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And tonight let us think back to the sense of unity that prevailed on 9/11.
Appeal to Popularity
Ad Populum

Category: Fallacies of Relevance (Red Herrings)

The Appeal to Popularity has the following form:

  1. Most people approve of X (have favorable emotions towards X).
  2. Therefore X is true.
The basic idea is that a claim is accepted as being true simply because most people are favorably inclined towards the claim. More formally, the fact that most people have favorable emotions associated with the claim is substituted in place of actual evidence for the claim. A person falls prey to this fallacy if he accepts a claim as being true simply because most other people approve of the claim.

It is clearly fallacious to accept the approval of the majority as evidence for a claim. For example, suppose that a skilled speaker managed to get most people to absolutely love the claim that 1+1=3. It would still not be rational to accept this claim simply because most people approved of it. After all, mere approval is no substitute for a mathematical proof. At one time people approved of claims such as "the world is flat", "humans cannot survive at speeds greater than 25 miles per hour", "the sun revolves around the earth" but all these claims turned out to be false.

This sort of "reasoning" is quite common and can be quite an effective persuasive device. Since most humans tend to conform with the views of the majority, convincing a person that the majority approves of a claim is often an effective way to get him to accept it. Advertisers often use this tactic when they attempt to sell products by claiming that everyone uses and loves their products. In such cases they hope that people will accept the (purported) approval of others as a good reason to buy the product.

This fallacy is vaguely similar to such fallacies as Appeal to Belief and Appeal to Common Practice. However, in the case of an Ad Populum the appeal is to the fact that most people approve of a claim. In the case of an Appeal to Belief, the appeal is to the fact that most people believe a claim. In the case of an Appeal to Common Practice, the appeal is to the fact that many people take the action in question.

This fallacy is closely related to the Appeal to Emotion fallacy, as discussed in the entry for that fallacy.

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 1,424 Total Answer Attempts   34%
 485 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 939 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

 
485 - Appeal to Popularity
141 - Appeal to Emotion
71 - Special Pleading
62 - Appeal to Pity
56 - Appeal to Tradition
52 - Misleading Vividness
36 - Peer Pressure
35 - Appeal to Fear
31 - Appeal to Belief
31 - Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
30 - Red Herring
27 - Relativist Fallacy
25 - Post Hoc
23 - Fallacy of Division
22 - Circumstantial Ad Hominem
22 - Appeal to Novelty
21 - Appeal to Flattery
20 - Biased Generalization
20 - Begging the Question
18 - Appeal to Common Practice
17 - Confusing Cause and Effect
15 - Guilt by Association
15 - Hasty Generalization
14 - Poisoning the Well
14 - Fallacy of Composition
13 - Burden of Proof
13 - Ignoring a Common Cause
13 - Ad Hominem
12 - Appeal to Authority
11 - Middle Ground
11 - Slippery Slope
9 - Appeal to Ridicule
8 - Genetic Fallacy
8 - False Dilemma
8 - Personal Attack
6 - Appeal to Spite
6 - Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
2 - Gambler's Fallacy
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