View Poll Results: Is the option "other" necessary on every poll?

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Thread: A Poll About Polls

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    A Poll About Polls

    Is the option "other" necessary on every poll?


    The responses I get to polls I make here got me thinking about certain things concerning poll questions themselves. Maybe I really was doing something wrong after all, or maybe people really are dumb. I don't know.


    Mods, please don't remove this thread. I want everyone to know that this is a serious poll and I'm not intending for it to be a mockery or spam or something to that extent. When answering this question, it does not even have to be about a poll on Debate Politics Forums - Powered by vBulletin, it can be about any poll, anywhere, anytime.


    I really want to see what people think because the results might even help others when they make polls on this board. It would be interesting to find how the results apply outside of this thread, whether it be a poll concerning politics, social policy, religion, culture, etc.


    Answer honestly and put some thought into it.






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    Re: A Poll About Polls

    It depends on the poll.


    For example these two polls have different scenarios One ask what do you think should happen and another ask if someone deserves a certain kind of punishment.

    http://www.debatepolitics.com/polls/...rs-rapist.html




    http://www.debatepolitics.com/archiv...h-penalty.html (Does the cockroach in human form John Evander Couey deserve the death penalty?)
    "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

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    Re: A Poll About Polls

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    It depends on the poll.


    For example these two polls have different scenarios One ask what do you think should happen and another ask if someone deserves a certain kind of punishment.

    http://www.debatepolitics.com/polls/...rs-rapist.html




    http://www.debatepolitics.com/archiv...h-penalty.html (Does the cockroach in human form John Evander Couey deserve the death penalty?)
    Yeah that's what I think too, it depends on the poll.

    So I suppose you would vote "No" right?


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    Re: A Poll About Polls

    it depends on the poll. most the time if you give Yes and No options, you don't need an Other. if you ask a question like "which is worse, A or B" you should give an Other for people who think they're equally good or bad.

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    Re: A Poll About Polls

    Quote Originally Posted by Cilogy View Post
    Yeah that's what I think too, it depends on the poll.
    So I suppose you would vote "No" right?
    yes I did vote no.
    "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"

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    Re: A Poll About Polls

    me too. because some things are black and white.

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    Re: A Poll About Polls

    Quote Originally Posted by emdash View Post
    it depends on the poll. most the time if you give Yes and No options, you don't need an Other. if you ask a question like "which is worse, A or B" you should give an Other for people who think they're equally good or bad.
    Perhaps... but half the entertainment of participating in 'poll' threads is watching all the bickering about how the poll is so poorly constructed. If every poll had an 'other' option, what would be the fun?


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    Re: A Poll About Polls

    Few things can be answered with a simple yes or no.
    In most cases, "other" or none of the above is necessary.
    The idea is to have people think, without controlling them.

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    Re: A Poll About Polls

    I voted YES because the failure to list OTHER means the pollster has thought out all possible options when too often they haven't.

    Polls often reflect the intellect of the pollster. Failing to include an OTHER option when appropriate is a big tip off to someone who hasn't given the poll much thought.

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    Re: A Poll About Polls

    Quote Originally Posted by bhkad View Post
    I voted YES because the failure to list OTHER means the pollster has thought out all possible options when too often they haven't.

    Polls often reflect the intellect of the pollster. Failing to include an OTHER option when appropriate is a big tip off to someone who hasn't given the poll much thought.
    I don't know, I think if there's a straightforward yes/no question with Yes and No options, you don't need a maybe/other. people who are undecided or uninformed about it shouldn't be voting, right? but then, I'm an elitist.

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