Duck Shooting Poll

To: "Evan Beaver" <>, "Peter Shute" <>, "birding-aus" <>
Subject: Duck Shooting Poll
From: "Tim Dolby" <>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2009 14:16:03 +1100
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.



-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Evan Beaver
Sent: Thursday, 26 February 2009 2:03 PM
To: Peter Shute
Cc: birding-aus
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
1:02 PM:
> > 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
> >

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