As these always seem to cause a certain amount of controversy, there are a couple of points it's worth making.
Polls are intended as a snapshot of the opinions of our forum users. They are a really valuable tool for the editorial team, giving us an insight into what PCA forum users broadly feel about a subject. This can steer us in some very interesting directions.
Website polls are not, of course, particularly scientific, and it's impossible to include enough answers to match what everyone feels. (We've found that they don't work at all well if we post more than four or five possible responses.)
It's absolutely never our intention to 'skew results', although it's not always easy to ask a question in a neutral way.
Perhaps we should always include a 'don't know' option? What do people think?
Also, perhaps we should start a 'current poll' thread every time we change the poll?
All suggestions gratefully received. After all, the entire purpose of the exercise is to garner your opinions.
I understand where you are coming from, but wonder if there can sometimes be value in knowing just how many people (as a percentage of those inclined to respond to polls) don't car about a particular topic? Being disinterested is, after all, an opinion.
It's like any Poll, if you do not care then do not reply. If you look at the previous polls there is quite a range in terms of the number of responses signifying perhaps the relative interest in the topic.
There is no reason to assume that every poll should be of immediate interest or concern to everyone.