? Polls and Surveys ?


"59.6% of New Yorkers interviewed supported armed conflict to resolve the silverfish dispute with Canada.
(Street interviews from a 1997 CBC documentary
about the effect 
of polls and surveys on our lives)



I watched that 1997 documentary myself, and I was blown away with how effortlessly
the person-in-the-street interviewer could whip those folks into a frenzy about those dangerous Canadian silverfish.

Since then, I've seen Rick Mercer's Talking to Americans.
And who can forget the same Rick Mercer inspiring over a million Canadians
to sign a petition to force Stockwell Day to change his name to Doris?

My Point?

Referenda, polls and surveys are useful, but only when used judiciously.
(and that's true 19 times out of 20.)