The last few months, a certain phrase has come to be used quite a bit. The phrase starts out as ‘Half of Americans…’ or ‘Forty-nine percent of Americans…’ and ends a variety of ways, most of them unflattering.
There’s no reason to address the childish accusations made by one side against the other in these endless examples, or by the other side against the one. That would take a lot more conversations about those misconceptions than we have room for here. The thing that needs to be addressed is that nearly everyone starting a sentence that way ends it with a complete loss of accuracy and its accompanying credibility. They don’t speak for half of the people in the United States, any more than they take the time to understand them. Instead, they discount a large portion of the population just by starting a sentence that way.
Let’s look at some actual numbers, and allow a little margin for error when we do. After all, simply landing somewhere in the ballpark is far better than pulling a huge number like forty-nine percent out of left field. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt To Think #003 – 49% of Americans”