14 September 2012

Poll results -- Polls!

Surprise! People who vote in polls love polls! Oh, and there's a new poll (accessibility!) on the sidebar ===>
Are polls useful on this blog?
Yes -- and I vote in them 76%37
Yes -- but I don't vote in them 4%2
No -- but I vote in them 14%7
No -- and I don't vote in them 6%3
49 votes total
But seriously folks, I need some new questions for polls. What are you curious about? Where are the fault lines in our discussions of water.

On a more serious note, take this as an example of a constituency speaking out in favor of its preferences. Do we know that those preferences are of the majority? No, since we asked neither the population, nor a random sample, but a self-selected sample.

Bottom Line: A few people are not representative of all the people.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Curious about: Discussions of water resources typically deal exclusively with freshwater. Is seawater a resource, and, if so, why does it not factor into the discussion more (i.e., saline water for energy production, downstream impacts of water pollution, saltwater intrusion, etc.)?

David Zetland said...

Good question. You basically answered it: seawater is a resource when we put value on the functions it serves...