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  •  the margin of error > percentage of Jews (5+ / 0-)

    Basically all we know from this poll is that the percentage of Jews is in the low single digits.

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    by mightymouse on Fri Jun 28, 2013 at 08:21:25 PM PDT

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    •  I know. But the polling needs to account for that (2+ / 0-)

      sort of thing.  If 2 of the largest religious groups under question--say Jews and Muslims (obviously 'large' is relative here) can't be accurately represented in the poll, something's wrong with the poll.  Jews are more likely to live in eastern urban centers, for example.  How well are those represented?  And Muslims--at nearly the same percentage--probably shouldn't be grouped as 'other'...

      Also what does it mean to have 'not religion'?  Not practice? Not believe?  Be atheist?  Secular?

      I have almost never seen the religion discussion/debate with a speck of nuance--it's always 'BELIEVERS!!' vs. 'NONBELIEVERS!!'

      and this poll does nothing to improve that.

      •  Jews and Muslims are not major in the US (0+ / 0-)

        relative to the precision of this poll. this poll is not precise enough to determine levels in the low single percentage points.

        there are certainly other surveys designed at assessing the numbers of Jews and Muslims in the US. they would be designed differently from this one.

        An ambulance can only go so fast - Neil Young

        by mightymouse on Sat Jun 29, 2013 at 08:43:36 AM PDT

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