, or there's
>> some sampling error, or something. Otherwise, two out of five people
>> you bump into really believe Jesus is going to return, and that figure
>> just seems incredible.
> No, the figure is little changed since the previous survey in 1999 when 44%
> believed Jesus would return. But it depends what circles you move in.
> College graduates are 19%, but.......
> at almost 60% are white Protestant evangelicals and those with only High
> School or less education (not necessarily the same people). If you want to
> extrapolate from the 1546 people in the phone survey (land-line and cell
> phone), then you should make sure that the percentage of those groups in the
> survey reflect the percentage in the total population. Which presumably Pew
> have done, as they claim to be polling experts.
> <http://people-press.org/reports/images/625-20.gif>
> <http://people-press.org/report/625/>

Yes, but I wonder how many people really believe the answer they give,
rather than just saying it because it is socially acceptable.

Stathis Papaioannou

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