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Why Etihad Stadium Named Some Stands After Colin Bell
In November 2003, Manchester City confirmed that they would, after all, be naming one of the stands at their new stadium after legendary midfielder Colin Bell. The naming of the main stand sparked an embarrassing public row after a poll on Manchester City's official website was alleged to have been hijacked by rival fans. City back-room staff feared that rival fans had voted for Bell ahead of former manager Joe Mercer so that they could dub the stand "the Bell End" - British slang for the tip of the penis. "This is a tremendous honor that has been bestowed on me," Bell declared. "I can't thank City fans enough for their continued magnificent support."
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How Donald Trump's Draconian Immigration Policy Backfired
Donald Trump's attempts to slow the pace of immigration, according to The Atlantic's Yoni Appelbaum, "backfired spectacularly," turning public opinion against his policy. "Before Trump announced his presidential bid, in 2015," Appelbaum reported in December 2019, "less than a quarter of Americans thought legal immigration should be increased; today, more than a third feel that way. Whatever the merits of Trump's particular immigration proposals, he has made them less likely to be enacted." ["For a populist," Appelbaum adds, "Trump is remarkably unpopular. But no one should take comfort from that fact. The more he radicalizes his opponents against his agenda, the more he gives his own supporters to fear. The excesses of the left bind his supporters more tightly to ...
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John McCain: Bushwhacked
By all rights, Senator John McCain should have won the Republican presidential nomination in 2000. After McCain surged in the New Hampshire primary, however, something unseemly took place: "What happened has taken on the air of an unsolved crime, a cold case, with Karl Rove [George W. Bush's chief political advisor and a master of negative campaigning] being the prime suspect. Bush loyalists, maybe working for the campaign, maybe just representing its interests, claimed in parking-lot handouts and telephone 'push polls' and whisper campaigns that McCain's wife, Cindy, was a drug addict, that McCain might be mentally unstable from his captivity in Vietnam, and that the senator had fathered a black child with a prostitute. Callers push-polled members of a ...
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George W. Bush - sexiness rating
As part of a wide-ranging sex survey in 2005, Esquire magazine asked women to rate the sexiness of President George W. Bush on a scale from 1 to 10. The result? American women rated Bush a pathetic 2.1. Toby Young—Little Lord Fauntleroyembarrassment,mockery,nobility,offices,sarcasm,funnyToby Young, How to Lose Friends & Alienate People, p. 122Toby Young: "When I'd applied for an Amex card [while working as a contributing editor at Vanity Fair magazine] I'd given 350 Madison Avenue as my address... It wasn't long before Matt Tyrnauer intercepted [a monthly statement] and demanded to know why it was in the name of 'Hon Toby Young.' When I told him it was because my father was a Lord he was flabbergasted—he had me down ...
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When America's Top Economists Were Asked: Is This A Bubble?
Each year, The Economist's economics editor conducts an informal poll of a select group of America's top economists, who meet for drinks after dinner at an annual symposium of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  "At the peak of the stock market boom," the newspaper reported in 2004, "they were asked: 'Is this a bubble?' 'No,' they confidently voted. In 2001 they ruled out an American recession and last year they predicted that interest rates would not fall to 1%. In short, they provide an excellent contrarian indicator." 
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Dave Barry: Chomper
In January 2002, British psychologist Richard Wiseman, having launched an internet campaign to identify the world's funniest joke, was astonished to find his website (LaughLab) flooded with several thousand jokes from America, all featuring the same curious punch line. He soon discovered the cause... Famed humorist Dave Barry had, apparently, written a piece in his popular syndicated column examining Wiseman's interim report, which noted, as Barry put it, that "women don't like jokes that involve aggression, sexuality, or offensiveness—also known as 'the three building blocks of humor.'" To improve the overall "quality" of Wiseman's jokes, Barry urged his readers to submit to LaughLab items with a punch line incorporating aggression, sexuality, and offensiveness. The punch line in question? "There's a ...
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George Gallup & the Telephone Poll
Like many polls conducted before the presidential election of 1948, George Gallup's incorrectly predicted a Thomas Dewey victory. (Because they canvased opinion by telephone, a costly amenity in the late 1940s, early polls suffered from adverse selection.) Shortly after the announcement of Harry Truman's upset, George Gallup was stopped by a police officer for driving down a one-way street in the wrong direction. Reading the name on Gallup's license, the officer smiled with recognition and issued his judgement: "Wrong again!" [Truman's victory was such a surprise that the Chicago Tribune, having printed a premature "DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN" headline, was forced to race back to the presses.]
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John Edwards: John Who?
Though touted as a candidate for the party's nomination in the 2004 presidential election, Democrats, intent above all on beating George W. Bush, fretted about John Edwards's lack of political experience. Edwards had held elective office for only six years. Moreover, his name recognition was so low in one poll—one percent, half that of Democratic gadfly Al Sharpton's—that he himself joked that, given the poll's margin of error, it was possible that a negative number of Americans knew who he was! [Edwards won a handful of supporters (and heaps of laughter) when he issued a press release announcing his endorsement by... Hootie and the Blowfish.] [After a hurricane hit North Carolina one year, John Edwards rented a U-Haul, filled it ...
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Britney Spears - Hot Or Not?
In 2000, a practical joker submitted a picture of Britney Spears to hotornot.com, where strangers could rate one another on a scale from 1 to 10. Britney's score before the picture was removed? 6.9. 
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A College Poll On The Next Bill Gates
Percentage of American college students polled in 2002 who believed that the "next Bill Gates" was currently a college student? 50. Percentage who believed they were the next Bill Gates? 24.