Labor Law Guy

Sneezing Pollsters Cause People to Hate U.S. Health Care

Posted in Random Musings by laborlawguy on November 5, 2009

A University of Michigan study, which sent a poll-giver to a mall, elicited different responses when the pollster sneezed before giving out the surveys and when the poll-giver didn’t sneeze.

In the sneezing scenario, poll takers were far more likely to hate the state of U.S. health care. Without the sneezing, the results were more favorable to health care. Interestingly, the sneezed-in-front-of (but not upon) also thought they were more likely to get a heart attack soon, or even get murdered.

My, some effect from just sneezing (and coughing)!


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