It always annoys me to see polls reported in the media as if they reflect what a majority of Americans think. They don't. They reflect what 1,000 people think!
But because they are reported as if they are fact, people who are "skimmers" rather than readers of articles all the way through, get entirely the wrong impression. They see the headlines reported by a major news source, think, "Oh, wow," and never bother to read that final paragraph that says: "We talked to 1,000 people and have extrapolated what over 100,000,000 people think based on that." Ridiculous.