Poll Shows Nothing

Plus or minus 67%, 18 times out of 20

Apr 26th, 2010 | By Coco Cabrera | Category: Featured, News

Statistical analysis of recent URNews online polls shows they reveal nothing.

“I don’t know where you would ever get the idea that voluntary polls on the side of some website would prove anything,” said University of Newfoundland at St. John’s Professor of Mathematics, Dr. Linden Moulton. “The group you are sampling only represents the sort of people that visit URNews and then only that subset of those that can be bothered to click on some arbitrarily selected choices.”

The URNews editorial board decided to look into the matter after 83% of respondents to last weeks question indicated that Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty should “(d) put mayonnaise on his genitals.”   The (d) answer option for the question was, in fact, a typographical error.

“It’s dangerous to draw conclusions about what the general public thinks, even with the best tools,” said Professor Moulton. “Imagining that your audience represent some kind of  “norm” is simply ridiculous. You people are extrapolating from a point of absolutely zero statistical worth.”

Despite the fact that the polls prove nothing, URNews is considering retaining them as they are popular with readers and provide free content for the cash-strapped organization.

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