I have an answer for everything...you may not like the answer or it may not satisfy your curiosity..but it will still be an answer. ~ Kal'Stang
My mind and my heart are saying I'm in my twenties. My body is pointing at my mind and heart and laughing its ass off. ~ Kal'Stang
If you are talking actual polls to vote for elected officials and ballot issues then it should remain anonymous in order to protect voters against angry opponents.
"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius
As far as voting in a DP poll is concerned I have no issue with my name being attached to my vote. I have no reason to hide from what my belief is and if I didn't want anyone to know I would have just refrained from voting.
As far as national polls or elections are concerned my only issue is being solicited by campaigns or company's endlessly once my info is out there. As a result of my inbox being filled in the past I no longer participate in online or phone polls.
If you build a man a fire, he'll be warm for a day.
If you set a man on fire, he'll be warm for the rest of his life.
Public, because I want to see who my enemies are so that I can have them smite to the ground!
Personally, I have no problem with anyone knowing my selections in any poll here on DP - I'm comfortable and confident in myself. That said, it's pretty clear that all of us here have a pretty high level of anonymity as it is on DP - I'm CanadaJohn so you know I'm in Canada and I'm John - otherwise, you basically know little or nothing about me - in fact, there's no guarantee I'm Canadian or John, although I am.
A Canadian conservative is one who believes in limited government and that the government should stay out of our wallets and out of our bedrooms.
The difference between the private and public polls here on DP, however, is that you must log in to vote on a private poll, but any guest can vote on a public one - in fact you can vote multiple times as a guest, I think. This has been used to stuff public polls in the past, I believe.
If you're talking about RL polls, secret ballot is always the way to go - or at least, only the voter themselves should have the option to reveal their choices.
Sometimes I think we're alone. Sometimes I think we're not. In either case, the thought is staggering. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller