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  • I dont trust any data regardless

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    Do you trust data found on .gov websites?

    Do you trust data found on .gov websites?

    I hope this poll shows just how paranoid people are when it comes to the government.

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    Re: Do you trust data found on .gov websites?

    Quote Originally Posted by madman View Post
    Do you trust data found on .gov websites?

    I hope this poll shows just how paranoid people are when it comes to the government.
    There are certain things I don't trust. Like the unemployment numbers. I think they give a very accurate indication of whether the numbers are going up or down -- but I suspect the actual numbers themselves. There are other statistics I don't buy, particularly having to do with entitlement programs.

    It makes no difference to me who's in the White House.
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    Re: Do you trust data found on .gov websites?

    It depends on the government department and if the data given is consistent with data from other reliable sources.
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    Re: Do you trust data found on .gov websites?

    i generally trust the accuracy of the figures, but i also pay close attention to the criteria used to generate the statistics.

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    Re: Do you trust data found on .gov websites?

    They say the devil is in the details.
    People always try to paint themselves in the best light,
    Government officials are people also.
    I don't think they would put outright incorrect data, but they might
    selective exclude things not in their favor.

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    Re: Do you trust data found on .gov websites?

    I generally trust them. The government generally is not motivated to lie about numbers like the private sector, the only times they do is when it adversely affects them, in which case someone else is usually compiling the data.
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    Re: Do you trust data found on .gov websites?

    Generally, yes. At least if it's from some federal agency rather than, say, the White House itself. People often forget that there is a big difference between politics and government. Most of the people who compile our government data are civil servants, not politicians. They don't have any motive to do anything other than report the data as accurately as they can.
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    Re: Do you trust data found on .gov websites?

    It depends on what the data is and the methods used and who controls the website. For instance, Congressional .gov sites are highly suspect if they are run by the party in the majority. Department websites tend to be a little more toward the center of the road; and the WH website is just about how peachy keen the President is.

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    Re: Do you trust data found on .gov websites?

    It's always wise to take it with a bit of salt.

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    Re: Do you trust data found on .gov websites?

    I think we can all agree that anything with gov in it is to be viewed with a skeptical eye. This has been true for a LONG time, not just the last 4 years.
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