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Edit: because a large number of non-subscribers participated in a US "Catholic" poll about Vatican II, the results were not quite what the editors were looking for, we think. The difference was striking. It seems that several popular Catholic blogs encouraged their readers to vote, and US Catholic decided not to include some 1650 votes in their final analysis as to whether or not it was a success. Of course, according to the 350 readers who were formed by US Catholic, the Church was in great shape and, ironically, a lot bigger than it would have been otherwise. (No small thanks to US Catholic)
It reminds one of accounts of how the Japanese high command would use wargames not so much as objective attempts to assess the relative capabilities of both sides, including logistics problems, but was primarily an conceived as a propaganda tool to build consensus among the naval commanders. They would skew results in the course of play even, to reflect the most hopeful outcome.
US Catholic skews its own poll results to obtain an unrealistic appraisal of Vatican II by chopping non-subscribers out of the results.
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