Poll on whether Red Wings arena will create jobs finds that journalists are addicted to stupid polls

Let’s talk about polls. Polls can be very useful things when you want to know what people want, whether it’s who they want to vote for in the next election, or what policies they want to pursue, or whether they hate where they live. They are not so useful when you’re asking about statements of fact: Trying to determine whether the Higgs boson exists by polling people on the street, I think we can all agree, would be pretty pointless.

This, then, is a very, very bad poll:

Poll: Are job projections for new Detroit Red Wings arena development accurate?

Right now “no” is handily beating “yes,” with “I have no idea” a close third. Sadly, there’s no option for “Wait, you’re asking me?”


One comment on “Poll on whether Red Wings arena will create jobs finds that journalists are addicted to stupid polls

  1. Not exactly sure where to post this, but I found an article in the Detroit News about Chris Ilitch (son of Mike Ilitch and president of the family business) defending his tax subsidy for the new stadium (see link below). Thought you might be interested.

    http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140721/BIZ/307210072/0/SPORTS0103/Chris-Ilitch-defends-use-tax-subsidies-650M-entertainment-district

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