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Polls are frequently taken to try to tease out or determine
by Alan Dundes

Polls are frequently taken to try to tease out or determine
likely directions and trends,
but once taken, they belong to the past,
requiring that new polls be taken.
- Alan Dundes

There is more to folklore research than fieldwork.
This is why in all of my other upper-division courses
I require a term paper involving original research.
- Alan Dundes

I mentioned that one of the tripartite formulas in
American worldview involves time:
past,
present, and future.
- Alan Dundes

In my introductory course, Anthropology 160,
the Forms of Folklore, I try to show the students what
the major and minor genres of folklore are,
and how they can be analyzed.
- Alan Dundes

 

Life, it seems, is nothing if not a series of initiations,
transitions, and incorporations.
- Alan Dundes

Future orientation is combined with a notion and expectation of progress,
and nothing is impossible.
- Alan Dundes

Ancestor worship, or filial piety so characteristic of Asian cultures,
for example, does not really resonate with Americans who favor children,
not grandparents.
- Alan Dundes

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Light travels faster than sound.
This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
- Alan Dundes

Americans do believe in progress and there is almost
certainly a kernel of truth in the joke.
- Alan Dundes

Americans have a penchant for the future and tend to disregard the past.
- Alan Dundes

Americans often have trouble enjoying the present moment.
- Alan Dundes

My academic identity is that of a folklorist,
and for many years I have taught only folklore courses.
- Alan Dundes

In the light of our culture, these are not unreasonable questions and tactics,
but if once again, we try to see the lens through which we look,
we can see that there is far too great an emphasis placed on the future.
- Alan Dundes

Cities all over the world are getting bigger as more
and more people move from rural to urban sites,
but that has created enormous problems with respect
to environmental pollution and the general quality of life.
- Alan Dundes

Their term project consists of a fieldwork collection
of folklore that they create by interviewing family members,
friends, or anyone they can manage to persuade to serve as an informant.
- Alan Dundes

I have a great advantage over many of my colleagues
inasmuch as my students bring with them to class their
own personal knowledge of national,
regional, religious, ethnic, occupational,
and family folklore traditions.
- Alan Dundes

The class has become over the years fairly large,
running to three hundred or more, but I always insist
upon reading all the student folklore collections myself.
Although this is a tall order, I look forward to it
because I learn so much from it.
- Alan Dundes

If a student takes the whole series of my folklore
courses including the graduate seminars,
he or she should learn something about fieldwork,
something about bibliography, something about how to
carry out library research,
and something about how to publish that research.
- Alan Dundes

They do not merely collect texts; they must also gather
data about the context and the informant and,
above all, write an analysis of the items based upon
the course readings and lecture material on folklore theory and method.
- Alan Dundes

Do you ever get the feeling that the only reason we
have elections is to find out if the polls were right?
- Robert Orben

In the polls, over 80% support the right to die and
have done for the last 25 years.
Even 80% of practising Catholics and Protestants support it,
plus 76% of Church Times readers.
- Polly Toynbee

I always lose the election in the polls,
and I always win it on election day.
- Benjamin Netanyahu

I have this to say to the people: go the polls and
vote for the candidate of your choice...
This is your responsibility; do not neglect it.
- Hosni Mubarak

If they're willing to stand at polls for countless hours in the rain,
as many did, then I should surely stand up for them
here in the halls of Congress.
- Stephanie Tubbs Jones

If we ever get to the polls once, you will never get us home.
- Anna Howard Shaw

I haven't trusted polls since I read that 62% of women
had affairs during their lunch hour.
I've never met a woman in my life who would give up lunch for sex.
- Erma Bombeck

Look at Iraq; look at Afghanistan, where at great personal
physical risk people have gone to the polls and have
rejected the appeal from Bin Laden and his allies to stay at home.
- Gijs de Vries

Sure, it is apparent that presidents are looking at polls,
but they are also stepping up on issues.
President Clinton stepped up on tobacco.
He shaped the polls on the tobacco issue.
- Donna Shalala

A low voter turnout is an indication of fewer people going to the polls.
- Dan Quayle

If you're sick and tired of the politics of cynicism
and polls and principles,
come and join this campaign.
- George W. Bush

Public opinion polls are rather like children in a garden,
digging things up all the time to see how they're growing.
- J. B. Priestley

Journalists should denounce government by public opinion polls.
- Dan Rather

Our own State Department polls say that 80 percent
of Iraqis view the United States as an unpopular occupier.
- Marty Meehan

Leaders are responsible not for running public opinion
polls but for the consequences of their actions.
- Henry A. Kissinger

These days there are not enough of such intermediary groups,
between the state and the individual,
with the result that political leaders are often unduly guided by opinion polls.
- Jacques Delors

Last month, the Iraqi people went to the polls,
voting in their first free election in more than 50 years.
- John M. McHugh

Leaders do not sway with the polls.
Instead, they sway the polls through their own words and actions.
- Robert.
L.
Ehrlich

In spite of the polls, the fact is that American Muslims
are very happy and they thrive in this country.
- Feisal Abdul Rauf

Too many young musicians today want to win polls before
they learn their instruments.
- Benny Goodman

Public-opinion polls show that Americans split about evenly on civil unions.
But when the words "gay marriage" are presented,
they break 3-to-1 against it.
- Dick Morris

Second, recent polls over there show that the majority
of Iraqis want us to leave precipitously.
- William Odom

Bill Clinton strikes me as the kind of guy who goes
wherever the polls lead him,
rather than leading the polls.
- Al Sharpton

Senator Martinez is not driven by polls;
he is driven by the needs of the state of Florida and
its 17 million constituents.
- Mel Martinez

Don't worry about polls, but if you do,
don't admit it.
- Rosalynn Carter

The winner of the elections which saw the participation
of almsot 30 million people was the Iranian nation
and the losers were those who tried to keep people away from the polls.
- Ayatollah Khamenei

Just two weeks ago, millions of Iraqis defied the threats
of terrorists and went to the polls to determine their own future.
I congratulate the Iraqi people for the courage they've
shown in making these elections so successful.
- Bill Frist

They may then be willing to cast principled votes based
on an educated understanding of the public interest
in the face of polls suggesting that the public itself
may have quite a different understanding of where its interest lies.
- James L. Buckley

Squabbling in public will eventually ruin football;
there's no doubt it's hurting us already.
Polls taken by Louis Harris - polls as valid as any political polls -
indicate that very clearly.
- Pete Rozelle

While it's very hard to know exactly how to measure public opinion there,
because there's no really good polling,
the fact of the matter is that in all the polls I've
seen the vast majority of the Iraqis prefer to be free
and are pleased that the coalition freed them.
- Paul Bremer

And on election night I'd go down to city hall in El Paso,
Texas and cover the election.
In those days, of course, we didn't have exit polls.
You didn't know who had won the election until they
actually counted the votes.
I thought that was exciting too.
- Sam Donaldson

According to recent opinion polls, a large majority
of Iraqis believe that the U.S.
military has no intention to leave Iraq,
and that it would stay even is asked by the Iraqi government to leave.
- John Conyers

On the one hand, she is cut off from the protection
awarded to her sisters abroad;
on the other,
she has no such power to defend her interests at the polls,
as is the heritage of her brothers at home.
- Florence Kelley

Polls that have been taken by kindergarten,
first- and second-grade teachers indicate that 30 percent
of the kids have been deprived in some way so that
they are physically unable to keep up with the class.
- C. Everett Koop

According to various polls conducted,
the single most important issue in last week's election was not the Iraq War,
not the War on Terror, not even the economy.
It was the cultural war.
- John Doolittle

In fact - statistically, as you know -
people have done polls,
research, and at least 80 percent or more or working
media are liberal Democrats if they are involved with
any party and certainly liberal in their philosophy.
- Pat Boone

I'm very happy with the way I look.
I wake up some morning, catch myself in the bathroom mirror,
and go, 'hey girl, you're alright'.
But on the other hand, I find the website stuff,
and the polls, something completely removed from my own personal life.
You can't take anything like that too seriously,
otherwise you'd end up in the loony bin.
- Cameron Diaz

I think we have a fascinating new and quite dominant input into politics -
and it wont go away.
From time to time, people articulate a view that we
should ban opinion polls,
but that's nonsense.
- Jim Bolger

I think the people will- who advocate having a step
back and read those public opinion polls on the front
page of the newspapers all over this country saying
public supports restoration in restoration of the Everglades,
protection of the parks and the creation of monuments.
- Bruce Babbitt

On February 7, 2.2 million Haitians went to the polls
and exercised their constitutional right to select a leader.
They went by foot, by tap tap and other forms of transportation,
traveling hours and standing in line for almost a day
to get to their polling places.
- Mark Foley

This party will not take its position based on public opinion polls.
We will not take a stand based on focus groups.
We will not take a stand based on phone-in shows or
householder surveys or any other vagaries of pubic opinion.
- Stephen Harper

And I think the rolling polls put more pressure on
them to sustain their beliefs and to improve their
delivery of the policy and their delivery of the ideas
so that they can garner support for whatever principle they're articulating.
- Jim Bolger

And the inner dynamics of Hollywood are like politics.
Say you give a script to a group of executives -
they all sit around,
afraid to voice an opinion, saying nothing,
waiting to know what the consensus is.
Just like focus groups, opinion polls or a cabinet.
- Joe Eszterhas

I think President Bush tried to step up on Social Security
even though the polls showed that was unpopular.
He has not been successful and backed off,
but I admire people who take on big problems.
- Donna Shalala

The CIO put up half a million dollars for Roosevelt's
1936 campaign and provided him with an immense group
of active labor workers who played a large part in
the sweeping victory he won at the polls.
- John T. Flynn

The polls indicated that I was feisty,
that I was tough, that I had a sense of humor,
but they weren't quite sure if they liked me and they
didn't know whether or not that I was sensitive.
- Geraldine Ferraro

Despite the administration's long public information campaign,
for many months polls have consistently indicated only
37 percent of those eligible for Medicare say they
only partially understand the program.
- Mike Fitzpatrick

I think these movies are as much for people of that
time as for people who weren't born.
For people who weren't born, they see how leaders must
act under a crisis situation,
not trying to be re-elected or not trying to check polls,
that they go from their gut check.
- Kevin Costner

The fact is if we do our job right, if we keep worrying
not about polls but about the jobs of the American people,
about their health care, about their ability to educate their kids,
stay in their homes and own their homes,
send their kids to college, the basic pillars of a middle-class life,
if we keep worrying about the future and building a
stronger future for this country,
these things will take care of themselves.
- David Axelrod

I advocate speaking words of love
with all the sincerity that can be mustered,
as frequently as possible.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

No persons are more frequently wrong,
than those who will not admit they are wrong.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

In those days he was wiser than he is now;
he used to frequently take my advice.
- Winston Churchill


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