Investigative Research Services (IRS)
is currently conducting a number of polls for Western Research Institute (WRI).
The polls are conducted in person, by email and by phone with the general public and
certain applicable professional groups.
The current poll being conducted
with the general public asks the questions "What is truth?" and "What makes a
We have found in polling that,
though these look like simple questions, in fact, they give respondents a great
deal of trouble. The main problem is communication. We have found in
our surveys that more than 90 percent of respondents cannot articulate a valid
response. In addition, different people use different, often conflicting
terms, in describing how they perceive what truth is.
Further questioning is usually needed to
determine people's true perception of what truth is.
WRI is involved in a multi-year
study of philosophic movements of the Twentieth Century that have
impacted human behavior and public policy.
At the crux of the study is the
nature of truth and people's changing perception of it. To
document how people perceive truth is the purpose of the above
stated poll with
the general public.
Much of the information we are
daily confronted with is false. We live in an age of deception,
more so than any other time in history. In advertising, government
pronouncements, in news reports, in the mass of information we are
daily confronted with, there are things that are not true, not
correct, in error, misleading. It takes a certain amount of
insight to discern fact from fiction. Ultimately each person must
decide for himself what is true and what is not.
Raising a person's awareness of
what constitutes truth will help in discerning what is true and
what is not. To participate in the poll being conducted for
WRI, go to