Just a tad loaded, don’t you think?

25 Mar

A quickie today as I have to see Dr C in the morning and tutor this afternoon.

After yesterday’s update to my entry on “framing” and the literacy debate I was struck by today’s Yahoo7 poll: “Is Kevin Rudd buying his popularity?”


What happened to (for example) “He’s doing a good job” or “The Opposition have been pathetic”? No prizes for guessing which response is winning. It isn’t the last one…


Posted by on March 25, 2009 in Australia, media watch, Political, politics


4 responses to “Just a tad loaded, don’t you think?

  1. Benjamin Solah

    March 25, 2009 at 10:47 am

    Yeah, those online polls always appear a bit dodgy to me. Loaded, indeed.

  2. AV

    March 25, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    Yeah, those online polls always appear a bit dodgy to me. Loaded, indeed.

    Which is why PZ Myers endorses, and encourages, the crashing of such polls:

    Because these polls are unscientific and therefore largely biased toward the demographic of the website on which they’re posted, Myers argued that poll crashing makes it harder for people to use the polls simply to reaffirm their own biases.

    As if to illustrate the inanity of these polls, have a look at the last option: “He’s not popular to me.” Surely popularity is to some degree measurable, even if the Yahoo7 poll or something like it is such an unreliable metric. An individual respondent cannot just “decide”, based on his or her own personal feelings, whether Rudd is popular or not: either he is, or he isn’t.

  3. Neil

    March 25, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    The preliminary question “Is Kevin Rudd buying his popularity?” seems to me to suggest “Yes” rather strongly thus leading to a choice of option 1 or option 4.

  4. Legal Eagle

    March 28, 2009 at 9:59 am

    It reminds me of the famous loaded question: “Are you still beating your wife?”

    The results of polls such as this is totally meaningless, as they are obviously angling for a particular response in the options they give you.

    This is one of the reasons why I hate multiple choice – there’s never an option for the answer I want to give!!!

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