It’s all in the way it’s presented, or the Games Gallup Plays!

“Slightly More Americans Say U.S. Is No. 1 Military Power”

You have to love Gallup’s use of the word ‘slightly’. What does the word slightly mean to you? To me it basically means the difference is relatively small, which simply isn’t the case with the results of the Gallup Poll.

The question that was asked of American’s in Gallup’s annual World Affairs poll conducted February 8-11, 2015 was:

“Do you think the United States is No. 1 in the world militarily, or that is is only one of several leading military powers?”

59% of those polled indicated they thought the U.S. is No. 1, while only 38% of those polled indicated the U.S. as one of several leading military powers.

Maybe I’m off base here, but when I went to school 59 percent was considered a majority so perhaps their headline should read:

“Majority of Americans Say U.S. is No. 1 Military Power”, which would appear to be a more accurate reflection of their poll.

Alas, I forgot – unfortunately most of our media no longer reports the news, they simply report their ‘version’ of the news!

P.L. Johnson

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2 Responses to It’s all in the way it’s presented, or the Games Gallup Plays!

  1. Hi Richard,

    I don’t know – is it safe to say that because we spend the most on defense that we are the top dog? There’s no doubt we spend the most, no one else can even come close. Following are the numbers for the top five countries in the world on defense spending from SIPRI (in current U.S. dollars, for 2013 – the last year listed).

    In billions of U.S. dollars:

    $ 640 billion – United States
    $ 188 billion – Peoples Republic of China
    $ 89 billion – Russia
    $ 67 billion – Saudi Arabia
    $ 61 billion – France


  2. richrd walrath says:

    I would like to see a poll on what Americans think of the Gallup Poll–just how reliable they believe
    it is in their use of language. The United States spends almost as much on defense as the rest
    of the world combined! We aren’t getting much of a Bang for the Buck if the United States isn’t
    the No. 1 military power, by far!

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