MadMariner.com conducted an interesting poll which highlights the roll of boating for women. Boating has traditionally been looked on as primarily a sport for men, although we know that there are plenty of female enthusiasts also. This poll shows that things haven’t changed a whole lot in some areas.
For example, a sampling of couples were asked if the boat belongs to them or their spouse. More than 90% of the men responded that the boat belonged to them. Only about 40% of women responded that the boat belongs to them. Wait a minute! Add those together and you get 130%! Apparently a significant number of couples haven’t decided to whom the boat belongs! Maybe both?
One interesting question about who does what chores on the boat found that work on board is fairly evenly split, which seems fair. 60% of both sexes said they were the primary driver. Again, 120%?
The poll found that men primarily want to be at the helm while women want to be on the sun deck. Who controls the marine stereo or waterproof media player on board? Perhaps we will have to wait for another poll for the answer to that question!
Lastly, was a question about who are the better boat drivers, men or women? That seems like a loaded question worthy of debate. Check out the poll results and the video above for the full story!
Most people recognize a poll as a sample of how people in the population at large think about a certain issue, but is there more to it than that? Often, seeing a poll may very well change our opinion on a subject. For example, if you see a poll that suggests a large majority supports the minimum wage, that may influence you to have a favorable opinion on the matter. We think to ourselves, well, if most people are in favor of it then I should probably be in favor also.
Politicians and political activists are not ignorant to this affect and they seek to use it to their advantage. Poll questions can be asked in manipulative ways in order to extract the desired result and the data can be represented however the pollster chooses. When people see the results their opinions are influenced in the direction the pollster hopes it will go.
A poll can also be affected by how it is conducted and who is polled. For example, if you want to show that one candidate is doing better in a political race than another you might actually poll more people who are members of that particular candidate’s party in order to skew the results the way you want.
How do public opinion polls work? You might think that pollsters simply call and contact as many people as possible to find out what they think about a particular issue, but that is not the case at all. When conducting a poll, the polling company selects a small random sample of the population it is attempting to poll. An effort is made to contact as varied a sample as possible in order to best represent the entire population. Naturally, the larger the sample, the more accurate the poll tends to be because it is more representative of the population at large.
In this video they liken the process to a pot of soup. The cook only needs to sample a spoon full in order to tell if the whole pot tastes good. This is somewhat of an over simplification in our opinion. Polling can be very complex. For example, if you only call participants in your poll during the noon hour of the day on weekdays, you are apt to reach mostly housewives or shut ins. Pollsters must be careful to select a truly random sample and that has a great impact on the quality of the poll.