Friday, January 20, 2006

Always Keep Your Eyes on the Poll

This just in. You'll see be hearing more lies, damn lies and statistics from yet another poll. Lifetime is considering the "Lifetime Women's Pulse Poll."

I find the whole thing really quite funny since this poll marks another round in the long-standing rivalry between Oxygen and Lifetime.

Don't see the connection? At first I didn't see it either, but then I read that the Markle Foundation invested $3.5 million with Oxygen Media way back in July 1999 to develop the Oxygen/Markle Pulse poll. Eerie similarities. The original pulse poll measured attitudes toward women and women's issues, and, among many results, found that:
  • 2000 Apr: Most Americans (72% of women and 63% of men) think it is important for men to take more than 2 weeks off after the birth or adoption of a child.
  • 2001 Mar: 56% of women agree with the statement that seeing successful female athletes makes them feel proud to be a woman.

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