Originally posted by BrokenCircles
reply to post by EarthCitizen07
How can 1,500 out of millions be an accurate poll sample?
That's why it is called 'A Sample'.
1: a representative part or a single item from a larger whole or group especially when presented for inspection or shown as evidence of quality: [A
2: a finite part of a statistical population whose properties are studied to gain information about the whole
Is it an accurate sample? I don't know. Probably is though.
Is it accurate for the still yet to come definitive conclusive results? Nope.
Why not? because it is just a sample.
edit on 10/14/12 by BrokenCircles because: (no reason given)
Um, no -- it's impossible to be an accurate sample.
1,500 can never be representative of 311 million.
Do you see why yet?
Also, where you gather the sample matters. When talking about something that is as variable as political alignment, you need a much bigger sample
rate than 0.0001%.
1% of 300 million is 3 million.
1,500 is not even 1% of a million. 10,000 would be 1% of a million.
If you want to have an accurate sample, you'd have to at least have a sample of about 30%.
In conclusion, these samples are propaganda. They'd like you to believe that since they are the experts that they must be giving you accurate data.
It couldn't be anymore phony baloney.
And to prove it works, You even said "Is it accurate, Dunno but it probably is."
It's not even CLOSE.
If what you are testing is NOT variable, or has a very small variable range, small samples provide an incredible amount of evidence.
When what you are testing is extremely variable, a sample size of even 1% is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay to low to get any kind of useful data.
That's just the way it is.
edit on 14-10-2012 by Laykilla because: (no reason given)