Duck Shooting Poll

To: Peter Shute <>
Subject: Duck Shooting Poll
From: Russell Woodford <>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2009 15:26:42 +1100
I'd like to see the logfile from the server that is running that poll. My guess is that Tim's 3 votes would pale into insignificance when compared to other multiple voters. I think that someone form the hunting lobby has found a way to register multiple votes, probably by a simpler method than clicking lots of times. It's a farce - but wait until it's over and the sunters start waving the figures around as "proof" that most people support duck hunting.

Russell Woodford
Birding-Aus List Owner

Geelong   Victoria   Australia

On 26/02/2009, at 2:54 PM, Peter Shute wrote:

Is there any reason to believe that only Victorians are voting? Or even Australians? Maybe someone should put a vote request on some of the international birding forums.

Peter Shute

Evan Beaver wrote on Thursday, 26 February 2009 2:03 PM:

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
by.... "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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