A survey into the results of a wide range of surveys has concluded that the majority of them are flawed. The survey, commissioned by the Questionnaire Hater Society (QHS), found that almost every survey simply produces the desired outcome for whoever commissioned the survey. This was the expected result, according to the QHS.
The QHS are also calling for a ban on the use of surveys to derive meaningless numerical data. Gordon Chapman of the QHS explained, “We found that, of the surveys we looked at with sample sizes of between 600 and 6500, over 74% were used purely for generating statistics of no practical use at all.”
The Survey Commissioning Commission (SCC) disagrees with the QHS findings however. Mr Frank Hedges of the SCC believes that many surveys provide not only invaluable market research information but also highly trustworthy lifestyle advice. “For example, I have increased my consumption of red meat and suet after reading about a survey commissioned by the Steak and Kidney Pudding Society,” explained Mr Hedges. “Apparently it can increase my chances of winning the lottery by up to 63%.”
Hat-tip to Silver for the idea