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    Post Have you ever voted in a "scientific" poll?

    I keep seeing the term "scientific poll" on a regular basis. These are supposed to represent a true cross section of the population.

    But who gets to vote in them? In my entire life, I don't ever recall being asked to vote in one.

    It is so easy to construct a poll on the internet that allows each person to vote only once. But these are not considered "scientific."

    For years, I have wondered if the so-called "scientific" polls are rigged.


    HAVE YOU EVER been chosen to vote in a "scientific" poll by a major news company, TV sponsor, etc?

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    Re: Have you ever voted in a "scientific" poll?

    Not I, to the best of my knowledge. Those people in back of the poll seem to have an agenda, and this colors the results.
    Perhaps a "scientific" poll is impossible.

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    Re: Have you ever voted in a "scientific" poll?

    I haven't, but I know my parents have gotten calls to take polls. So I'm assuming that real people do respond.

    However I don't trust polls. If you poll 1000 people, you could be polling 800 Democrats and 200 Republicans for example. It could also depend on where you are polling. Everyone has different opinions, so you can't assume the rest of the country leans the same ways as the polls suggest.

    I don't believe that polls can represent the true balance of feelings of the entire country. The only way to get a truly accurate poll is to question everyone... and I mean everyone.

    Unless that's done, polls are just a shot in the dark.

    ** Not to mention questions can be misleading or the responses can suggest the wrong conclusion.
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    Re: Have you ever voted in a "scientific" poll?

    I have taken polls that purported to be scientific, but I really don't agree that many, if any of them, actually are. Every single poll I've ever taken, "scientific" or not, I could identify a clear bias in the questions, designed to make you answer a certain way. Leading questions are, by definition, not scientific.
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    Re: Have you ever voted in a "scientific" poll?

    I have not ever voted in a "scientific" poll.

    I distrust polls in general.

    I have read a little about the science behind the idea of a poll, but I don't think very many (if any) polls are actually scientific.

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    Re: Have you ever voted in a "scientific" poll?

    Generally, anything political is not going to be scientific. Real scientific polls involve non-controversial topics in which neither the pollster nor the participants have a strong opinion on the subject. Even without bias, sloppiness can easily screw up a survey even more than deliberate fudging. Accurate polls are quite rare.

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