Monday, February 11, 2008

Poll

Opinion polls have been pretty popular. I know people who would vote almost everyday about anything under the sun, but still find it useless to go to a polling booth and cast their vote during goverment elections.

When you have a clear sample space you may require a 'yes', a 'no' and a 'can't say'. Because you expect everyone to vote and those who want to abstain their vote can also state so.

But when it comes to internet polls, where the sample space can never be calculated (well you might avg the no of hits per day but even that doesnt make sense), it just doesn't make sense to have a 'can't say' for an opinion. If you can't say anything, just don't say. There are so many people who don't even bother to say, it doesn't make a difference if you can't say.
Today in The Economic Times, at 8 in the morn I observed that the previous poll had 81% yes, 19%, 0% can't say.
I was delighted. And I thought i should blog about and put up the link.
Well happiness is shortlived. When I checked the link, it became 17% no and 2% can't say. (It's the "Do you think Railways' frequent traveller scheme would be a success?" )

Hmmmm. I think the only purpose 'can't say' might serve would be to tell the guy who makes these questions for poll everyday that his/her question sucks. Bad manners.

So, 'can't say' should be removed I say. What do you say? (comment option)
Yes
No
Can't say

7 comments:

  1. Yes.

    No, wait, NO.

    Eh, forget about it, can't say. :P

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  2. 2 amrit:

    Yes.

    No, wait, NO.

    Eh, forget about it, can't say. :P



    too too cliche..


    2 fairy:
    shouldn't there be another poll.,
    puppet / madman
    1. same person
    2. two people
    3. can't say

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  3. I say burn 'em al..

    @Mad Man

    Stop hogging up all the space...

    A doubt in your head... has to be resolved in your head... public forums aint the place to discuss 'em..

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  4. @amrit
    :)

    @madman
    he seems too cliche to you coz he is normal
    option1

    @puppet
    i agree with what u say to madman..
    but i do enjoy these discussions on moi blog...

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  6. @MadMan

    Twilight Fairy said::

    @madman
    he seems too cliche to you coz he is normal


    Haw!! * Stands with right hand on open lips.... Awe struck....**

    A question being raised... Your normality is in question...

    But dude I think we found... the one... the normal one... And you thought one never existed... Bah!!

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  7. 2 puppet:

    But dude I think we found... the one... the normal one... And you thought one never existed... Bah!!



    dude, this one post disproves our understanding of 20odd years,

    everything is down the drain now.!!

    we are no one, our ego has been crushed n tht too big time..

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