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Monday, January 06, 2003

Ba-dum-bump. Yes, as silly as it seems, the results from a poll about who takes online opinion polls is actually useful. It's nothing very new, as you'd figure that those who regularly take online polls would spend a lot of time on the computer; and if you spend that much time on the computer and the Web, you must be a rich Republican with lots of time to waste.

No, no, just kidding, y'all. But if you spend a lot of time accessing and working on the Web, it's a strong hint that you hold a higher-than-average profession (i.e., one connected to the knowledge industry); of course, with all things statistical, this is not a blanket rule, but just the likelihood. So, it tells us that the population for online poll participants tends to be skewed toward an upper-class demographic, and so any results should take that into account.

I guess I'm one of the few Democratic frequent poll-takers, all registered and everything. I just took two online surveys earlier today, in fact; both had to do with consumer spending habits. Always happy to toss my hat in.