Surveys

  • Lyrics copyright by Dennis Pearl and Lawrence Lesser
    may sing to the tune of “Old Time Rock and Roll” (Bob Seger)

    Just take those clippings off the shelf
    I’ll sit and read ‘em by myself
    Today’s surveys ain’t got the same soul
    I like that old time random poll
    Don’t try to show me a weighting scheme
    Without evidence to back it up
    In ten minutes it’s gonna blow up
    I like that old time random poll

    Still like that old time random poll
    Error margins under my control
    I reminisce about the days of old
    With that old time random poll

    Don’t wanna hear ‘em play a robo call
    I’d rather hear a voice that’s got a soul
    There's only one way to get me on board
    Start with an old time random poll
    We got response rates that are almost nil
    with old-fashioned bias that that’ll instill
    Today’s samples ain’t got the same soul
    I like that old time random poll

    Still like that old time random poll
    That live voice just soothes the soul
    Robo calls leave me feeling cold
    I want that old time random poll

    Still like that old time random poll
    Error margins under my control
    I reminisce about the days of old
    With that old time random poll

    Still like that old time random poll
    That live voice just soothes the soul
    Robo calls leave me feeling cold
    I want that old time random poll

    Hey, Still like that old time random poll
    Error margins under my control
    I reminisce about the days of old
    With that old time random poll
    Still like that old time random poll

  • Don't worry about polls, but if you do, don't admit it.

    Rosalynn Carter (1927 - )

  • I know there are some polls out there saying this man has a 32% approval rating. But guys like us, we don't pay attention to the polls. We know that polls are just a collection of statistics that reflect what people are thinking in reality. And reality has a well-known liberal bias.

    Stephen Colbert (1964 - )

  • A questionnaire is never perfect: some are simply better than others.

    William Edwards Deming (1900 - 1993)

  • The idea that the examination of a relatively small number of randomly selected individuals can furnish dependable information about the characteristics of a vast unseen universe is an idea so powerful that only familiarity makes it cease to be exciting.

    Helen Mary Walker (1891 - 1983)

  • Statistics has been the handmaid of science, and has poured a flood of light upon the dark questions of famine and pestilence, ignorance and crime, disease and death.

    James A. Garfield (1831 - 1881)

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