Better Poll options
Many times, the options for the daily Poll are biased toward one side or the other, and leave out many more accurate options.
For example, in today's Poll (1/17/13),
The Business Roundtable wants to raise the retirement age to 70, claiming it will save billions in Social Security and Medicare spending. Is this a good idea?
-- Yes, employees should be allowed to work past the current retirement age
-- No, the current retirement age is just fine
-- There are better ways to fix the system
In the first option, it says that employees "should be allowed" to choose.
The Business Roundtable wants to force the higher age limit.
"Should" employees be allowed to work past the current retirement age, YES.
Should this higher retirement age be "forced" on employees, NO.
Also, the "wealthy" Business Roundtable wants to raise the retirement age on Average Americans, putting more of the burden on Average Americans who have already had stagnant wages for decades, while the "wealthy" business people get higher pay and bonuses, and the Business Roundtable are against raising the taxable Social Security income level.
Poll options to reflect this would be more accurate.
Maybe have checkboxes instead of radio buttons, so that poll takers can select multiple options.
Today is another excellent example.
The question: The government's monthly jobs report, due Friday, is expected to show the economy added 155,000 jobs in June. How many jobs do you think were added?
The available answers:
- 100,000 to 135,000
- 135,000 to 155,000
- 155,000 to 175,000
- 175,000 to 200,000
There are no answers to choose if you think there were less than 100,000 or greater than 200,000 jobs added. And if you think the economy lost jobs lost, none of the answers is even close to being satisfactory.
The polls do need to be corrected. Most times they prevent anyone from voting what they truly feel as the available answers don't allow for the person to vote the way they want to vote.
You should check your facts before putting up a poll questions.
for example, today's poll re the Post Office is misleading. Junk mail isn't mostly delivered on Saturday, i't mostly delivered on Monday