biased poll’s and survey’s give biased results.

Letter sent to Daily Express (7/4/15)
Original:

Too much reliance is placed on surveys and polls, especially those, which have a mission.
 For example there is a report, in today’s Express, that half of men do not contribute time or money to charities.
If this factoid is derived from  an on-line survey, then one has to consider how such surveys always demand an email address and a telephone number.
Charities have multiplied from the days when the only lapel badge, sold, was a poppy.
Just the number of cancer related charities shows how crowded this Industry is.
That it is an industry is demonstrated by how responding to such a survey is quickly followed up by spam and irritating cold-calls.
People may be slow but they’ve learned their lesson. “do not admit that you donate to any charities”, unless you wish to be pestered beyond reason.

Published:
Charity industry’s in huge danger of losing goodwill
TOO much reliance is placed on surveys and polls, especially those, which don’t tell the whole story (“Half of men do nothing for charity”, April 7).
Many of these “facts” are derived from online surveys and one has to realise why many demand an email address and a telephone number.
Charities have multiplied from the days when the only lapel badge sold was a poppy.
That it is an industry is shown by how responding to some surveys is followed up by spam and irritating cold calls based on your answers.
People may be slow but they’ve learned their lesson. Do not admit that you donate to any charities unless you wish to be pestered beyond reason.

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