Lops didn’t like my last entry, about the poll results on our government’s performance. This is what Lops noted on Observing the state of the nation, but intended for my last entry: “Looks like OL wants everything to go the way he feels and views!!! POLL is just a poll and i don’t think anybody will take it seriously…For that matter, even earlier polls might be wrong!”
I hope that Lops is not correct about the OL wanting everything to go his way. If he is correct, then the leader of the opposition party sucks – LOPS.
But Lops is correct about our polls not being taken seriously. And, about the possibility of our earlier polls being wrong. Lops is correct, because polls on this blog inherently suffer from three biases.
The first bias is a socioeconomic bias. Very few Bhutanese have access to the internet. And, naturally, access to polls on this blog. Those who participate in online polls are relatively richer and more educated. And, their views do not necessarily reflect those of the masses. So the poll results would not be representative of the public’s real views.
The second is a statistical bias. A sample of two to three hundred people is statistically insignificant. Their views essentially amount to “noise”, and bear little indication of the views held by the general population. In fact, they bear little indication to the views of even just those with internet access.
And the third is a technological bias. One person can vote several times from different computers or, by using proxie servers, from one computer.
So why then do I conduct polls? Because, they make us think about important issues; And because they are fun.