Because I'm an industry leader (that's what they tell me, anyway), I occasionally get surveyed on my opinions on various IT related goings-on. This morning I was invited to take part in a survey concerning your views on data protection. One of the questions was
How do you feel about the introduction of national ID cards?
- It's a good idea
- I have no problem with it, I've got nothing to hide
- I don't like the idea of the government having yet more of my data on file
- I don't know
Two positive options, one negative with a very particular position, and I don't know. What if I think it's a bad idea for all other kinds of reasons? What do I choose? Has, I wonder, this survey been designed to elict a particular response.
I recently read the splendid How To Lie With Statistics and Innumeracy, both of which dissect the lazy and/or misleading ways figures are used by society at large, with a particular emphasis on news reporting and advertising. They've made me even more suspicious of polling data that I already was, and this question has agenda written all over it.
Confession: I deliberately indulged in a distorting graph earlier this week.