Yes, there is something strange about this poll - currently 7500 people
have voted on what would normally be a fairly innocuous topic, with few
people seriously interested. This is easily the most popular poll The
Age has ever run. For example a recent poll on "Oil crisis : Are hybrid
cars too expensive?" only attracted 1064 votes.
My feeling is that yes, there are a few interested parties running the
up the numbers - either naturally or mischievously. (I, for one, have
voted 3 times - on three machines - against a duck hunting season, which
sort nullifies the poll anyway.) I wonder if the duck hunting lobby has
sent out a communication (like the to one to birding-aus). I suppose, if
so, so be it.
On Behalf Of Evan Beaver
Sent: Thursday, 26 February 2009 2:03 PM
To: Peter Shute
Subject: Duck Shooting Poll
I find it incredible that 4000 people would be prepared to vote FOR
duck hunting. Come on Victoria, you'll have to control your citizens
better in future.
On 26/02/2009, Peter Shute <> wrote:
> The count is now over 7400, and the percentages have hardly moved,
with the pro duck hunting vote still ahead. Obviously a lot more people
feel strongly enough about this issue to vote than previous ones, but
it's interesting that neither side can make headway. I assume there's
no easy way to vote twice.
> We can say that these polls are meaningless, but I can't imagine a
politician ignoring 7000 votes.
> Peter Shute
> wrote on Wednesday, 25 February 2009
> > With a further 300 votes from when Peter checked the vote is
> > still 58% in favour.
> > However, as a friend pointed out to me, voting could be clouded
> > "The thing is, it's not asking whether you're in favour of
> > duck hunting, but whether you're in favour of a duck hunting
> > SEASON, i.e., some people might think the question is asking
> > whether, if there is duck hunting, it should be limited to
> > only part of the year (so this is my position: there should
> > be no duck hunting, but if there is duck hunting, yes, it
> > should be limited to a season). It's a badly thought out
> > question, but I trust the results of the poll aren't going to
> > influence policy."
> > Wendy Moore