Golf cart survey may have been manipulated

It’s unfortunate your survey can be so easily manipulated and you continue to run them

When The NEWS began the power golf cart survey, the daily results were consistently on the order of about 75 per cent opposed and 25 per cent in favour.

However, when the survey results were printed in last Tuesday’s edition (Aug. 23), the results read 53 per cent in favour and 47 per cent opposed. Certainly a very curious turnaround.

I realize the paper prints all the necessary disclaimers to these surveys to the extent one wonders why bother.

Several years ago, this unscientific survey caused a candidate for public office considerable embarrassment because an effort was made to skew the survey results by urging followers to enter the survey multiple times.

Your colleagues were unable to explain the rather sudden turn in the power cart survey results. Without benefit of some logical explanation, I suspect your survey was, once again, played by an interested party.

It’s unfortunate your survey can be so easily manipulated. Knowing this has and can happen, it is also unfortunate your paper continues to run these surveys and covers the faults with a disclaimer.

Lance NaterQualicum Beach

Just Posted

Three-for-one at Parksville studio for tour

Local artists participating in Central Island Studio Tour May 26-27

Pole dancers bring disco theme for second Errington hall event

Island Talent Pole Fitness show to include national champs on June 2

Qualicum Beach east village plans take shape

Staff moving forward with east village concept

Annual pickleball tournament fills up quickly

Two-day event to take place indoors at Oceanside Place May 24-25

Lighthouse Country bus tour to focus on area’s tourism destinations

Business assocation wants more tourists to come to the area

VIDEO: Sharks’ jaws too sharp for Whalers

First junior B lacrosse team delights local fans with 13-3 win

Man dead after crashing vehicle into hydro pole and tree in Gibsons

Dog also hurt in collision, which happened Wednesday morning

Study recommends jurors receive more financial and psychological support

Federal justice committee calls for 11 policy changes to mitigate juror stress

Research needed on impact of microplastics on B.C. shellfish industry: study

SFU’s department of biological sciences recommends deeper look into shellfish ingesting microbeads

B.C. dad pens letter urging overhaul of youth health laws after son’s fatal overdose

The Infants Act currently states children under 19 years old may consent to medical treatment on own

Singh sides with B.C. in hornet’s nest of pipeline politics for the NDP

Singh had called for a more thorough environmental review process on the proposal

VIDEO: B.C. woman gets up-close view of Royal wedding

Kelly Samra won a trip back to her home country to see Prince Harry and Meghan Markle say ‘I do’

Construction crane tips over at Nanaimo work site

Incident happened Wednesday morning at Turner Road and Uplands Drive

30 C in B.C., 30 cm of snow expected for eastern Canada

It might be hot in B.C., but the rest of Canada still dealing with cold

Most Read