When a population statistic can be objectively measured, it is a great item to utilize in a discussion.
However, I often see statistics utilized in discussions were I don’t see how they could have been objectively measured. Particularity, I am referring to any statistic that relies on self-reported data about a fact about oneself that the reporter may not be willing to acknowledge even to themself.
Couple of Examples that come to Mind:
1) The percentage of men that experience sexual assault and domestic violence
2) The percentage of individuals that are sexually attracted to the same sex
How is this issue addressed in statistics? Can we even get accurate statistics for such information?