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November 02, 2011


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I'm surprised a polling firm would be so off in assessing the results of a poll, based on what I read here in this entry. It's a rather manini part of the poll though -- the sports teams -- that I'm talking about.

I actually personally participated in this poll -- they called me on my land line, and I answered all the questions. The sports team questions came in at the end, and surprised me. I was further surprised at the limited number of specific teams offered to assess my favorite.

Given that, you can't draw any definitive conclusions (which you did above) on which team was the "favorite":

You wrote: "Their favorite baseball team is ever so narrowly the Yankees at 16%"

But then mention that "25% say they're for another team or don't have one at all."

Given those two facts, you can't state for a fact that the Yanks are the favorite -- it's statistically possible that all 25% (or at least 17%) liked a single "other team" which would make THAT the favorite.

But given the limited polling data, you can't tell for sure.

But, as I said, it's a relatively small part of the overall polling data.

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