Thursday, March 17, 2005

Generic Servey

I was watching the news this evening and they gave the results of a poll. The only problem was, I had missed what the poll was for. All I knew was that 90% had said yes and 10% had said no. So I'm wondering something - if people have absolutely no reason to have a strong opinion one way on another, what do they tend to answer? What is the default? Surely there's been a study. There's a study for everything! If there hasn't been a study, here's a sample servey they could use.

1. Yes or no?
a. Yes
b. No

2. Agree or disagree?
a. Agree
b. Disagree

3. On a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being strongly disagree, 10 being strongly agree.

4. True or false?
a. True
b. False

5. a, b, c, or d?
a. a
b. b
c. c
d. d

6. 1, 2, 3, or 4
a. 1
b. 2
c. 3
d. 4

7. this or that?
a. this
b. that

... and so on...

Of course, to get rid of order bias, you might have to give half the respondents the options in reverse order, like put No before Yes and That before This.

Random? Yes. It's just a random kind of day.


Anonymous francesm said...

It's a positive kind of day for me, here are my answers:
1. Yes, 2. Agree,
3. 10, 4. True, 5. a, 6. a, 7. This!!!!

You know where this positive feeling comes from? Laughing @ your silly, random joke!

3/18/2005 6:59 AM  

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