I received a few days ago a questionnaire from the League of Women Voters, which contained the following question:
In your view, what is the single biggest problem with elected officials in Washington, D.C., today?
__ They are out of touch with regular Americans.
__ They are under the influence of special interests.
__ They only care about their political careers.
__ They are too partisan and unwilling to compromise.
__ All of the above.
"None of the above," would have made sense. But it doesn't seem likely that it was intended. This doesn't seem to be one of those gotcha cases in which it's clear what the writer meant but they somehow misspoke. If "All of the above," was meant to correspond to the respondent's considering all four of the proposed answers to represent serious problems, why would the questioner have proposed in effect that either just one or all four of the possible responses be selected? A tie for first doesn't seem likely either.
In the same mail there arrived a letter from an organization called The Trident Society offering
Free Pre-Paid Cremation!
Both free and pre-paid, now that sounded like a deal!