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October/November 2010

October/November 2010


Your Take: The Story Behind the Poll

by: Dan Wetzel
National Columnist, Yahoo! Sports
© October/November 2010

Last year, FBS coaches were “polled” about the controversial Bowl Championship Series and in the process got used as propaganda.

As everyone knows, opinion polls are a complex business. The people that run them best are experienced, highly-trained and well-paid professionals. It’s for good reason. You can garner almost any answer you want from a poll depending how the question is asked. Politicians, business and others will pay top dollar to either get manipulated or honest results. A smart pollster can deliver either at will.

In this specific case, the question assured the result. The “poll” asked whether coaches “prefer the traditional bowl system over a playoff.” Not surprisingly, a whopping 93 percent of coaches chose the bowls.

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