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Filed at 9:06 am under by dcobranchi

If Dr. Phil is going to run completely meaningless unscientific polls, the least we can do is help to make sure that the results are worth exactly what he’s paying for the poll.

8 Responses to “FREEP THIS POLL”

Comment by
November 27th, 2006
at 9:58 am

He has homeschooling and unschooling as separate options, proving that he learned nothing in the course of his “research” for the show.

Comment by
Nance Confer
November 27th, 2006
at 10:01 am

Reminds me of the recent poll that asked us to grade unschooling.

They just don’t get it! 🙂


Comment by
November 27th, 2006
at 12:05 pm

Cast my lot with the unschoolers. 🙂

Comment by
November 27th, 2006
at 4:54 pm

Did you all see Dr. Phil’s Homeschool Support forum?

Comment by
November 27th, 2006
at 8:58 pm

You are not kidding when you say unscientific!

At this moment, it says that public schools have 9% of the votes.

At 689 of the 9023 votes…..

Maybe Dr Phil’s people should have been homeschooled…then they would have known that the answer is actually 7.63% But then maybe they use that “new math” they teach in public schools now!

Comment by
November 29th, 2006
at 12:47 am

I found CJ’s comment interesting, so I’ve been keeping an eye on the numbers from that poll.

Last night, “Public school” had 696 of 9456 votes, which works out to 7% (7.36%). The poll said it was 9%. They made up the difference by taking a percentage point away from both the “Private school” and the “Homeschooling” options.

This morning, “Public school” was up to 706 of the 10,782 total votes. That’s still 7% (6.55%), but the poll had it listed at 8%. This time, the “extra” point was taken from “Unschooling”.

I checked the site again just now, and “Public school” now has a whopping 748 votes, which works out to 5% (5.48%) of the 13,661 total votes. That translates to 8% in Dr. Phil math. All three “extra” points came from “Homeschooling” this time.

How… odd.

Comment by
Daryl Cobranchi
November 29th, 2006
at 4:34 am

That poll seems to include all three of Disraeli’s lies.

Maybe they’re using Diebold machines to tabulate the voting.

Votes As reported Actual

Public school 750 7% 5.4%

Private school 633 4% 4.6%

Homeschooling 10745 77% 77.9%

Unschooling 1658 12% 12.0%

Comment by
Daryl Cobranchi
November 29th, 2006
at 4:50 am

And here are the mathematical gyrations one must go through in order to generate their numbers.

1) Divide the number of votes by the the total votes recorded
2) Multiply that fraction by 100
3) Take the integer part of that number (IOW, round down)
4) Record that value for the three choices EXCEPT public schooling
5) Subtract the sum of those three values from 100
6) Record that difference as the result for public schools (so that the poll results by definition add to 100)