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Trudeau voted worst Canadian in ‘unscientific’ online poll

07-Sep-07 12:19 am EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

Also under the heading of "Trudeau" tonight…. What the article above fails to mention, as all online polls do, is the fact that it’s very, very easy to write scripts to automate voting and thus skew the results.  As a programmer, I can think of several ways to do this, depending on how a poll or survey is put together technically.  And none, save for those which compromise anonymity, can be deemed as having results with any validity.  Since anonymity and "random selection" of control groups in polling is a fairly central concept – no web-based poll I now of can be deemed as anything more than completely biased and without any merit.

Indeed, the Internet will never be a good place for truly accurate polling to occur.  So – the right conclusion to have about Internet-based polls is "they’re pure nonsense" and no conclusion can be derived form them.  Why the CBC or any legitimate media organization would care to report on, much less sponsor an online poll is, to me, a mystery.

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