Even unbiased polls that are properly designed sometimes provide glimpses into the nature of the respondent pool that is disappointing if not outright disturbing. In any given poll it seems to me that about 20% of the respondents are either unaware of the facts of an issue or provide responses that are at odds with … More Public opinion polls: You can’t save the 20%
Is the answer to “Is 1+1=2” based in one’s belief or is it factual? How about, “Is the recession over?” Both are fact based. In a recent CNN poll* the question was asked, “Do you believe the recession is over?”. 74% responded saying the recession is not over. This seems like a silly question to … More Is the recession over and do you believe 1+1=2?
When is the last time you called a residential land line? The way we communicate is changing daily and while these changes are recognized by some polling organizations, they are not being adequately addressed resulting in poll data that may not be representative. Without confidence in the representativeness of the sample it is not possible … More Polls: Land lines account for most survey responses but are they representative?
Even under the best of circumstances it is difficult to collect representative data from a limited sampling of the population. Legitimate organizations make an honest attempt but there are factions that, through ignorance or by design, so fully bastardize the process the resulting information is less than meaningful. We must be critical thinkers when it … More Things that make you look dumb: Citing bad poll data
When politicians make decisions based on polls not only are they avoiding thinking for themselves, they are abdicating their responsibility as our elected representatives. Do people think that if the majority in a poll believe X then X is the correct action? Our elected officials seem confused and appear to believe that their only responsibility … More Poll addiction and democracy and.. democracy