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You can ask the same things to the same people worded slightly different ways, and still get rather different results.

Indeed. You can rig a survey to produce any results that you want. I stress this to students when teaching basic information literacy. It's not enough to take statistics, especially population surveys, at face value.
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This happened once when I was working for a large city in the American South. Someone accidentally emailed every employee in the entire city. This was followed by many complaints, of course sent after clicking on Reply All. It lasted at least two days.
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I think of this ad as a great sorting mechanism. It would attract the sort of people that the agency wants and discourage others from even considering applying.
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