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Post by UncleBob » Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:20 pm

A Third of Young Millennials Are Confused About This Incontrovertible Fact
Only 66 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds in the U.S. are confident that the world is round, according to a new national survey.

The findings don't necessarily indicate an epidemic of flat-Earthism, as only 4 percent of the 18- to 24-year-old age group said they actually believe the world is flat. Rather, there seem to be a relatively large number in this age group who are willing to entertain doubts: 9 percent said they had always believed the world was round but were recently having doubts, 5 percent said they had always believed the world was flat but were becoming skeptical of that conclusion and 16 percent just weren't sure.
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Re: Surveys About Millennials

Post by Jester » Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:23 pm

UncleBob wrote:
Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:20 pm
A Third of Young Millennials Are Confused About This Incontrovertible Fact
Only 66 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds in the U.S. are confident that the world is round, according to a new national survey.

The findings don't necessarily indicate an epidemic of flat-Earthism, as only 4 percent of the 18- to 24-year-old age group said they actually believe the world is flat. Rather, there seem to be a relatively large number in this age group who are willing to entertain doubts: 9 percent said they had always believed the world was round but were recently having doubts, 5 percent said they had always believed the world was flat but were becoming skeptical of that conclusion and 16 percent just weren't sure.
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Post by artsygeek » Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:07 am

The most predictive demographic factor that explains flat-Earth belief appears to be religion, the YouGov survey suggested. According to the results, 52 percent of those who said the world was flat also called themselves "very religious," a descriptor that only 20 percent of Americans as a whole use for themselves. 
Well, as a retired political professional (with polls being one of my areas of work), the "I have *always* [emphasis mine] believed the earth is round" rising higher and higher among age cohorts seems indicative of folks being less honest as they get older or simply forgetting the timespan in which they believed the earth to be flat. Most folks will naturally believe it at some point unless they didn't consider the issue until education raised the issue and convinced them.

I'll try to look for the raw data because "very religious" being a high number in folks on that younger age range would make me discount just about all of their polls because just about all of us know that it should be a pretty small number for that age cohort if they're answering honestly and not just messing with the company. Most reliable opinion companies will release all of their numbers.

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Re: Surveys About Millennials

Post by artsygeek » Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:34 am

In fact, as I look at the poll, the question's poorly written because they don't have something like "I once thought the earth is flat but I changed my mind long ago" (as just one example).

As for the data, they include a link to a pdf file that shows correlation between a person's religion rating and their beliefs on the issue, but nothing that say shows how many on the youngest end rate themselves as "very religious" or how many people fell into any of the demographic groups. It strikes me as an assault on religious belief disguised as a "these crazy youngins" poll.

One other thing I'll add...A Scientific American blog post sheds some light on some of the problems with the poll (including the fact that the polling company refused to answer some of their questions) and Science Alert also sheds important some light on problems with the poll's methodology.


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Post by UncleBob » Thu Feb 07, 2019 6:35 pm

"One man's theology is another man's belly laugh." - Robert A. Heinlein

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Post by Cleon » Thu Feb 07, 2019 10:21 pm

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