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Reality check request

A steering committee for a weekly event polled the membership asking whether it should make a policy change about who can attend the event. This was the result of the poll:

No, I do not want to change the policy - 30%
Yes, I would like to change the policy - 41%
Yes, I would like to change the policy, but only for one meeting a month - 18%
Yes, I would like to change the policy, but retain the current policy once a month - 27%

These poll results were described as "The community was fairly evenly split about this idea" and the decision of the committee was "For the time being we will not be making changes."

These figures add up to more than 100%, so it's hard to gauge, but it seems to me that the membership is not in fact "fairly evenly split" at all. What I see is that at least 70% of the votes are in favor of changing the policy.

However, I'm strongly in favor of changing the policy, so I am biased. What do you think?

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Aug. 29th, 2016 03:21 am (UTC)
Looks to me like roughly 3/4 of the membership wants the policy changed. If this is an "even division", I think I'd like to divide their salaries with them. I'll take the big half, thanks.
Aug. 29th, 2016 06:11 pm (UTC)
Aug. 29th, 2016 10:28 am (UTC)
I think by the looks of it, the poll demonstrates that about 3/4 of the respondents would like some form of change to the event.

However, I think the poll wasn't entirely well-written. Not just because of the fact that the percentages don't add up to 100, but also because the final two options seem to be part of a subset of "yes - policy change." These are my two cents and I also strongly support the change in question.
Aug. 29th, 2016 06:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your input! I agree it wasn't well written.
Aug. 29th, 2016 11:52 pm (UTC)
If you look at it as "roughly 75% of the people want to change the policy", there's that obvious majority, at least for some kind of change.

If you look at it, overlaps notwithstanding, as "48% of the people want between zero and 1 week's worth of policy change" and "68% of the people want between 3 & 4 week's worth of policy change, or complete policy change", there's still a majority. It's a less obvious one, but OTOH the 68% (ish) want most or all of the time spent with the thing changed?

In any case, *nothing* here seems to translate to "don't change the policy"!
Aug. 30th, 2016 06:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the reality check!
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