Friday, February 08, 2008

Daily Mail polling

I think there is a slight philosophical problem with this poll:

It assumes that you can separate the threat to Britain's way of life posed by Abu Hamza and the Archbishop of Canterbury, that they are independent variables. I'd think an accurate picture would recognise that Abu Hamza is only a serious threat because the establishment respond to intimidation with appeasement and the Archbishop is only a threat because of extremists he won't stand up to. As such, they cannot be properly understood separately so their influence can't be meaningfully compared.

This poll avoids that problem, although it might raise as many questions as it answers:

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