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Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Polling the truth.

We’ve all heard about the official polls that tell us that 80% of all smokers want to quit.

Well a week or so ago I put a simple poll in my sidebar asking visitors the simple question, “Do you want to quit smoking”.

There were only four simple answers:

YES, NO, NOT SURE, & OTHER. (I’m not sure why I included other?)

Now I really didn’t expect anything dramatic, as I suspected that as this blog is obviously pro-smoking there would be a bias to not quitting. However I was also expecting more yes votes polled, due to anti-smokers visiting and attempting to pervert the poll to some extent.

The total number who filled in the poll was only 123, but as I monitored over the days the ratio of yes’s to No’s never changed.

The Tobacco Control industry were right in the respect of 80%, but surprise, surprise the poll shows the exact opposite in opinion.

YES:               6.5%

NO:                82.11%

NOT SURE:  1.63%

OTHER:        9.76%

Obviously the Tobacco Control polls would have  couched their poll answers slightly different to mine.

“Yes I want to give up smoking to save the planet from global warming”

“No I don’t want to give up as I want to kill all the children with my passive smoke”

I’ll leave it up a while longer to see if the ratios change. Then I may start another survey on a pet hate of mine. Wind turbines.

The question asked will be on the lines of:

“Do you think that wind turbines are the best thing since sliced Birds bread”.


  1. I recall being questioned by some official or other along the lines "haven't you been able to give up smoking? Is it because you don't have enough will-power" Assumptive cow. I replied "I like smoking and have never tried to give up because I don't want to".

  2. I'm not suggesting in any way that your poll is rigged or skewed but you might enjoy this from your own "Yes Prime Minister" series. Absolutely brilliant series.

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  3. Thanks. I voted "no" of course!

  4. The result doesn't surprise me at all. I currently don't know any smoker who wants to quit. The smokers I've known in the past who wanted to quit, did. No drama. And no patches / gum either. They just, for their own reasons, decided they wanted to stop smoking, so that's what they did.

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