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Off the Editor’s Spike: How much credence to a poll?

This newspapers website regularly features a poll question. Topics canvass a wide range of issues, some local, some not. Some questions are better than others.

A poll does offer some measure of public opinion. It can help focus attention on some issue. At best it might ignite more discussion, hopefully leading to deeper reasoning and consideration. In the least, it=s an inexpensive and perhaps even a

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