This week’s RBJ Daily Report Snap Poll on the Central Library’s Internet policy drew an unusually large and sharply divided response. Among the nearly 300 comments submitted, from a pool of more than 1,000 respondents, was this one:
“I hope this poll isn’t used to indicate true public opinion. I’ve already voted twice, and I’m sure others who feel opposite will do the same.”
In fact, as noted in a column that appeared on this page a week ago, we have the ability to identify and filter out “ballot stuffing” caused when a Daily Report reader forwards the survey link to a group of non-readers. The same software tool enables us to exclude multiple responses from a single Daily Report reader.
Several individuals or groups tried to influence the outcome of this week’s poll in this manner. The poll responses caused by forwarded survey links have been identified and removed from the final results. And we’d like to thank the vast majority of Snap Poll participants who do not attempt to skew the tallies.
-Paul Ericson, editor
4/20/2007 (C) Rochester Business Journal