By Sam Johnson
“It’s the will of the people...”
“Overwhelmingly, Native Americans and regular North Dakota citizens....don’t want the name to go away...”
“The majority of North Dakotans want to keep the name....”
I’ve been thinking about statements like these, and note that they never seem to have any actual facts, data, statistics, or other “hard evidence” to support their claims.
It seems these over-generalized attention-getting statements are usually the result of personal opinion, based primarily on a small sample of like-minded opinions from the speaker’s friends, family, coffee clatch, drinking buddies, or political or ideological party.
So, I thought I’d try to gather some hard evidence to see if these statements could be supported.
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