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March 24th, 2013, 20:44
Originally Posted by fadedc View Post
Those are disturbing answers, but it is worth noting that that that survey was from 1978 and it may not be a good reflection of modern opinions and values. Additionally it's a bit unclear whether the survey used good scientific methodology, and even how seriously the people filling out the survey took it. There are always going to be some teenagers who will give the worst answer just for shock value.
I list similar, more modern research from UK in #38 in this thread.
In large surveys probability theory weeds out outliers.
(an outlier is a participant answering different than expected, such as all-yes, all-no or all-extreme).

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