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X Per Cent Of The British Public.... [Mar. 19th, 2007|10:49 am]
Tony Grist
So this is how they compile those surveys that governments and corporations use and newspapers love to write about.

Roy rang me up.  I couldn't place the accent, but I'd guess at him being Chinese. The conversation covered a whole range of topics- from the British economy to donuts.

The donut bit was easy. I haven't eaten a donut in years. I told Roy so. This didn't stop him asking me a whole list of questions about donut brands. To make it more interesting for the both of us I tried to vary my inflection every time I said "no".

The toughest section was the one about smacking.  Basically I disapprove of kids being smacked. I disapprove strongly. But, then again, my opinions are nuanced. I think a chain store must have commissioned this part of the survey because we wound up contemplating an existential dilemma where two high street stores sit side by side- one with a non-smacking policy and one without- and I have to choose which to patronise. Unfortunately the third option- "But, Roy, that's just silly..." wasn't available.

And then we moved onto politics. Look, I'm financially illiterate. Ask me about the economy and I glaze over.

"Gordon Brown has been good for British business. Do you agree strongly, agree slightly, disagree slightly, disagree strongly?"

"How should I know?"

"But do you agree slightly or disagree slightly?"

"Somewhere in the middle."

He gently but firmly repeats the question.

"Alright," (Let's give the poor sod the benefit of the doubt) "I agree slightly."

So if you hear on the news that X per cent of the British public approves Gordon Brown's handling of the economy  please be aware that the interviewees weren't allowed  the option of  giving  a Gallic shrug and saying, "Pouf"!
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[User Picture]From: baritonejeff
2007-03-19 02:55 pm (UTC)

I tried to vary my inflection every time I said "no".

*chuckles*
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[User Picture]From: ibid
2007-03-19 04:37 pm (UTC)
I hate you now. I work at mori, you make my life very difficult when you don't just day 'neither agree nor disagree!'.

Undoubtedly this was an Omnibus survey where is has been commissioned by a variety of people and they meld them together so we can say people who shop at Tescos eat more doguhnuts and are more likely to smack their kids.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-03-19 05:57 pm (UTC)
"neither agree nor disagree". I was never offered that option.

I forget what organisation Roy said he was working for, but it wasn't Mori.
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[User Picture]From: ibid
2007-03-19 08:45 pm (UTC)
Ah clearly an inferior one then!
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[User Picture]From: momof2girls
2007-03-19 06:18 pm (UTC)
What an odd combination - donuts and politics! Poor old Roy - betcha he hates his job! : - )
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