Welcome to issue #135 of The Process, the newsletter for FlowingData members where we look at how the charts get made. I’m Nathan Yau, and this week I’m remixing a graphic, because sometimes I just want to open my illustration software and click and drag things until the data seems readable.
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A Yahoo News/YouGov poll recently showed this:
Only 40% of American adults are like, “No way. This is false.” But then there are 32% who are like, “Well… maybe? I don’t know.” Then there are over a quarter who are like, “Yeah, he’s trying to track us.”
Really? Please tell me there is some study that shows internet-based polls are crazy. My brain is having trouble processing these results.
Tags: Bill Gates, coronavirus, vaccine, Yahoo, YouGov
In survey data, there is usually an open-ended category for “not applicable” or “don’t know”. For Wired, Amit Katwala noticed an interesting subset of YouGov respondents who “didn’t know” things they should probably know:
But the thing that caught my eye when I came across the results on Twitter, and which quickly became an obsession, was the fourth option. Three per cent of Brits ‘don’t know’ whether they’ve tried surfing before. I was simultaneously baffled and enthralled.
Scrolling through the results of similar polls over subsequent days, weeks and months, I found a country that is deeply confused on a lot of seemingly straightforward issues. Two per cent of Brits don’t know whether they’ve lived in London before. Five per cent don’t know whether they’ve been attacked by a seagull or not. A staggering one in 20 residents of this fine isle don’t know whether or not they pick their nose.
Tags: missing data, YouGov
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