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Polls: Vote now!

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Polls: Vote now!

Just a little bit of fun really;
Maurice (I think) posted an excellent article [some time ago], highlighting how polls [and have been] could be used to apparently canvas opinion, but in reality just guide participants in supporting the chosen cause.
So, discuss the uselessfulness of polls, and share any examples of superbly (or otherwise) constructed polls which either completely useless, or only useful to one side of an argument.
PS: Probably better not to link to polls here, or discuss the same - don't want it to look like an attack, just a source of merriment and amusement.
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pierre_pierre
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Re: Polls: Vote now!

er 5 votes and only three voters?
Lurker
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Re: Polls: Vote now!

You can have up to three votes.
Its another mechanism for making this poll useless.
I'm hoping the voters have dashed off to find some gems of actual polls for us to look at.
pierre_pierre
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Re: Polls: Vote now!

how?
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Re: Polls: Vote now!

Come on - click 3 boxes and vote  Cool
If you click more than 3 you get a popup saying you can only vote for 3
pierre_pierre
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Re: Polls: Vote now!

I had to go back and delete my single vote and then put in the three not at all obvious
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Re: Polls: Vote now!

Quote from: James_G
You can have up to three votes....

I would like to register a complaint. I tried to vote for 'yes' 3 times but the system won't let me. I WANT MY 3 VOTES AS PROMISED Tongue.
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Re: Polls: Vote now!

Quote from: pierre_pierre
how?

Me know how!  When?
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Re: Polls: Vote now!

Grin Grin that made me chuckle.
I wonder if James is running a sweepstake. I reckon with those choices, they'll all end up equal +/- 1 or 2.
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Re: Polls: Vote now!

Quote from: Spider
Quote from: James_G
You can have up to three votes....

I would like to register a complaint. I tried to vote for 'yes' 3 times but the system won't let me. I WANT MY 3 VOTES AS PROMISED Tongue.

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Re: Polls: Vote now!

Quote from: MauriceC
Quote from: pierre_pierre
how?

Me know how!  When?


Where are the Snowdens of yesteryear?
craigyoung
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Re: Polls: Vote now!

There was a great Yes Minister sketch about this which people may remember,  Humphrey was proving how polls can lead people to one conclusion or another eg National Service -
It ran something like....

Poll1
Do you think war is a terrible thing?
Do you think we should force people to fight against their will?
Do you think we should encourage young people to hate others?
Do you think we should encourage conflict?
Do you think national service is a bad idea?
Poll2
Do you think young people need more discipline?
Do you think our national security is important?
Do you think we should fight to defend our liberties?
Do you think National Service is a good idea?