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I think that it's important because a perfectly valid reason for not killing Hitler would be "No, because then World War II would still happen and be worse." I'm deeply skeptical that a world without Hitler would have avoided World War II. Here's an alternate history scenario on that subject.

But that gets away from the ethical dilemma. The dilemma assumes that killing Hitler in 1920 prevents World War II. It's important to phrase it that way so that survey respondents don't get into historical speculation instead of ethical formulation.
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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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