Entry Posted November 4, 2003

http://news.google.com/news?q=israel poll A poll found that 59 percent of Europeans think that Israel is a threat to world peace; no country polled higher. This does not mean that Europeans think that Israel is the greatest threat to world peace, as many of these headlines insist. (“Israel No. 1 Rogue State: EU,” “Israel is No 1 threat to peace, says EU poll,” “Israel biggest threat to peace: EU poll.”) A country can be a threat without being the greatest threat.

The wording of the question is important, too. Were the respondents asked whether the existence of Israel posed a threat to world peace, in the same way that the existence of, say, nuclear weapons pose a threat to world peace? Newspapers often don’t cover polls well, I find. 18:09