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ERIC Number: ED264630
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-May-17
Pages: 73
Abstractor: N/A
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Opinion Polls and the Panama Canal Treaties of 1977: A Critical Analysis.
Smith, Ted J., III; Hogan, J. Michael
Noting that 1977 public opinion polls concerning the new Panama Canal treaties were interpreted as showing increased support for the treaties, this paper contends that this interpretation was erroneous and that the major outcome of the extensive polling was misleading data. The paper is divided into three major analytical sections. The first section examines all poll results to establish a coherent picture of public opinion. The second section analyzes polling procedures and news releases, and reveals instances of flawed questions and misinterpretations of findings. The third section shows that coverage in selected national print and broadcast media was selective, often incomplete, and sometimes erroneous. The paper concludes with recommendations for alleviating these problems. (Author/HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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