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Reply #23: No one is angry. It's just not a real poll, is all. [View All]

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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-24-07 02:27 AM
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23. No one is angry. It's just not a real poll, is all.
Real polls are weighted. One person answering a set of questions is "equivalent" to a thousand people, if the pollster has done his work properly and screened for all sorts of factors. A straw poll, OTOH, usually consists of like people from a small universe.

For example, I could get four hundred people from Boston, on a trip to NYC to see Times Square, into a bar and take a vote as to the best team in baseball. Lo and behold, the results come in--in NYC, at Such-n-Such bar, Ninety five percent of the patrons prefer the RED SOX over the YANKEES.

See what it proves? Not much...at least not from NYC's perspective. And it isn't saying anything truthful about the support for the Yankees (the baaaaaastids) in NYC.
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