The statistics given based on a survey or poll often give inaccurate results because they are based on the false assumption that all the people are completely honest and that they even participated in the survey to begin with.
For example, if a survey asks about the relevance of surveys, chances are that 100 percent of the people who took the survey will say that surveys are relevant. It is biased because those who don’t care about surveys will not be answering questions about whether or not surveys matter.
For me personally, since I do not think that popular opinion should influence what I think of something, I don’t even pay much attention to results of surveys. This does not mean that I would refuse to participate in a survey if it was about something I consider relevant. I know that other people do take popular opinion seriously. This is what democracy is. I disagree with the philosophy of majority rule, but I need to remember that other people think.
The best way to let the world know what I think of something is to write about it myself. I see this as more educational than a simple answer of “yes”, “no”, “don’t know”, or “don’t care”.
I cannot assume that survey results match the opinions of the people that I know personally. I care more about what my co-workers think than I do what a king, pope, president, or celebrity thinks.