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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Misleading graphics?

How about this one? Is confidence for Obama's plan increasing or decreasing?



My guess is that many read the graph as being from past to present as you read left to right. However, if you look closer, it is present to past reading left to right. Intentionally misleading?

One wonders.

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Our leaders in Washington must seriously consider new and innovative policies that promote a better, more confident, prosperous, and secure America in the 21st century. One of the things I think we can do to help make that happen is support American businesses and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (http://bit.ly/oanAT). They're doing things to reach out and show people that they can get involved, too.
 
Where was this?
 
I too would like to know where this graph was posted.
 
I should have put a link to the original post. I cannot find the source link any longer, although I think I came across this either on reddit or digg.

I am not sure if the graph appeared in a newspaper/magazine or not. It doesn't strike me as having the quality of a professional media outlet - but what do I know.

I fell in the trap of thinking that confidence was increasing because I read the graph as time progressing from left to right rather than the other way around.
 
I should have put a link to the original post. I cannot find the source link any longer, although I think I came across this either on reddit or digg.

I am not sure if the graph appeared in a newspaper/magazine or not. It doesn't strike me as having the quality of a professional media outlet - but what do I know.

I fell in the trap of thinking that confidence was increasing because I read the graph as time progressing from left to right rather than the other way around.
 
Why for march and "now" the percentage does not add up to 100%?
 
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