INTERESTING: Poll question assumes facts not in evidence

What do you think?
Do you believe that the economic benefits of legalized gambling outweigh its societal impact?
Yes, the economic benefits strongly outweigh its societal impact
Yes, the economic benefits somewhat outweigh its societal impact
No, the societal impact somewhat outweighs the economic benefits
No, the societal impact strongly outweighs the economic benefits
No strong opinion

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The questions presumes several things.

(1) That we think.

(2) That there are things such as “economic benefits”, “legalized gambling”, and “societal impact”?

(3) And that there can be a trade off.

Don’t forget our old friend Bastiat! “The broken window fallacy” — Frédéric Bastiat Ce qu’on voit et ce qu’on ne voit pas (That Which Is Seen and That Which Is Unseen) 1850 

We can’t see what the other side of the choice is!


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One Response to INTERESTING: Poll question assumes facts not in evidence

  1. It also assumes that there have to be overall economic benefits and that there have to be overall negative societal impacts. A sliding scale type poll would make a lot more sense here, but I’m guessing whoever made the poll either wanted something simpler or were angling for a particular set of responses to make a political point.

    – MJM


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