Thursday, July 28, 2016

How Important Are Polls...?

After reading this article, I am reminded that most people taking polls are not that bright.

Funny thing is, the people taking the polls in this case are probably the ones that should be the most likely to know what the right answers are!


A study in 2014 discovered that 11 percent of Americans believe that the tech language HTML is actually a venereal disease. About 2,400 people over the age of 18 participate din the survey by matching several tech- and non-tech-related words with a selection of possible definitions.

The study also concluded that 42 percent believed that a motherboard was actually the deck of a cruise ship. Furthermore, 27 percent believed that a gigabyte was a type of South American insect, 18 percent thought a Blu-ray was a marine animal, and 12 percent thought “USB” was an acronym for a European country.

The results of the survey were so alarming that a few media outlets thought the quiz was a publicity stunt. However, the company that crafted the poll insists that it is was not fabricated.

Now I know I'm not the brightest bulb in the pack, but I knew what the majority of these were. I got this article from Listverse, so blame them if you disagree, OK?

Coffee out on the patio this morning!


linda m said...

WOW, that just blew my mind. I have never claimed to be smart but even I knew the answers to those questions. I think I can successfully say that I am now smarter than the average guy. :) This post really made my day. Guess this is why I have never given much credence to any of the polls, especially political polls. I am feeling so smart that I will stop at the bakery on my way over to your place for coffee and pick up a Racine Kringle to go with our coffee.

Hermit's Baby Sis said...

Ok Linda, a Kringle I know, but not the Racine. Was it named after the town in Wisconsin? What does it contain? Long as it's no raisins, bring it on!!
Bubba - I may not know what all of those things really stand for, but at least I did know they are computer-ese, and not insects or diseases - sheesh!

Big hugs ~

JO said...

O M G lol, I'm with you I'm not very tech savy but I do know what these are.

Patio it is. We had a crazy storm last night.

Sixbears said...

I'm smart enough to hang up whenever there's a poll taker on the line.

So a large segment of those being polled are too dumb to hang up. :)

Dizzy-Dick said...

Pollsters usually only interview people that they figure are in agreement with the sponsor of the poll.

HermitJim said...

Hey Linda...
I do like the Kringles,so bring it on.
Thanks for stopping by today!

Hey Sis...
Like you I knew that they weren't a disease or country. I use most of these things every day!
Thanks, Sis, for coming over this morning!

Hey Jo...
Some folks just aren't as smart as they think, I reckon.
Thanks for dropping in this morning!

Hey Sixbears...
Sounds like what I do.
I appreciate the visit today!

HermitJim said...

Hey Dizzy...
Kinda like rigging the outcome, isn't it?
Thanks, buddy, for coming over!

Gorges Smythe said...

That poll was a little different, but most polls indicate whatever the desires are of the person paying for the poll.