Sunday, March 24, 2013

Skewed Polls

When the Post polls its readers on an innocuous topic, like their favorite grass seed, they get up to 25,000 responses depending on the type of grass included in the poll, practically the Posts entire subscription list. But when they ask about legislation that bids to criminalize between one-third and one half of the population of the state, computer-savvy troglodytes drag their knuckles across their keyboards and activate secret hacking sites in the Cayman Islands to produce an answer the editors didn’t want.

Hint to the Post staff: If you find that the population consistently disagrees with you, it’s easy to limit participation in your polls to Post subscribers only, which should get you closer to the results you have in mind.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

But if you limit the poll to Denver Post subscribers, it would be a statistically insignificant sample.