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And managed ignorance is again apparent. It people had no idea of any of the right answers and just answered randomly, we would expect that 1.5% would get all 12 questions wrong. Even random chance would get at least 1 right. One question only had 2 possibilities.
Yet 4% of the respondents got all 12 wrong! That is almost 3 times higher than what we would expect to get by random chance.
People were not answering randomly. A large group ‘knew’ the wrong answer. When forced to make a choice, they would pick the wrong one, at a much higher rate than expected if they chose randomly.
Looking at the data in greater detail, there are some eyeopeners that help us see why so many did not get all the questions right.. People just do not understand TARP at all. Only 16% of the people got that one right – more than half of it. The same amount thought that none of it had been repaid and a whopping 36% thought less than half. Only 28% said they did not know what the answer was. 56% was sure they knew the answer and they were wrong. This is even a higher percentage wrong than seen in the last Pwe poll.
More people thought the inflation rate was closer to 10% than knew the right answer – 1%. But almost 50% did not have any idea at all what the inflation rate was. Similarly with the Prime Minister question. 60% simply said they did not know.
But with TARP, many were so sure of the wrong answer. SOmething is going on when so many people are not just ignorant of an area – ignorant simply meaning they do not know. This is the sort of managed ignorance I’ve mentioned before.
I hope we can more away from this sort of managed ignorance where people ‘know’ the wrong thing to a day when they simply can say they do not know. A day of simple ignorance.