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  •  What's the probability Romney supporters choosing (0+ / 0-)

    Native American as their 'origin' or ethnicity, did so because they firmly believe they indeed are native-born full citizens of the U.S. of A (versus, say, Kenyans or 'redskins' born on a reservation or illegitimate illegal immigrants)?  I'm be willing to bet that sort of view could explain a fair chunk of these.

    Might need to factor in what percent of the population may have some sort of disability like dyslexia which might lead to incorrectly linking words & meanings to spatially located check boxes or bubbles.  

    It might seem shocking but some conservatives may know identifying as a non-white race on a census form might mean more federal funding coming to their districts and they may feel that's just peachy to help that's as easy to take money from the 'liberal' socialist government as it is to take candy from a baby...and they'd justify it thinking we'd just be takin' back some of the real tax payers money and putting it to more righteous use for 'real' Americans.

    Consider as well that the labels 'White' and 'Caucasian' can be confusing.  How much White ancestry makes someone white?  If I am 'mixed' but can 'pass' for white walking down the street, isn't that sufficient?  Ask a less educated White person if they are Caucasian and you may get slapped in the face if not a look of confusion.  Ask an average White person who actually knows they are technically labeled 'Caucasian' why that name applies and you may get total bafflement.  Ask a college educated White where to find the Caucas mountain region on the globe or to name the continent where it is found and you'll probably get more blank looks and embarrassment...or hear random mumblings about Christopher Columbus, Portugal, Spain, England, Puerto Rico, Cuba, wait, the Mayflower...Puritan Pilgrims, Plymouth or Chrysler Rock or GM rock...  the French...Lousiana..., Jamestown, Catholics Protestants... slaves...  turkey... kool aid... oatmeal... maybe it's Quaker Caucasians?

    When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

    by antirove on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 01:44:02 PM PDT

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    •  That's a possibility. (2+ / 0-)
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      I'll be exploring the Native American poll responses in a separate post, but you bring up one possibility for sure.

      As far as a learning disability increasing error rates on a push-button poll response, that too is certainly possible. But in the previous post in this series, I showed a maximum error rates on the gender question of about 0.2%, and this should include the sort of error you mention. So we know it will not have a huge impact on responses.

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