Originally Posted by bsms
As for polls...I can find polls saying most Americans believe Obama was born in Kenya. I'm somewhere to the right of Rush Limbaugh politically, but no number of people saying Obama was born in Kenya will make it true. Ask a bunch of city folks "Should the noble horses of America be ruthlessly tortured and slaughtered to feed the French?", and the answer will be no.
Polling ignorance reveals what ignorant people feel, not what a thinking person concludes.
Actually, for those of us who work in statistics, polls can be structured scientifically to prevent bias. The results from the example you could only be achieved using a selective sample, which would render the results unscientific. Lots of folks like to conduct amateur polls and claim the results worthy, but they simply aren't valid and you won't see them reported by legitimate media organizations.
The poll I'm referring to was done by a national research firm, Lake Research Partners. The results were consistent across geographic and political boundaries, age and gender. I'm sorry if it doesn't conform to the very blatant horse eater bias on this forum (which I was duly warned about). My hope is there are some lurkers interested in real facts and information.