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I work for Statistics Canada - recognized world-wide as the 'cadillac' statistical agency, bar none. Everything from the wording of the questionnaire, to the sample selection, the training of the interviewer, the data capture and finally the analysis, can introduce a bias if precautionary measures aren't taken. Hence the qualifier "these statistics are accurate within x.x%". But, in some cases in the end, between you and me, torture numbers long enough and they'll say anything you want them to. Maureen

I'm hopelessly cynical about most "statistical results". People with an agenda have ways of making their statistics line up with their preconceptions.

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