Ask FactCheck: Week ending Feb. 22

February 22, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
FactCheck.org answers your questions about U.S. politics.

Feb. 22, 2008

Q: Are polls skewed because many people only have cell phones?
A: Poll-takers worry a lot about this. A recent study indicates that polling results aren't yet affected very much. We're not so sure.

Q: Were there really weapons of mass destruction in Iraq when the U.S. invaded in 2003?
A: No. The Iraq Survey Group determined that Iraq had abandoned its quest to develop chemical, biological and nuclear weapons and that it had already destroyed all of its existing stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons.

Q: What is the difference between GDP and GNP?
A: GDP is the market value of everything produced within a country; GNP is the value of what's produced by a country's residents, no matter where they live.

Q: What happens to a candidate's leftover campaign funds when he or she drops out of the race?
A: The big rule is: no personal use.

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