Wednesday, November 14, 2007

The Bangkok Post and its Unscientific Polling

Democrats enjoy lead in Post Poll

Bangkok Post

The Democrat party and its leader Abhisit Vejjajiva enjoyed an impressive lead over other parties and leaders in the results from the first week of the Post Poll, from Nov 8 to 12.

The Democrat party pulled in 57% of the total votes through the Bangkok Post and Post Today websites, as well as other websites with links to sites of the Post Group. The People Power party (PPP) came second with 31%.

Read the rest of the rubbish here.

You have to be a really crappy newspaper to actually publish an unscientific website poll as news.

Hey, Bangkok Post, this is an important election, why not actually spend some money and hire Gallup or some other group to do a real poll?


fall said...

Normally, I would go easy on poll result, but I agree with Fonzi here. Yes, this "poll" is quite rubbish and substandard piece of journalism.

Understandable that Bangkok Post would want material to write on, but this sound more like a survey.

The sample size and variation does not quite spread.
"Of the participants, ...9% each were from the central and northeastern regions, followed by the North (8%) and South (7%).
With that, they can break down into region? I hope their sample range in thousands.

But this specific segment is really speak for itself
"...23% were not Thai citizens"
Did I miss something, when does non-Thai allow to vote?

Jotman said...

Good point Fonz.

No regular Thailand blogger I read would think to report such an unscientific poll in this way.

Your post is further evidence that it's not Thailand's English papers, but bloggers who now uphold the higher standards for journalism.

Anonymous said...

But seriously folks, is there anybody in Fonzi's forum who WILL vote for Samak Sundaravej????

Come on, don't be shy, raise your two hands and be counted!

(c) 2016 Written by Andrew Batt said...

Even the 'professional' research companies here operate well below the standards you might expect. From my own experinces and those of some of my colleagues one or two of the bigger and more reputable companies use the same people again and again for their surveys. It seems they simply cannot be bothered to go out and ask new people.
I had to laugh too when I first saw the '23% were not Thai' piece in the original story. The devalues the story (if there was any value originally) in those few words.