Monday, February 26, 2007

Reader / Moron Mail

I just received the following e-mail from someone who does not like the methodology behind the current KAR-Opinion Dynamics Insta-Poll regarding Mayor Andy's job performance:

Dear Mr. Foot:

Your current poll asks readers: "What is your opinion of Mayer Andee's performance thus far?" The choices of response are:

* Strongly approve (13%)

* Somewhat approve (0%)

* Somewhat disapprove (6%)

* Strongly disapprove (27%)

* Andy's fuzzy head turns me on (6%)

* Andy's fuzzy head does not turn me on (23%)

* Andy's fuzzy head may be fetching, but he's not nearly as attractive as LearnedFoot (25%)

In the history of slanted polls, this one really takes the cake. Here is a guy, a former BPOU chair and the winner of the popular vote for Mayor in 2006, who has completely remade his career by showing conservatives how they can step up to the plate and retake the GOP from the RINOs.

The war against the RINOs is on the front burner for the first time - thanks to Andy, who's talking about a very important subject. But you had to go and load the poll with a lot of negative answer choices just to dilute any responsive positive toward Andy's administration.

If KAR were to poll people educated on the issue of RINOs in the GOP, I guarantee you would get different answers.

Sincerely,

ANDY'S MOM, ANOKA

I am flattered that a reader would take this poll - and its results - so seriously, but I think the writer here misunderstands its purpose. This was all done for a little fun. These types of "take-all-comers" types of poll generally don't reflect the *snort* the, uh... *pfft* public, er... *chuckle*

OK. I wrote that letter. Andy's mom didn't really write me to complain about the fairness of this completely superfluous parody opinion poll about Andy's popularity (though Andy should note that his numbers are way way down at Mayor Bogus Doug levels).

On the other hand this tool was serious:

On Feb. 22, a startribune.com "instant poll" asked readers: "Should the U of M give Al Gore an honorary doctorate?" The choices of response were:

* Yes. He's done important work to save the environment (36 percent).

* No. He's a master of junk science (62 percent).

* Don't know (2 percent).


In the history of slanted polls, this one really takes the cake.

Actually, you'll note that this poll is infinitely fairer than the Mayor Andy Approval Rating Poll, in that the Stribs poll offered one positive, one negative and one neutral answer choice. The only way that Andy could get a positive approval rating, given what I know about KAR's audience, was if he cheated.

And this guy doesn't really think that the Strib's institutional opinion of Al Gore's crusade comports with this poll's result? If he does, we have a frontrunner for Moron of the Year.

Here is a guy, a former vice president and the winner of the popular vote for president in 2000, who has completely remade his career, showing the country how to step up to the plate to do something.

At the State Fair back in August, I ate 3 - THREE - deep fried Snickers Bars on a stick. That was "doing something" too.

The University of Minnesota, one of the top research institutions in the world, is interested in perhaps awarding this man an honorary doctorate. Considering all of the hundreds of people in this country who have received honorary doctorates over the years, I think Gore ranks right up there.

Did Yassir Arafat ever get an honorary degree? If he did, I imagine he kept it right next to his Nobel Peace Prize.

The environment is on the front burner for really the first time -- thanks to this man, who's talking about an extremely important subject.

And if they awarded honorary degrees for excessive hype, fear mongering and stiffling other opinions, I'd say he should have a whole wall full of them by now.

"Even though you have a PhD in climate science, your contrary opinion to this BA in Journalism (and 2-time grad school dropout) is heresy akin to the most stuborn holocaust denier!"

If the Star Tribune were to poll people educated on the issues of the environment, I guarantee you would get different answers.

Ah yes. Whenever you write on this subject, you always must close with the "I'm smart; you're all dumb" flourish of condescention.

CHRISTOPHER R. BONERCOCKS, ST. PAUL

Writing because anything -ANYTHING (including a stupid little unsampled flash poll) - that even appears to be spitting in the eye of their well-crafted message must be squashed by the true believers immediately!

(Appologies to Andy's mom.)

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