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What Do You Think of Polls?

There are polls for this, and polls for that. Political polls that want to know how you might vote, or the approval rating of someone you wish for now you did not vote. Rating polls for what you watch on television or hate to watch. Polls taken at the shopping malls about your purchasing habits. Some turn into studies with more polls to answer on how well you liked a salad dressing or how your kids reacted to the latest test-marketed cereal. And then there are these random polls we offer here on Persona Paper.

I love to take polls

7 votes / 43% 7 votes / 43 %

I hate to take polls

3 votes / 18% 3 votes / 18 %

Polls are useless.

0 votes / 0% 0 votes

Ask me how I feel about poles, and I might tell you.

5 votes / 31% 5 votes / 31 %

This is the dumbest poll I have ever seen

1 votes / 6% 1 votes / 6 %
This poll has received 16 vote(s) so far.

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Feisty56 wrote on August 25, 2015, 12:47 PM

I would say my attitude about polls depends a good bit on the poll itself. I enjoy participating in the polls here at Persona Paper because i can see the outcome and understand from the comments other people's thinking about their answers. I may answer something sent in the mail, depending on the purpose. People who call me out of the blue and want me to participate in a poll? They stand a 50-50 chance of me being interested enough to participate.

Dawnwriter wrote on August 25, 2015, 1:22 PM

I like Persona Paper polls but I like plenty of options when it comes to newspaper polls. Sometimes options are only Yes or No which makes it very difficult to participate in such polls.

CoralLevang wrote on August 25, 2015, 1:24 PM

And what do you think about POLES, Feisty56 ? *prepares to write* emoticon :winking:

CoralLevang wrote on August 25, 2015, 1:25 PM

I understand the Yes or No ones being too black or white.

Dawnwriter wrote on August 25, 2015, 1:43 PM

And things are never that simple, are they? And what POLES are we talking about here?

Last Edited: August 25, 2015, 1:44 PM

CoralLevang wrote on August 25, 2015, 1:50 PM

It could be any number of poles. emoticon :grin: lexiconlover might have an idea that is in line with my thoughts.

lexiconlover wrote on August 25, 2015, 2:05 PM

I like polls, as long as they are more elaborate answers. I dont like simple polls, I domt like yes or no polls. I like more descriptive ones.

Is thar rhe answer you were expecting dear? :)

CoralLevang wrote on August 25, 2015, 2:16 PM

Psst. LexiconLover Look at the spelling. emoticon :winking:

lexiconlover wrote on August 25, 2015, 2:24 PM

Yeah I saw. My keyboard and my fingers are not getting along today.

CoralLevang wrote on August 25, 2015, 2:38 PM

And here I thought you would surely get the reference, and talk about fishing.

Rufuszen wrote on August 25, 2015, 2:44 PM

After the election result here and wrong forecast by the polling organisations, I tend not to worry about polls that much

RonElFran wrote on August 25, 2015, 2:53 PM

Depends almost totally on the content of the poll. If the subject is something I'm interested in and have an opinion about, I'll do it. Otherwise, I usually don't bother.

alexdg1 wrote on August 25, 2015, 4:34 PM

I'm not too keen about telephone poles because I once was a passenger on a car that ran into one. And I'm "meh" about dance (stripper) poles. I don't care about the poles themselves, but I do like the strippers. (Okay, some strippers. I don't like the ones that looked like they're half stoned or bored...or both.)

For the record, I've only been to a strip club once. But you get the idea.

Last Edited: August 25, 2015, 4:36 PM

Kasman wrote on August 25, 2015, 4:34 PM

I like Poles. I also like Latvians, Czechs, Estonians, Bulgarians . . . emoticon :grin:

alexdg1 wrote on August 25, 2015, 4:39 PM

What about Russians? emoticon :smile: I prefer Poles to the Russians, but I have met and liked a few Russians, too.

Last Edited: August 25, 2015, 4:41 PM

valmnz wrote on August 25, 2015, 4:44 PM

I like telephone poles and holes filled with poles and even good looking pole vaulters

wolfgirl569 wrote on August 25, 2015, 4:55 PM

I said I hate them so that one would have a vote also. For me it depends on the poll. As for the ask me one, I like big long poles. emoticon :grin: and emoticon :wink:

morilla wrote on August 25, 2015, 6:01 PM

Having been on both sides of the equation with surveys and polls, I can say that I hate them. A properly crafted poll/survey takes time to put together that, frankly, the results don't necessarily justify. The wording, the questions themselves, et al. have to be carefully constructed so as not to skew the results. Unfortunately, most don't take the time to properly construct them and you end up with questions which often force false choices or construct a premise you don't accept, with only an yes/no response available, etc. When I get called on the phone and asked to participate, if I'm in a co-operative mood, I'll still tell them it depends on the questions.

The last phone survey I was asked to reply responses for was supposed to be about a couple of State issues. By Question 3, they were starting to ask if I'd ever called a radio talk show, sent an e-mail to a television news program, specifically where did I get my 'news' from, and so forth. I asked them what the State issues were and was told I'd have to complete the survey. I responded that I wouldn't be willing to complete the survey without knowing what the purpose of the questions were. Let's say no more questions were answered. A couple of weeks or so later, it came out on the news that the current Administration was holding surveys from an 'academic' polling group which indicated that... It had to do with bringing back the Fairness Doctrine. I'm not sure how that was a State issue, but the timing seemed a little too coincidental to me; particularly given the questions being asked.

A couple of months ago, someone wanted me to sign a petition in the parking lot at a local chain store. I asked them a few questions, then told them "No." He wanted to know why. I responded that while I liked the idea, he could provide me no specifics on how they'd make it work. It was one thing to lodge a 'protest,' it was another to actually be intent on doing something about the problem. As I pointed out, the answers he was providing were simply fantasies and had been repeated numerous times before, with no connection to how things actually work or would work. In other words, I might have signed had they some idea what they were actually talking about in terms of making it work, but simply wanting to go in a direction which had been tried several dozen times over the last 70 - 80 years, with no 'solutions' to the problems which actually scuttle each attempt, was a waste of time.

Last Edited: August 25, 2015, 6:02 PM

DWDavisRSL wrote on August 25, 2015, 7:54 PM

This poll reminds me of a poll I took to poll the folks here on PP about what they thought about taking polls. I posted my poll several weeks ago because I had never posted a poll and wanted to try out writing a poll.

Paulie wrote on August 26, 2015, 12:52 AM

I read your post on subtle humor before reading this one. I think that maybe a lot of readers thought that pole was a typo for poll.

CoralLevang wrote on August 26, 2015, 12:55 AM

Yes, they can certainly seem skewed.

CoralLevang wrote on August 26, 2015, 12:55 AM

Nor do I, RonElFran

CoralLevang wrote on August 26, 2015, 12:56 AM

Ah, yes. Now we've got the momentum going...'bout time.

CoralLevang wrote on August 26, 2015, 12:58 AM

*laughs* THIS was where MY mind went originally....well, this and the same kind of poles wolfgirl569 and valmnz were talking about....you know...the vaulting kind.

CoralLevang wrote on August 26, 2015, 12:59 AM

Poor Russians get the bum rap...

CoralLevang wrote on August 26, 2015, 1:00 AM

You know, valmnz ...dare I ask what was behind "holes filled with poles"?? Is this one of those naughty Kiwi things? emoticon :winking:

CoralLevang wrote on August 26, 2015, 1:02 AM

wolfgirl569 I like that. Always go for the underdog. Is this where it would be appropriate to ask what the biggest, longest pole you have ever seen might be? *blinx*

CoralLevang wrote on August 26, 2015, 1:04 AM

I am right there with you.
Quite honestly, I usually take over the "interview" process when they get on the script. LOL But I'm bad like that.

CoralLevang wrote on August 26, 2015, 1:06 AM

As we are paid in coins for these polls, could it be said that the poll generator is the one for whom the poll tolls, DWDavisRSL ?? Inquiring minds want to know. emoticon :winking:

CoralLevang wrote on August 26, 2015, 1:09 AM

Paulie That being the case, they they missed out on the subtleties. I don't think that would be a typo, as it is two different hand/finger strokes. A typo might be "polk" or "pol;" or any other variety of typo, but that might be one tough "pill" to swallow.

ROFLMAO I'm getting punchy here.

valmnz wrote on August 26, 2015, 2:25 AM

You know CoralLevang I wish I could say yes emoticon :smile: t was just one of those silly things that popped into my head when I didn't know what to say. Sorry to disappoint you emoticon :smile:

Paulie wrote on August 26, 2015, 3:12 AM

If it wasn't a typo, then a lot of readers were automatically assuming that it was the same as poll.

alexdg1 wrote on August 26, 2015, 7:25 AM

Maybe it's because they're led by such fine folk as Ivan the Terrible, Czar Nicholas II, Vladimir Lenin, Joseph "Don't Call Me Joe" Stalin, and Vladimir Putin.

I once had a Soviet pen pal back in my college days. And the guy who took me to the aforementioned strip bar was a Russian emigre named Yuri.

agvulpes wrote on August 26, 2015, 7:26 AM

Well you know what they say ? There are poles and there are Polls and never the Twain shall meet? I have not idea what that means ...

CoralLevang wrote on August 26, 2015, 10:02 AM

And that is to say that all Germans are bad because of the likes of Hitler, Himmler, Heydrich, and the rest of the gang. Or North Korean people are all like the little nutcase Kim Jong-un or his father. Or dare I say that all strong American blonde women are like Hillary Clinton. (I once was told that I reminded someone of her. It was all I could do not go ballistic. LOL

CoralLevang wrote on August 26, 2015, 10:04 AM

Yes, these assumptions get made, as do not understanding the differences between other homonyms, I suppose.

CoralLevang wrote on August 26, 2015, 10:05 AM

I am not sure if Mark Twain ever met any Poles or took many polls. That would be interesting research. Get on it, okay? I think that would be a good project for you. LOL

CoralLevang wrote on August 26, 2015, 10:06 AM

I'm sorry to disappoint, &AbbyG ! emoticon :winking:

wolfgirl569 wrote on August 26, 2015, 10:14 AM

I dont think they would want that answer here lol

alexdg1 wrote on August 26, 2015, 10:24 AM

From my studies about Russian history, culture, and society, I've learned that as a group, Russians tend to be amenable to authoritarianism of any type and are in turns proud of their heritage but suffer from a national sense of inferiority vis a vis the West. That's why there is a sense of nostalgia for the Soviet Union in some segments of Russian society. They feel the loss of Russia's status as a superpower keenly, and there are many Russians, even among the post-Soviet era young, who feel that America was too "triumphalist" at the end of the Cold War and totally disrespects their country.

CoralLevang wrote on August 26, 2015, 10:50 AM

Interesting.

CoralLevang wrote on August 26, 2015, 10:52 AM

ROFLMAO No disappointment, ValMNZ . You already know I can be cheeky enough for the both of us! LOL

CoralLevang wrote on August 26, 2015, 10:54 AM

Oh, those pole vaulters' poles are actually quite long and amazingly flexible, so I hear. But I think that valmnz is our resident expert on that. I dunno.

CoralLevang wrote on August 26, 2015, 10:56 AM

Join the club, sister! Join the club! emoticon :winking:

wolfgirl569 wrote on August 26, 2015, 12:05 PM

It does look like she is and on holes filled with poles also.

BarbRad wrote on August 26, 2015, 7:07 PM

I enjoy taking real polls that mean something. I feel cheated by polls that appear in ads that won't register until you click through and give your email address and other private information. I abandon those.

CoralLevang wrote on August 27, 2015, 1:10 AM

Oh, I do not like those types AT ALL, BarbRad !

CoralLevang wrote on August 27, 2015, 1:13 AM

Thank you, &VisionofHope . emoticon :smile: I will gladly take that as a compliment. emoticon :smile: I have actually written a bit of satire in the past, and that is often completely so over the heads of most readers, that some have even "warned" me that "people are going to take you wrong."

It's been the bane of my existence, at times. LOL

PriscillaKing wrote on September 13, 2015, 7:00 PM

I enjoy online polls because I've cashed out (with giftcards) at Yougov...I think people who call anybody at home, or on a cell phone, with a poll should be hit with a pole.

CoralLevang wrote on September 14, 2015, 6:26 AM

PriscillaKing Ugh...though voter polls are what I hate!