You can hear; read and you can see that 58 percent of Americans now favor same sex marriage. Let us consider this in a comparison to 58 percent of the citizens of Liberty or 58 percent of the citizens of Salt Lake City. Are these two groups similar in all values?
Percentage is a speculative number. It can be used anyway the researcher wants you to believe. Percentage is just that, a wild guess as to how "all" individuals feel. Percentage cannot predict what will change a person's mind today or tomorrow. Do not let your values be persuaded by "percentage".
An afterthought 58 percent of 300,000,000 + U.S. Population equals 150,000,000+ U.S. population that agrees with same sex marriage. Do you believe a percentage can predict this with total accuracy? Without an understanding of the group used to come up with 58 percent, one needs to know the size of the group. Was the group 10 or 100 or 1,000; size of the group must be a consideration in considering percentage. What were the variables (values) used to find this particular group? What was the geographic area used? How diverse was this group? How representative is this group to the entire population?
John T. Kovich
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