Consider this hypothetical poll about Obama conspiracy theories:
What is your view about President Obama’s eligibility to be president?
- I think the country is likely to be destroyed if we don’t get that usurper out of the White House!
- It is vitally important that the President be allowed to lead without idiotic conspiracy theories diverting the public debate. We must support our president!
- The election was over a year ago. This question is a waste of time.
You can imagine perhaps an email urging folks to vote in the poll, selecting option 1. You can imagine another email urging option 2. Can you imagine an email like the following:
There are millions of folks just like you and me that don’t give a rats ass about all this Obama conspiracy business. We don’t know anything about it, and we don’t care anything about it. The election was over a year ago and the next presidential election cycle is two whole years away. Why are we talking about this?
It is vitally important that you make your apathy known. We must gather a vast sleeping majority of disinterest and show the world that we could care less. I know that you will want stop whatever you are doing right at this moment and rush to vote in the Hypothetical Obama Conspiracy Poll.
Show the world that you don’t care. Vote Option 3!
The Committee to Promote Indecisiveness
Somehow I don’t think that email will “go viral.” Online polls that rely on volunteers to respond will always under report “don’t know” and “don’t care”. In fact, the results of such polls are more a measure of how well the advocates of a position get the word out about the poll than anything else.