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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-24-07 01:27 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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  -Edwards leads in Alabama poll. madfloridian  Apr-24-07 12:26 AM   #0 
  - Well.. stop the fucking presses..  damkira   Apr-24-07 12:28 AM   #1 
  - Well, I had to post it.  madfloridian   Apr-24-07 12:30 AM   #2 
  - The winner must carry the South .. wake up.  Hieronymus   Apr-24-07 12:32 AM   #3 
  - Ok...  damkira   Apr-24-07 12:37 AM   #6 
  - Can you believe it?  Bicoastal   Apr-24-07 12:33 AM   #4 
  - But he's a white male that Ann Coulter called a "faggot"  Syrinx   Apr-24-07 01:22 AM   #21 
  - Poll is a straw poll -- Obama leads straw poll in Atlanta....  rhombus   Apr-24-07 12:34 AM   #5 
  - They mean to me what I want them to mean.  madfloridian   Apr-24-07 12:42 AM   #7 
  - And your title is misleading  rhombus   Apr-24-07 12:47 AM   #12 
     - I could do better.  madfloridian   Apr-24-07 12:48 AM   #13 
  - Why is everyone so angry about my poll?  madfloridian   Apr-24-07 12:47 AM   #11 
     - Statewide poll is different from a barbeque straw poll  rhombus   Apr-24-07 12:49 AM   #14 
     - 200 Democrats gathered together, aren't they important?  madfloridian   Apr-24-07 12:51 AM   #15 
     - Not today on some issues.  madfloridian   Apr-24-07 01:29 AM   #24 
     - No one is angry. It's just not a real poll, is all.  MADem   Apr-24-07 01:27 AM   #23 
  - Edwards leads at a little party where everyone got to chime in, you mean.  MADem   Apr-24-07 12:42 AM   #8 
  - Is it ok for me to post it? 200 people ain't so little.  madfloridian   Apr-24-07 12:44 AM   #10 
     - Sure, you can post the results of a chat in the washroom if you want!  MADem   Apr-24-07 12:52 AM   #16 
        - So you really believe in the authenticity of formal polls.  madfloridian   Apr-24-07 12:55 AM   #17 
           - Well, it depends on who is doing the polling, and your definition of  MADem   Apr-24-07 01:22 AM   #20 
              - I like most of them.  madfloridian   Apr-24-07 01:27 AM   #22 
                 - There's nothing 'bad' about it. It's just not terribly useful to spot real trends.  MADem   Apr-24-07 01:30 AM   #25 
  - A poll from January 2003.  madfloridian   Apr-24-07 12:44 AM   #9 
  - Hey, humor me instead of attacking.  madfloridian   Apr-24-07 01:00 AM   #18 
  - There's all kinds of polls all over.  madfloridian   Apr-24-07 01:21 AM   #19 
 

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