Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Fine print...


CNN-IBN and The Hindu are publishing results of a "State of the Nation" poll conducted by Centre for the study of developing societies. The poll is throwing up many interesting facts and will be published all along this week. A more detailed study of the poll will follow later. But for today.... couldn't help but notice something.

Yesterday's results were published in The Hindu. The topic was Rahul Gandhi (disguised in the name of who should be the Prime Minister. Don't believe me? "Opinion on Rahul as Prime Minsiter", "Rahul's trustworthy and pro-poor image", "Rahul better known than his work" - 3 out of 10 questions). Anyway, that is not what I want to talk about now.

19% of the respondents want Rahul Gandhi to become PM and he is the top scorer. Snapshot below.


Now below is a snapshot of IBN's website I took this morning.


A first look suggests that 42% of the public wants him to become PM. But the fine print "Among UPA leaders" is small font, is the key. See below.


Again, look at The Hindu's report:


That's how you report it. How come you glorify 42% and then have "Among UPA leaders tucked away?

My apologies if others were immediately able to spot "Among UPA leaders" at first sight, without the attention going to 42%, the question and Rahul's smiling picture. Only because I knew it was 19%, I searched for the fine print. Again apologies if others didn't find this glaring.

9 comments:

Vamsi said...

"Aswathama hataha kunjaraha" :)

thenewdimension said...

Yes, I had noticed that 42% earlier. Waiting for your detailed analysis.

regards,
@dibyabttb

Anonymous said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgyKpkLpccE This classic piece from *Yes Prime Minister* gives you an idea on how this poll by CNN-IBN was done!

Narainised said...

It's a fake Poll anyway, just about making some random numbers and add upto 100.

Anonymous said...

YOU BLOODY LIARS CNN IBN!! YOU THINK WE ARE FOOLS TO BELIEVE PAID POODLES LIKE YOU. GET LOST YOU SERVANTS OF RAHUL WHO IS NOT FIT TO BE EVEN A SARPANCH

Anonymous said...

If Rahul baba got 42% while competing with other UPA candidates, it means 58% of UPA supporters explicitly rejected Rahul buddhu !! LOL

Anonymous said...

If Rahul getting 42% among UPA leaders, that means there are no leaders left in UPA.

Mr Happy said...

the first thing about any survey to be noted is sample base. I saw 42% ( knew something messy has to be there) , checked the sample base and true story was there to see...

such manipulators these ppl are , an average person who doesnt have idea abut stats will easily get carried away

Anonymous said...

Better still " Rahul the only choice among Gandhis at 7RCR "IN FINEST PRINT OF-COURSE !!!

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