gender, testosterone and attacking Iraq
Jose G. Perez
jgperez at netzero.net
Fri Dec 13 16:40:15 MST 2002
>>Isn't this typical of the capitalist media? How does a 45-43 ratio show
"particularly strong" support among men in Australia for an attack on
Iraq. If the ratio was round the other way, 45% antiwar and 43% pro,
the Sydney Morning Herald would probably say it was 'neck and neck'
Actually, the SMH is quite irresponsible. Assuming the typical 1200 sample
size bourgeois public opinion poll, that leaves you with a sample for men of
about 600. About such a sample, the margin of error would be on the order of
Even if the sample size were doubled to 1200 just for men, the results are
still within the margin of error of the poll, i.e., the 2% difference is not
statistically significant, it is too small.
So it isn't a question of the poll showing even showing a slight plurality
support for the war among men. It does not. And it shows how incompetent and
tendentious the prowar big business media is in beating the war drums.
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