As I read it, the poll simply asks which console we think will be the most successful next year. I said Xbox (and I'm probably wrong) based on what I've read, which isn't a great deal. I see no reason for taking the poll too seriously, and there's no obligation to vote. The results may simply be of interest to others.
Why don't you look at this from another point of view?
Let's assume that what we're after are the views of people who DO care about such things. They are the people who (presumably) will respond to the options. Someone who doesn't care simply won't take part - what would be the point? Adding an option for "who cares?" would just be silly, and if you think about it for a moment you'll realise that.
As for "a professional polling organisation should be employed" we've crossed this bridge so many times in the past that I'm surprised anyone still hasn't understood. We're not running a 'professional' opinion poll - that would involve considerable expense and couldn't possibly be done online - it never can be, and none of the many thousands of sites which run similar polls to ours would ever claim that the results are a definitive and totally accurate reflection of public opinion. A professional polling organisation could not run such a poll on this, or any other public access site...ever.
Is that the answer you could "predict perfectly"?
As for some readers treating findings as gospel....surely most intelligent people can read? We always explain that the findings are the results of a forum poll, and they are. We're not talking about the future of the human race here - this is an online computer forum, and we simply want a snapshot of the way people react to options; try to understand that. Microsoft and Sony aren't going to base their production schedules on the results of our poll.