Latest Gallup polls are all fluff

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    I usually get about 6-8 web polls and 2 phone polls a month, as a member of the Gallup panel.... but in the past 2 to 3 months... the polls have not had anything of substance, but have been on pure fluff...

    Take for example the poll I received this morning...
    "ONLINE NETWORKING AND GREETING CARDS SURVEY"

    How often do you visit social networking sites like facebook.com or myspace.com?
    Daily Weekly Monthly Less often Never


    How often do you visit professional networking sites like linkedin.com or spoke.com?
    Daily Weekly Monthly Less often Never


    How often do you visit dating sites like eharmony.com or match.com?
    Daily Weekly Monthly Less often Never


    And it just goes from there
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    Not even the normal question at the beginning of the surveys of whether you approve of the job the president is doing, the job congress is doing, etc

    But over the past 4-5 years I have been surveyed by Gallup, it has not been this fluffy... I wonder why the sudden change?
     
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    And the latest "thank you" email with blurbs about recent polls...

    Thank you for recently taking part in a Gallup Panel survey.

    Because you were willing to share your thoughts and opinions with us, we thought you
    might enjoy reading about some recent findings from Gallup Panel surveys.

    --No doubt driven in part by the ongoing economic recession in the United States, a
    majority of panel members say job creation is the biggest problem facing the country
    right now.

    Particularly, when asked to choose one of six specific answers, 63% of respondents
    say job creation is the biggest problem facing the United States at this time. No
    other response is close, including panelists' mentions of healthcare and security
    (12% each), energy (6%), education (5%), and the environment (2%).

    --Gallup recently asked panelists to share the names of up to three of their
    favorite cable, satellite, or network television channels they watch for any type of
    news, entertainment, or information. Then, Gallup asked those who listed at least
    one channel to rate how closely they pay attention to commercials when they watch
    those channels.

    Using a scale numbered from one to five, where 1 equals "not close at all" and 5
    equals "extremely close," just 3% of respondents say they pay extremely close
    attention to the commercials. About one-third of panelists (31%) say the amount of
    attention they pay to commercials is "not close at all."

    --About half of panelists say they are "somewhat overweight" according to a recent
    Gallup Panel survey. When given five answers with which to best describe their
    current personal weight situation, the greatest percentage of panelists (51%) give
    this response. Additionally, 31% say their weight is "about right," while about 1 in
    7 panelists say they are "very overweight" (14%). Just about 4% of respondents say
    they are "somewhat underweight," while less than 1% say they are "very underweight."

    For the latest Gallup Panel updates and content, go to the Gallup Panel Members Web
    site: https://panelmembers.gallup.com

    Thank you,
    The Gallup Panel Team


    Funny thing is I never received the poll about the "biggest problem facing the country"
     
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    Like any other pollster, Gallup gets paid to conduct these surveys. I used to get the web surveys, but opted out because of what you describe. I got sick of 20 pages to rate a specific type of vehicle, for example. Gallup was hot during the campaign, but not so much now. Same with Zogby.
     
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    In their initial questionnaire where you volunteer to be surveyed, wasn't there several pages to indicate your interests? Maybe you didn't check that box.
     
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    No.. I have had most every political type question for years... just in the last 6-8 months it has really changed that I am not getting them
     

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