Huckleby wrote:Azog wrote: The watchers of the evening news are not a random sample of the population, they are the part of the population that watches the evening news on that channel.
Somebody in this thread challenged me to prove that the majority of Madison residents support the Edgewater project.
Obviously there is no definitive proof available, just anecdotal and circumstantial evidence, its ultimately a judgement call. The one-sided opinion of evening news watchers is strong evidence. The overwhelming support of elected officials is strong evidence.
If the anti-Edgewater warriors want to beleive they were the voice of the People, and that they were screwed by crooked legal maneuvers, who am I to spoil their wet dream?
In the choice between useless information that could possibly mislead and no information, I'll take no information and hold out for better information in the future.
An online poll's results are based on a)people who visit that particular website AND b)happen to see the poll AND c)decided they want to take part in it. They're also usually written by news reporters / editors who may not have any experience in asking unbiased or correctly-worded questions. As someone else mentioned there's no restriction as to geographic location of the answerer and many polls can't restrict to one vote per person.
Online polls are entertainment devices, not accurate representations of public opinion.
The best we have will be the results of next Tuesday's municipal elections, but even those won't be purely driven by Edgewater opinion (and plenty of voters aren't pro or con, they really don't give a shit about this particular issue). Though if Maniaci loses by 20 points you might get an inkling.