OK, here's one of America's most-famous NASCAR fans. This dude shaved "3" for Dale Earnhardt into his back.
A while back, somehow I got on the Zogby survey and poll list. At first, it was pretty cool. Over time, the surveys got less basic and more and more detailed, filled with "leading" questions. The surveys focused on politics basically forced the survey-taker to choose beween two extremes - otherwise known as a false dichotomy. Questions sometimes ran up into two and three sentences worth, including double-negatives.
I'm someone who continues to be confused by the California ballot initiatives where "No means Yes" - such as last Fall's Proposition 8 (a "no" vote meant "yes," you supported gay marriage - and vice-versa). Therefore, I get to the end of one of these long Zogby questions and have no clue as to what it's really asking. I'll usually guess based on the general thrust of the questions and might well be answering opposite to what the question is actually trying to convey.
Well, this survey in particular seemed to focus on the Second Amendment. It asked many questions about the right to bear arms and gun ownership. It had ludicrously-phrased questions with hypothetical people (Mr. Smith and Mr. Jones, I think). It seemed to be promoting the Canadian gun ownership approach, which is basically "it's a privilege, not a right".
I'm sure anyone visiting here can see I'm as evolved as Dale Earnhardt's biggest fan pictured above. I can sympathize, because if you think his back is hairy . . . (just kidding). So, I get to the end of this survey and it asks, "ARE YOU A NASCAR FAN?" Previously, it had asked me how much I shopped at WalMart! Well, I had to answer "yes," because I am a NASCAR fan and have been for years. I don't attend races any longer, but I've sen more than a few in my day. I used to watch the stock cars with my grandfather, and Lloyd Ruby was my favorite at that time (because his name was "Ruby" - get it?). This was the generation of Richard Petty and David Pearson, also. Then came Cay-ull (Cale) Yarbrough. And then it was Darrell (Darl) Waltrip and #3 - Rest in Peace, Dale (Day-ull). Now, there are not just second, but third-generation racers, and I don't follow the series closely any more.
I wrote Zogby and said, "Drop this question" because it's ridiculous. Some people might think it's funny, and they may think there's some type of validity to the question, but NASCAR remains the most popular viewing sport in America, with an estimated 80 million fans. I will guarantee that not all 80 million of those fans can, and would want to, shave "#3" into their backs. And if I were asked the question a different way, which would be, "Which racing series do you prefer?" I would say "I prefer Formula 1." Now everyone knows that I had the Union Jack and "Mansell" tattooed onto my lower back. Or wait - was that Keke Rosberg and the Finnish flag? Ugh. Are Yew a NASCAR Fan? Yay-up. I shure am, Mister Zog-Bee. I gradiated frum Grade Skool Too, Mister Zog-Bee. Let's see: Which term do you think best applies to the person that writes these Zogby Surveys: