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Will Big Brown win the Belmont Stakes and become the first horse to win the Triple Crown since 1978?

Yes 75% 273 votes
No 25% 91 votes
Total Votes: 364

Note: This is not a scientific poll.

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June 5, 2008
9:18 a.m.

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schdygirl (no real name given) says...

How can we possibly go from a heated debate about gay marriage to a pointless question that no one knows the answer to? C'mon gazette keep up with your readers please!

June 5, 2008
9:49 a.m.

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enest ( Elysia Nest ) says...

Schdygirl: These are polls. One need not have anything to do with another. This is a timely poll, and from the many votes already cast, obviously people care about the topic.

June 6, 2008
9:43 a.m.

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schdygirl (no real name given) says...

Enest- the definition of a poll is “an inquiry into public opinion conducted by interviewing a random sample of people.” How can one have an opinion of an event that hasn’t even happened? This would at best be a speculation, a guess or even a hope. People may have voted but the subject itself obviously did not evoke discussion or conversation amongst readers. In fact the only discussion at all has nothing to do with the race itself.
The Gazette should know to ask opinions of events or situations that have already happened; otherwise we are not dealing with fact, only speculation. From a journalistic standpoint, I would think it goes against the grain of what they would believe in. I think we have enough real issues in the world that will evoke great discussions and debates. All I am saying is the Gazette should step up and be a news agency and know the difference between what public opinion is and what speculation is.

June 6, 2008
10:29 a.m.

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enest ( Elysia Nest ) says...

Schdygirl: No offense, but you are overthinking this to a fault.

June 6, 2008
11:01 a.m.

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mrobarge ( Mark Robarge ) says...

Schdygirl, I'm a bit perplexed by your comments. The purpose of these polls is to measure public opinion on issues of interest. While you may not care about the Belmont, many readers do, just as some readers may not have cared about the gay marriage issue.

BTW, your first comment seems to imply there is a right and wrong answer to the gay marriage debate. While that may be the case in your mind, I think there are hundreds of thousands who disagree, just as there are hundreds of thousands who agree. A right answer implies some degree of universal agreement, which is lacking here no matter which side of the issue you sit on.

And what's wrong with speculating on what's going to happen in the future, whether it's the winner of a horse racing or the price of gasoline?

These polls are only meant to give readers a sense of what other readers are thinking, not to shape any debate of the issues.

Oh, and by the way, if we were to stick to your strict definition of a poll, this wouldn't be one, as it is not a random sample.

June 6, 2008
1:19 p.m.

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schdygirl (no real name given) says...

"...a heated debate about gay marriage..." does not even come close to implying that there is a right or wrong answer to this issue. I was applauding the process of the debate itself. I also did not mention anything about the Belmont itself but the question that the Gazette proposed. The question is not about the Belmont itself, but of a question that no one can possibly know the answer to. It's like asking if someone's garden is going to grow or if it is going to rain today. My point is that it couldnt possibly evoke discussion (proven by the lack of posts regarding the question itself).
And why exactly are you people attacking me for having an opinion about the depth of the Gazette Polls? I am perplexed at your need to defend a question regarding whether or not a horse is going to win a race.

Oh, and by the way, I am not the one who named this a "poll." The Gazette did.

June 6, 2008
2:19 p.m.

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mrobarge ( Mark Robarge ) says...

OK, for an inane question that you say couldn't provoke any discussion, you did happen to notice that there were more than 250 votes. It seems to me that there are some people interested.

The point I'm trying to make is simply not to judge what other people may find interesting based on your own interest. Some people (at least 250 by our count) are interested in whether Big Brown is going to be the first horse in 30 years to win the Triple Crown and want to offer their opinion. It's called prognostication, and it's the reason millions of dollars are going to be bet on the race Saturday.

Just as you are perplexed with my need to defend our polls (most of which I write, by the way), I am preplexed by your need to criticize the choice of questions. After all, it's a source of entertainment, not the presidential election.

Oh, and BTW, when you write "How can we possibly go from a heated debate about gay marriage to a pointless question that no one knows the answer to?" you imply that there's an answer to the gay marriage question. That's what I was referring to.

June 6, 2008
5:56 p.m.

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mhowie ( Mindy Howie ) says...

You could have a heated discussion about the Belmont, if you were into racing enough to speculate (or even if you're not -- I'm voting no, simply because we've had a lot of great horses lately that all fell short, so I think it's likely Big Brown will do the same).

Meanwhile, if I see a poll question that I don't care about, don't have an opinion on or don't feel like commenting about ... I move on and wait a few days for the next one. :)

 

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