Subject: Power of 10
How many bartcop readers will say they thought
Bart was maybe a wee bit 'PC crabby'
when he reported that the new CBS show Power
of 10 "is a really bad handjob?"
Bart.... watched a couple of these shows and
I'm finding the questions and polling percentages
kind of interesting. Seems like knowing the peoples'
pulse could be useful for various strategic planning.
Last night one question was "What percentage of
Americans would vote for Arnold Schwarzenegger
if he were allowed to run for President." I was
surprised at the 26% which I bet would have been
much higher a couple years ago. Some other questions:
What percentage of Americans have given money
to a TV evangelist?
What percentage of Americans are currently working
two or more jobs?
What percentage of Americans have been audited
by the IRS?
Don't know much about contracted polling company
Rasmussen Reports' cred,
but their survey methodology appears to be legit
from what I remember of stats class.
I'm also somewhat impressed with Drew Carey's
humor, sanity and logic as the moderator.
I've never paid much attention to him, but he's
pretty good. Anyway, we still don't know
what percentage of Americans think they're smarter
than George Bush, but that would be telling.
[disclosure: I DO NOT work for CBS in any capacity:]
OK, so maybe it's not the worst show ever, but
it has that one fatal flaw.
They might ask, "What
percent of people think Orlando is the capital of Florida?"
They don't ask, "What is the capitol of Florida?"
They ask questions that have no right answers.
That, and I watched to find out the "Smarter than Bush" number, but
they were just teasing.
(The CBS show website says about the polling:
Survey data for Power of 10 questions is collected
and processed by an independent
public opinion research firm, Rasmussen Reports,
Specific survey questions are determined by Power
of 10 and submitted to Rasmussen Reports.
Respondents are selected on a completely random
basis through a process designed to insure an
appropriate geographic distribution throughout
the country. The reported results reflect the overall
United States population in terms of age, race,
gender, political party, and other factors.)
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