Re: [RangeVoting] Re: pro pollsters do occasionally use negative numbers in scales
- On Fri, May 31, 2013 at 8:15 PM, WarrenS <wds@...> wrote:
> **Yes. Seeing your earlier comments about that evidence was what reminded me
> > I offer the speculation that, to whatever extent culture predisposes us
> > associate negative numbers with the risk of pain, one might well expect
> > different outcomes from surveys using -N to +N from otherwise identical
> > surveys using 0 - 2N.
> --there is indeed poll-type evidence for this difference, though I don't
> if it has anything to do with your neuronal theories...
of the neuro-chemical observations. That part seems like solid science.
The speculative part is whether there are cultural associations with
negative numbers that correlate with the poll evidence.
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- Incidentally, notice what those pollsters were doing by
providing a scale
-5 to -1 and +1 to +5 with zero OMITTED.
They were forcing the respondents not to use "0"
which otherwise would have been a highly popular score.
This idea seems to have been employed by many pollsters.