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Have Your Say About Your Country!

I just walked past the television, and some old guy was saying, "Polls clearly show that Australians trust John Howard in the matter of National Security."

Now, you hear that kind of stuff all the time. Polls have been run and polls say. Except, I've never been polled about how the country is going. Neither have I ever met someone who has been polled about this. As far as I know, every one of my friends is existing outside this poll demographic that sits around, and assures everyone that John Howard is doing a bang up job, yes sir.

Well, enough of that. I have created my own poll about Australian Nation Security. You should take part. You should have your friends take part. It's a totally unbiased and even handed poll, as only I could make, and let me tell you, it will tell us what's right and wrong with this country.

Poll #720277 Do You Trust John Howard (Indeed, the Entire Ruling Coalition) In the Matter of National Security

Do You Trust John Howard (Indeed, the Entire Ruling Coalition) In the Matter of National Security

Yes. Those Fucking Towel Heads Are A Threat (And I'm an Idiot)
0(0.0%)
No. I Would Also Like To Complain, Unrelated to This, That I Just Paid A Dollar Thirty For Petrol. The Government Is Rumoured To Be Making Fifty Centres A Litre In Tax Off This. Now Food In Supermarkets Is Going Up Due To This. Please Help Me.
1(2.9%)
No. I Thought We Were Invading A Country Because George Bush Sucked Off John Howard. By the Way, Isn't That Cause for Impeachment In the States?
8(23.5%)
Yes. I Trust George Bush Fully. Who Is This John Howard You Talk Of?
0(0.0%)
No. And, I Would Like To Add That I Have Never Heard From My Local Politician, And Never Seen John Howard in Person.
2(5.9%)
Maybe. I Feel As Safe As I Did Before Invading Iraq. But If We Didn't Invade Iraq, Would I Feel Safe Still? (Have You Seen My Home Loan Documents?)
1(2.9%)
No. But What Does It Matter? Our Democracy Is A Joke.
5(14.7%)
Yes. I Am Afraid to Leave the House at All Times. My Friends Tell Me I Should See a Doctor. Or They Would, If I Had Friends. Instead, I Have Recorded Messages of John Howard Panting. I Get Warm and Fuzzy When I Hear Them.
0(0.0%)
I Am Not Australian And I Do Not Know Who John Howard Is. I Wasn't Aware Australia Was Under Threat, As I Thought You Were All Simply My Holiday Destination.
0(0.0%)
I Am Not Australian And I Have Forgotten What It Means to Feel Safe.
3(8.8%)

Comments

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ashamel
May. 1st, 2006 07:24 am (UTC)
For what it's worth, I've answered political one or two surveys in my time, although not for a while.
benpeek
May. 1st, 2006 07:33 am (UTC)
well, at least now i've met a person who has been polled ;)
frogworth
May. 1st, 2006 07:58 am (UTC)
Why can I choose more than one answer? I could, I dunno... rort the system! *heh*
benpeek
May. 1st, 2006 11:01 am (UTC)
no, my perfect, fair, and equal system... ruined...

:)
ex_chrisbil
May. 1st, 2006 08:56 am (UTC)
I'm quite curious about politics in Australia... I was there during your last election and actually liked it, in comparison to here (the UK) and America at least. It seemed much more bullshit free, or at least when there was positioning against each other, it was more transparent and almost had a touch of humour.

It was all very Australian! (I love your country)

Oh, and I wish we were all forced to vote here, and had BBQs after!
benpeek
May. 1st, 2006 11:04 am (UTC)
the politics over here are actually pretty bullshit loaded for the national elections. state elections are a bit more laid back, but i'd hardly call them transparent or even humouress. but of course, i don't like the mandatory voting, and don't vote, so i'm probably on the fringe in regards to local politics.

i've never been to a bbq after an election, you know.
ex_chrisbil
May. 1st, 2006 11:11 am (UTC)
Haha. Seriously? I have, and I've only been there for one! (Mind you, I was in Perth during the election... we had a bbq most nights where I was staying...)
benpeek
May. 1st, 2006 11:15 am (UTC)
yeah. i think the last bbq i went to must have been... fuck, five, six years ago? i think we had it as a joke. no, wait, one of my friends had a bbq a few new years back.
ex_chrisbil
May. 1st, 2006 11:20 am (UTC)
Incidentally, have you seen the news in the UK this morning? Karen Traviss is having an eerily similar conversation over at her blog! (where I have also linked back here - crossover baby yeh!)
benpeek
May. 1st, 2006 11:39 am (UTC)
weird.

it's funny that charlie brings up donkey voting cause i was just thinking about that. the problem with it, however, is that no one takes the donkey vote as a register of protest, but rather that you're incompotent or just lazy.
ex_chrisbil
May. 1st, 2006 11:43 am (UTC)
Every time I see a comment on a blog by that guy I remember I should buy his book. It's getting great reviews, you read it?
benpeek
May. 1st, 2006 11:49 am (UTC)
which one?

a lot of what he writes just isn't my kinda thing, so i'm not up on it. i tried a bit of ACCELERANDO, since he had a downloadable version of it, but it was too much geek for me. that said, however, i did the same thing with THE ATROCITY ARCHIVES (try before buy), bought it, and enjoyed the shit out of it. cthulu james bond spy novel--what's not to like? and it feels like he's having a good time with it, and it shows. there's a sequel called THE JENNIFER MORGUE coming out sometime this year, which i'll be up for.
ex_chrisbil
May. 1st, 2006 11:56 am (UTC)
I believe Singularity Sky is the one I hear a lot about and see often. It seduces me with it's pretty cover, thus encouraging me to abandon a lifetime of metaphorical and literal warnings!!!!!
benpeek
May. 1st, 2006 12:00 pm (UTC)
nah, i haven't read that. it's not my kinda thang.
ironed_orchid
May. 1st, 2006 09:51 am (UTC)
I would've ticked the bit about the price of petrol being outrageous, but I don't drive, so it seems a little odd for me to complain about that. But it is outrageous.

Also, I hate Beazley and hope that he gets ousted over this uranium thing.
benpeek
May. 1st, 2006 11:02 am (UTC)
you should've ticked it, cause, man, it is outrageous! i had to put petrol in my car on thursday. it's so depressing to put twenty bucks in and just get half a tank.
lyzbeth
May. 1st, 2006 10:32 pm (UTC)
You get half a tank for $20?

(and I've only got a 1.3L car...)
(Anonymous)
May. 1st, 2006 11:10 am (UTC)
In the lead up to the last national election, I was polled. There were several questions about Mark Latham, and the free trade agreement with the US. The way they structured the survey, most of my answers were restricted to three options – yes, no or undecided.

There was a question about what issues I was concerned with and I said ‘refugee treatment and immigration.’ The lady said ‘border security’. I said ‘no, the treatment of refugees and immigration.’ The lady again said ‘border security’. For the third time I said ‘no, treatment of refugees and immigration’ and…I don’t know what she recorded.

The most memorable question was ‘Who do you think would be a better prime minister - John Howard, Mark Latham or Undecided?’ I said ‘I think Peter Costello would be a good’. A long pause, and she said ‘so undecided?’ I said ‘No, I think Peter Costello would be a good prime minister’. She said ‘I’ll put you down as undecided’.

At the end of the survey, I asked if they were independent or affiliated with a party, and she said they were an independent marketing firm based in Perth. For some reason, I thought it was a Labor poll.

A passerby.

Yes, I like Peter Costello…
benpeek
May. 1st, 2006 11:41 am (UTC)
yeah, i know that's how the poll people work. it's ridiculous that you can make some judgement out of the way the country is thinking with three choices. what's worse, however, is a lot of people will just agree to the changes that were put in by the operator.

peter costello is never going to get to run the country, i don't think.
detritus2099
May. 1st, 2006 12:08 pm (UTC)
They didn't say which company in Perth it was did they? I have a family member that runs one of those things, and whilst not affiliated with labor, quite definitely prefers them, so may have weighted the questions.
(Anonymous)
May. 2nd, 2006 11:17 am (UTC)
No, she didn't say which company. I wanted to ask further but she was quick to end the conversation.

A passerby.
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