Thinking and Discourse Prompt 1

Prompt 1 asks us to compare the below polls:

Q1: Do you favor or oppose expanding Medicare to provide health insurance to every American?

  • 60% Favor strongly or favor somewhat
  • 23% Oppose strongly or oppose somewhat

 

 

Q2:. Do you favor or oppose creating a single-payer health care system, in which all Americans would get their health insurance from one government plan that is financed by taxes?

  • 44% Favor strongly or favor somewhat
  • 31% Oppose strongly or oppose somewhat

The first question is very general, with many details left out. As you can see by the numbers, 60% were in favor of providing health insurance to every American. It seems like a no-brainer when asked that simple question. Of course majority of the people are going to agree that every American should be entitled to healthcare. Question 2 becomes much more specific and more detail is added to the sentence. It gives the surveyee more information to base their opinion on. Based on the more detailed information, it appears that there was an increase in the votes opposing health insurance for all Americans.

Based on the results of these two polls it is easily determined that words do matter. It is all about how the question is asked. Although both questions are over the same topic, the questions are worded vastly different, which makes a huge difference in how the question is surveyed. It is much more beneficial to give accurate information in the question and to be more detailed so that the question can be understood better. A poorly worded question can make a world of difference.

 

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