Statistics – Whatever You Want Them To Be

There is zero credibility in any statistic sited by any news organization at any time when they discuss national sentiment or any national statistic.

How do I know this?  Well, have you ever considered that it is impossible to actually garner a “true” sample size of the population unless you are gathering at least 25% of the people who exist in the country?  This would be over 76,000,000 people!  (I hope you are chuckling because that too is a bogus statistic.)  See how fun it is to say things and have people believe what you say?  There is no logic to this!

Yeah, you can talk to hundreds, or even thousands of people and get an “estimation”, but this doesn’t reflect millions of people.  It is impossible to account for every variable there may be, it is impossible to count on people speaking the truth, it is impossible to ask your question in a completely un-biased way.  Impossible.  You can guess, you can make estimations, but you cannot know for sure.

Statistics is an art, not a science.  Statistics is about how you can manipulate numbers and data to say something.  And then how you can find a vehicle or a means to relate that data to people.  How you accent the words, the numbers, the delivery – it is all like painting the picture that you want.  But it is art – highly subjective with zero credibility.

Have fun watching your news organization talk about the percentages of people who like or don’t like something.  Is it close to 50/50?  Is it close to 60/40?  Is it close to 70/30?  What does this mean?  Do you know who they actually talked to?  Do you know that those thousands of people may be the only ones answering the phone – not the millions of people who didn’t pick up?

Never, ever believe a poll or statistic.  Do your own fact-finding.  Talk to your neighbors.  Listen to your heart.  You will have a far better grasp on reality versus these people that try to create the picture of your reality.  Paint your own picture.  Imagine That!

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