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Comment 9 by Mark Jones

That inconsistency could be mostly blown aside for the 50% if they didn't care much for the omitted "the" in the third statement, so long as any defending of faith was happening. However, even then it still raises questions as to why there is a 23% discrepancy. I would have preferred a poll which was a little more exploratory, like the Ipsos MORI poll a while back which probed a little further.

I think I'm starting to see a problem with polling for ideas - there's too often little to no space to explore the reasoning behind proposals, so it's hard to know how people are interpreting the questions they receive. What if, for example, the majority asked are simply agreeing to preserve the status quo because they view it as too risky to try anything different? Or maybe, for the first question, some wanted to differentiate between monarchs being Supreme Governor of the Church of England and/or Defender of the Faith without going for the Defender of Faith option so that the options are:

  1. Supreme Governor of the Church of England and Defender of the Faith
  2. Supreme Governor of the Church of England and Defender of Faith
  3. Supreme Governor of the Church of England but not Defender of the Faith and not Defender of Faith
  4. Defender of the Faith but not Supreme Governor of the Church of England
  5. Defender of Faith but not Supreme Governor of the Church of England

Comment 10 by Jos Gibbons

An excellent analysis, sir. You pointed out some problems I hadn't myself considered.

It makes more sense if you think of it as a widespread case of "belief in belief" ("I personally don't believe in any religion, but there are people who benefit from it, so it's a good thing that needs defending").

It would be great if there was an official Defender of Reason somewhere along the line.

Tue, 15 May 2012 13:45:14 UTC | #941594