Do Debate.Org's Polls Yield Biased Results?

Posted by: Lumberjay85

The polls always put the most common answer on top. Does this create a click bias towards the top choice?

  • Yes, people are influenced by the top choice.

  • No, the results are acurate.

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  • Well, not always the top choice, but the poll results are biased for a number of reasons: 1) DDO itself has a biased demographic - If I were to make a poll about Chinese influence in Africa, I'd be the only one saying 'Yes'; 2) Sometimes, poll topics and images attract a certain type of DDO user (liberals, conservatives, etc.); 3) Sometimes the choices are too limited (though not necessarily a biased poll like genesis') without an Others option or the ability to add answers.

  • It depends on the poll. If people strongly believe in something, they won't care what other people voted.

  • its meant to show which comments have the most votes, thats all.

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TBR says2015-04-26T17:19:30.7323641-05:00
I think the polls should be understood and use as a jumping off point for conversations. As a direct answer to your question yes bias happens due to a number of factors.
PetersSmith says2015-04-26T17:21:38.2377814-05:00
You must have never seen my polls.
TBR says2015-04-26T17:21:47.9664838-05:00
I think poll questions where there are 10 responses are nearly pointless. When's the last time you saw a professional polling withh that level of specificity? It ruins results. PeterSmirh right complex polls, however, I look at those as more educational about the possible answers.
TBR says2015-04-26T17:25:38.2045889-05:00
The biased and silly poll questions are nothing more than opinion wrapped in clunky sentences and bad images. It would seem creators of these polls would do better to explain themselves in comments rather then write The polls this way.
Mathgeekjoe says2015-04-26T17:29:10.5499802-05:00
"I think poll questions where there are 10 responses are nearly pointless. When's the last time you saw a professional polling withh that level of specificity? It ruins results." TBR don't say that long polls ruin results. I have argued PetersSmith about that and it didn't end well for me. For your own safety apologise before it is too late.
PetersSmith says2015-04-26T17:36:22.1985088-05:00
TBR: Usually for the polls that have ten or so options they are ordered by what first comes to mind and not necessarily the "popular opinion". Or sometimes they're ordered in a specific way like "I feel I am extremely intelligent".
TBR says2015-04-26T20:49:09.6960972-05:00
I think you both stop reading part way through. I think PetersSmith polls are unique. They are not so much a poll, and educational. There is, to me, little interest in the count, and more interest on understanding the options. I could make this more verbose, but I don't want people mimicking PetersSmith. Her polls get a pass because they are "different". Not polls at all.
TBR says2015-04-26T20:51:36.3548587-05:00
Now, If I have to choose between some sea-snake and a puppy again, I think I will track down said pollster and kick him in the... Well, you get it.
Mathgeekjoe says2015-04-26T20:52:33.9312318-05:00
I don't think I did a sea snake yet.
Mathgeekjoe says2015-04-26T20:53:46.3629604-05:00
"There is, to me, little interest in the count, and more interest on understanding the options." Forbidden words, don't say those, I have before, the outcome is terrifying, apologize now while you still can.
Kreakin says2015-04-27T14:01:02.4029206-05:00
If a good argument goes up people tend to vote for it I think.

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