• Thanks for proving my point--that's exactly the kind of wording I'm talking about. Those three options don't even belong together. Why doesn't the first option say anything about 'even if they aren't prepared for college'?

    A more telling question would be:

    Would you prefer to receive a degree/certificate from a 2-year college or a 4-year university?

    Not much gray area there.

    I don't think putting words like 'sometimes','some students', 'always', or trying to lead respondents to a certain choice in a survey gives an accurate representation of the data that you are actually trying to obtain.

    Just to clarify...I didn't say I was for or against HB2556, I just said the survey you posted isn't very useful.

    March 29, 2011 at 3:12 p.m.
  • mytwocents,

    It's kind of hard to draw any conclusions from that article. Here's one of the statistics:

    "The poll found that the vast majority of Americans (71%) believe it is advantageous for some students to attend a community college, rather than a four-year institution."

    Huh? So 71% of those polled think it's a good idea that SOME students attend a CC? Well no joke! It would probably also be reasonable to assume that at least 70% would think it's a good idea that SOME students attend a 4-year college. The numbers don't carry any weight because the wording is dumb.

    You can't really put any faith into polls. Wording plays a big part in how people'd have to actually see the poll to determine its value.

    March 29, 2011 at 2:01 p.m.