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    Improving Polling Question - Brief Guidelines

    A few simple guidelines on how to write a poll question.

    Asking the question is not as simple as one might think, so try and keep it simple by limiting the question or statement to one sentence. For example:

    For the majority of concealed carry holders a revolver is a better choice of firearm than a semi-automatic.

    Now for the response categories...they should cover all possible choices...this usually requires more than two choices. For example a "yes" or "no" to the above statement (question) doesn't do that. Why? Some people may not know or have no opinion about the subject. To cover that possibility, let us add a third response category:

    1. Yes
    2. No
    3. Not Sure or I Don't Know


    Different wording for a slightly different question (but on the same subject):

    Which is a better choice for concealed carry holders, a revolver or a semi-automatic?

    1. Revolver
    2. Semi-Automatic
    3. It doesn't matter both are equally as good
    4. Not Sure or I Don't Know

    Clearly, if one were doing a serious study there would be a lot more questions related to experience level of the shooter but for forum purposes covering just these brief hints on doing a poll will help make the poll a little more informative and useful.

    For those have a listing of items - for example, caliber selection - and one doesn't want to list all possible choices a residual category like "Other" catches all the other possible responses. The residual category should be used after your listing most likely has covered the main bases. For example:

    Which caliber do you most frequently use when you are carrying concealed?

    A. 9MM
    B. .40
    C. .45
    D. .357
    E. .38
    F. .380
    G. Other
    H. I rotate among calibers, so its hard to say which I use most frequently

    People who select H make life difficult for pollsters.

    Hope this helps improve our polls.
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    Good post. Any chance the mods or admins could make it a sticky?
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    Thanks Pollard1911, I don't know. Maybe they will consider it.
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    Agree. STICK it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scalpel View Post
    Agree. STICK it
    Thanks Scalpel.
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    I agree, it should be a sticky.
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    Good guidelines - also think it should be a Sticky.
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    Very good idea..I will grade you an A++..
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    What was the question?
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    Well, I guess this proves it...you are the smartest guys in the forum!

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    Everyone has a plan till they get punched in the mouth...Mike Tyson

    On different calibers for self-defense: If you can hit what you aim at it doesn't matter...if you can't it doesn't matter. So, it doesn't matter...aphdmansoc




 

 
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