Posted on | October 21, 2012 by J.C. von Krempach, J.D. |
Some time ago we informed our readers about an attempt by the taxpayer-funded EU “Fundamental Rights Agency” to push the LGBT agenda through a grotesquely manipulated opinion poll. The apparent purpose of that poll, which, albeit carried out bu the renowned Gallup Institute, faild to meet even the most basic scientific standards for such surveys, was to provide credibility to the assertion that gays and lesbians are the victims of “discrimination”.
The use of manipulated opinion polls is an old strategy to manipulate public opinion. The trick is very simple: you tell gullible people that “everybody thinks X”, and they will start asking themselves whether they, too, should think X. It is in the human nature to swim in the mainstream.
The “European Youth Parliament” (EYP), a youth forum funded with taxpayer’s money by the European Commission, has now followed the example set by the grown-ups. They sent around an e-mail saying the following (the syntax and spelling errors are theirs, not mine):
From: “Jacob Düringer (European Youth Parliament)”
Date: Fri, 19 Oct 2012 16:43:22 +0200
Subject: Equal Marriage for Same-Sex Couples is almost a consensus among young Europeans
We at the European Youth Parliament aim to make the voices of young people heard in politics. With our European Youth Polls, we regularly ask what young Europeans think on the topic of the day.
In our current issue, 5624 young people from 45 European said what they think on the topic of Gay Rights. The result: More than 85% think that same-sex should be able to get married just like opposite-sex couples. But they think there is work to do: 80% think that there is widespread prejudice against homosexuals, and 64% think that in their country, being openly homosexual is an obstacle to a carreer.
Please read our attached executive summary (in French and English) or see all the results at www.eyp.org/youthpolls
In the name of all participating young people, I would like to ask you for a short comment on the results. We would publish it to the participants and this way start a dialogue between you and the young people. You can send a comment via email to email@example.com.
Hoping for your positive reply,
I remain respectfully yours,
European Youth Parliament / Schwarzkopf-Stiftung Junges Europa
D – 10178 Berlin
Tel: +49 30 28 09 51 46
Fax: +49 30 28 09 51 50
Of course, when the grown-ups at the FRA haven’t done any better, we should not criticize those poor youth parliamentarians too harshly. Nonetheless, we should recall that (a) black isn’t turned into white by an opinion poll, and (2) that there are state of the art rules to make sure that opinion polls are representative.
This appears not to be the case here. While the EYP website provides no information with regard to the methodology that was used for the poll, nor with regard to the exact wording of the question that was asked, it states:
“What do the results mean?
The European Youth Polls are intended to voice the opinion of young people who are interested in politics and the future of their societies. The aim is not necessarily to be exactly representative of all young people in Europe, but to give those who are actively working for a better future a chance to make their views public.”
Aha. So the purpose of the poll is to give EYP youngsters a chance to make their views public? Very fine. But maybe it is somewhat overstated for them to say that their views are “nearly a consensus” among Europeans. As a matter of fact, none of the young people I know is in favour of same-sex marriage. They all want a normal marriage and children.