This Blog Polling Everyone In America!

Posted Thursday, July 17, 2008, at 8:05 AM
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  • Polls are based on statistical analysis of responses to specific questions by a mathematical number of responders determined to be at least the minimum number that could be representative of the total population being polled. In theory, they represent the inclination of the population, in practice; we know that they are often wrong. As polls involve the use of statistics, the oft used quote of Mark Twain (although he attributed it to Disraeli in his autobiography) that "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics" also applies to polls. I classify people who base decisions on polls alone or even place significant import on polls when making decisions as fools of the highest caliber.

    Pollsters know that the results of a poll can be skewed by many things, among which are how the question is asked, the choice of responses offered, and who is asked.

    In response to your poll question, my answer is NO. I would like to PREFER THAT GASOLINE RETURN TO 28 CENTS PER GALLON…………………..LOL

    -- Posted by FlyinLion on Sat, Jul 19, 2008, at 12:02 PM
  • Flyin Lion is correct. Even the Local Brazil Times polls don't always give the choice I would choose so I cannot answer without commenting to explain my response.

    To this one, No. To reduce price of petroleum products that much would not drive us to seek out alternative sources of transportation, such as more fuel efficient vehicles and mass transportation. We started to do this when gas went over $1 a gallon in the 70's and caused a "crisis" but forgot about it too quickly and went back to large vehicles and additional lost support for mass transit investment. Only if we tax privately owned gas guzzling vehicles as we do with other luxury items [such as jewelry], would lowering gas prices really do any good and encourage people to buy a car for its original intended use, transportation. Not a status symbol.

    -- Posted by Jenny Moore on Mon, Jul 21, 2008, at 6:49 AM
  • LOL...........after reading Jenny's comment, I find that I want to change mine because what she said makes a great deal of sense, but I didn't think of it when I answered.

    Does that make polls more or less reliable?

    -- Posted by FlyinLion on Mon, Jul 21, 2008, at 11:29 AM
  • Come to think of it.... I have to say that my answer is still NO, for Jenny's reasoning even though I cannot ride across town in a car. They sit to low and put my legs to sleep in about ten minutes. I drive one of two vehicles, a full-sized pick-up or a mid-sized SUV. Believe me, I don't do it for status or gas mileage, I do it because I can get out of them and still be able to walk. That helps when you are grocery shopping. I use them as little as possible, who doesn't anymore, and try to get as much done as possible when I do get in them.

    -- Posted by FlyinLion on Mon, Jul 21, 2008, at 1:12 PM
  • I would like to see gas prices at $1. I know the altruistic answer is Jenny's answer and I respect it and agree in theory. But I'm sick of paying $150 just to go see my parents! And I don't see us as a country doing a thing about alternative energy or mass public transportation in the very near future...but I'd love to be proved wrong.

    -- Posted by sdskelton on Wed, Aug 6, 2008, at 8:07 AM
  • Oops, that was supposed to be logged in under lawyersusan. Sorry.

    -- Posted by sdskelton on Wed, Aug 6, 2008, at 8:07 AM
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