Thursday, April 12, 2012

Reuters and Credibility

(Reuters) - Americans are deeply divided by race over the killing of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, with 91 percent of African Americans saying he was unjustly killed while just 35 percent of whites thought so, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Thursday.

The survey included 1,289 Caucasians, 219 African Americans and 267 Hispanics. The precision of the Reuters/Ipsos online poll is measured using a credibility interval and this poll has a credibility interval of plus or minus 2.6 percentage points for all respondents.

Comment from Susan Graham, Project RACE:
If Reuters/Ipsos is really concerned about its credibility of the polls it takes, they must include the response from people who are multiracial, too. Precision is important in polls, and Reuters/Ipsos needs to get up to date on this: if you are going to ask for race in a poll, make certain that people can check more than one race.

1 comment:

  1. Absolutely, Susan. Couldn't have said it better myself. If one is going to be inclusive, include everyone. Where are the Asians and the Native Americans in this poll? The entire country felt the bullet that murdered Trayvon Martin; we are ALL grieving his loss and praying for his family. There were more than two people involved in this senseless killing; the entire country was and is involved. Use a balanced sample of this country's population - include the same number of people from EVERY group INCLUDING the multiracial population - the fastest growing group in America.