UK Survey of Iraqi Opinion - The Murdochian Spin

Richard Blair: Only a Rupert Murdoch publication like The Times (or Fox News) could spin a new survey of Iraqi attitudes positively.
The construction of surveys and analysis of the results is an art form unto itself. Every public opinion poll is influenced by the phrasing of questions, the order in which questions are asked, the skill of the interviewer, underlying personal bias of the responder, and survey sample representation. Most of us aren't survey / polling wonks, and don't claim to be experts at analyzing survey results - but we can read and make some basic interpretations.

Only a Rupert Murdoch publication (The Times, UK) could positively spin the results of a survey that indicates one in four Iraqis have had a family member murdered since the invasion of Iraq four years ago:
MOST Iraqis believe life is better for them now than it was under Saddam Hussein, according to a British opinion poll published today.
The survey of more than 5,000 Iraqis found the majority optimistic despite their suffering in sectarian violence since the American-led invasion four years ago this week...
"Optimistic"? Hardly...

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Richard Blair is a Philadelphia area freelance writer, and the blogmaster of All Spin Zone.