osewalrus (osewalrus) wrote,

Why I rarely bother with online polls and why they mean diddly/squat

I've recently been getting urged to vote on the NOW Poll on PBS whether "Sarah Palin is qualified to be Vice President of the United States."

Since online polls began, they have been useless for anything that matters. It's not just a self-selection issue. It's that people who are obsessed with this crap will vote multiple times, build bots that vote, and get all their friends -- many of whom may have no interest in the matter -- to vote. Or, as I like to say, every time a major news org has some sort of poll about Israel or Palestinians more people vote than live on the planet.

Anyone who wants to vote should go right ahead. I waste my time looking at pictures of kitties with funny captions, so who am I to criticize others. But when I see people pretending these results mean something, I will raise a metaphorical arched eye brow. Bluntly, your vote for this year's Pegasus Awards has more real world meaning than the PBS survey on Sarah Palin.

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