Bill's Poll Results Are In!
just compromised my integrity and voted eight times in an online
poll on the KSEE24 site having to do with who I thought won the
Vice-Presidential Debate. I am contrite. The poll result will doubtless
give my contribution(s) weight that they do not deserve.
some reason, polling a special group of people like computer users
are still being presented as if they meant something. One guy with
a computer who knows what he is doing can vote hundreds of time
and nobody will be the wiser, especially the poor mislead suckers
who have heard or seen the results.
For some reason,
people have come to expect some measure of truth from broadcast
or print media. I once commented on a partisan "hit piece"
book that one of my high school students was quoting, and she got
all huffy, replying, "Well, they wouldn't let them print it
is it wasn't true.!" Unfortunately there are a lot of gullible
folks out there who fall into that trap.
has to do with the influence of polls and "news-cum-veritas"
that influences voting behaviour. People like to vote for winners,
and it has been shown time and time again that people sometimes
stay home and do not bother to vote if they figure their ballot
will not make any difference! When the polls close on the East Coast
and the polls are still open for another three hours on the West
Coast, this can, and does, have an effect. As we saw in Florida
in 2000, some 500 properly-placed votes can decide momentous events
like who becomes president. Are there any soldiers in Iraq today
, sent by the Bush administration on the basis of false information,
that might not have been there if they had voted? Problematic, but
To quote a
chap whose name slips my mind, "Americans are the best-entertained
and the least-informed of any people on the planet." Many equate
"facts" given them by obviously-biased sources such as
Fox news or most AM radio station right-wing talk show hosts with
truth. As an informed public is a laudable goal in a democracy,
people need to turn off "Survivor" and tune in some alternative
sources of "facts" such as Amy Goodman's "Democracy
Now" on KFCF-FM or perhaps surf up www.truthout.org on the
net, just to see that there really IS another side, or sides, to
what they are buying from their usual respected sources.
Anyway, I decided
to try my hand at finding truth through some polling of my own.
My first effort involved a phone poll on who is going to win in
November. Both my parents answered, George Bush", so my poll
results, herein duly published show 100% for Bush, 0% for Kerry.
My next poll
was at my local Shell station, where I interviewed people with large
trucks and SUVs. The question was "Do you think gas prices
are too high?" Out of ten answers, only one, who obviously
didn't speak English very well, said "Yes." In the interest
of scientific accuracy, I put him down as a "No opinion."
So, laminate this for your wallet: 90% of gasoline buyers think
gas prices are too high! Of course, you may wish to fault me due
to my extrapolating from "Truck/SUV owners" to "gasoline
buyers", but I'm sure even mo-ped owners would have answered
in the affirmative, if I had asked. I need a little license here...
I next tried
an online poll among all of the folks I know in the peace movement.
Well, I ignored the ones who don't have computers, but I'm sure
that is insignificant. Out of the 100 people I sent out questions
to only three responded. The question was, "Do you think it
was wrong to invade Iraq?" All three answered "Yes!"
One lady felt so strongly about it that I counted her six times.
So, that was 8 votes against the war. Note the result: 100% of the
American People are against the war. O.K., so I shaded the "invasion"
into "the war", and figured my sample was good enough
to speak for the American People but hey, aren't they the same thing?
I try to be objective in constructing my survey questions.
I will publish
other illuminating polls that I will do from time to time when they
pertain to current topics. If you would like to be included in my
next one, having to do with the parentage of Osama Bin Laden, feel
free to contact me.
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