Polls are a simple asking of readers, down to a potential voter, a question, or questions.
No different than any mayoral or councillor candidates going door to door to ask how they are, what they would like to see, or a candidate floating a question on Facebook to their followers in their status.
People don’t even have to ask a question – simply post a photo; and people will let you know if they like it or don’t – and if they have an opinion – that’s a poll.
Polling the general public let’s us get a wider cross section than say – a group dedicated to one mayor or another already drinking a particular Kool-Aid.
Polls, like anything else, simply allow for people to agree or disagree, but as well as share common stories and experiences.
In the case of an election poll, again, it is just to really spread the word about the election, get a test over a certain time period of voters, and spread the names of the few that are running.
This is no different than interviewing candidates to find out where they stand on issues – here we are asking the public where they stand on the candidates.
For example, we asked people how both mayor candidates did after their live talk with the Mirror at KPAC last week. Everyone and anyone was forthcoming with their opinions, while not hiding beyond keyboards, screens, or fake names online. That was a poll.
I bet we’ll ask the same question online again this week.
It is about having opinions - and the ability of disagree. Like a choice for mayor, for example. However, I understand the folly of attempting to post the idea of a choice for mayor to followers of a group titled ‘Mayor Dale Bumstead’, for example.
In addition to election coverage last week; we have a story about a father and his experience in the local ER. It certainly isn’t the same experience as the doctors in the ER, or other hospital staff, or any other parent with a sick daughter. It is one father’s perspective with a response from Northern Health.
But judging by the comments on that story - a majority of people walking into the ER have similar stories.
A poll if you will, that yields results beyond a conversation with Northern Health – and with reader comments that extend beyond classics like “this sucks” or “you’re $h#t.”
A poll we ran last week designed to gauge the average voter on a Friday afternoon about the mayors’ race in Dawson Creek - it was also run to see which candidates would share, and what any of their followers would say in reaction.
After the Mirror shared the poll on who DC will choose for mayor over the Friday drive time period– we started another poll; tracking comments.
“The Mirror is sh!t,” was a highlight from one candidate’s purported “supporter”.
“How’d we do in the poll?” was the single only comment from the challenger’s camp.
Until next time, managing editor Rob Brown
Rob Brown has managed, advised, or covered roughly 85 municipal elections, and or races since 1999.