Definition Leading question

Leading questions are deliberately phrased as to guide respondents into thinking a certain way.

An example of neutral phrasing is "Are you for or against an increase in tobacco tax rates?" An example of a leading question is "Are you in favor of increasing tobacco tax rates in order to protect our children's health?"

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