Whether or not

Posted by Henry on May 19, 2003

In Reply to: Or not posted by R. Berg on May 18, 2003

: : The following question is in a recent CBS news poll:
: : 'If Saddam Hussein is not captured or killed, then do you think the United States will have won
: : the war in Iraq, or not?'

: : The 'or not' should have been deleted. Yes?

: It's there so that the question will include both possible answers. Without "or not," the framing of the question would bias respondents toward answering yes.

See also the thread on Whether or Not from 05/09/03, lower down this page.