The left is bizarre.
A few weeks ago, Bob McCoskrie of Family First created a survey and sent it out to people on his email list.
FAMILY FIRST NZ’s role is to be a voice for families in the public domain, and to research family, marriage and pro-life issues.
We’ve put together a list of just over 25 key family issues and policies.
Will you complete the survey for us? Your opinion will shape the work of Family First NZ, so that we can better represent families in New Zealand
While Bob was not explicit on who he was targeting, it was perfectly clear that he was surveying supporters.
Yet for some reason, the left got ever-so-excited at the idea that they could skew the results and send that man a lesson! (!!)
Two problems with that:
- Bob’s already well aware that people hate him. Quite how people could think he wasn’t is beyond me.
- Bob, like pretty much every competent survey compiler before him, removed the bad faith results. I don’t imagine they were too hard to identify – by definition supporters would agree on at least one point!
Now I agree that the results lack some clout. It’s an on-line survey, and it’s clearly been manipulated by at least 1 group.
But I’m amazed at the cries of outrage and conspiracy from people who were quite open in their bad faith. Heck, they’re even calling the 2,400 response figure “suspicious” even though Bob describes it as approximate in his own email.
Update: Apparently Bob has said that he did not remove results. I’ve also had a number of people saying “I agreed with several points”. Given that, I do wonder if the actual problem is that the campaign to skew the data simply didn’t result in enough people disagreeing with enough questions to skew the results.
People have also asked what I base my comment on. Well, I did spend some time in the past sitting in lecture theatres listing to a PHD droning on about surveys.
And finally, people keep telling me that the survey was a waste of time. Believe it or not, I agree. I don’t think it discovered anything useful whatsoever – other than Family First’s supporters agree with Family First.
Update2: It perhaps would have been most useful to have a question along the lines of “do you agree generally with the work of Family First”. That could then have been used to separate out the results from people who where just filling out the survey to try and embarrass Bob.
But according to people here, that wasn’t needed anyway since those who fundamentally disagreed were not as large a part of the survey response as some seem to think.