As I previously expressed, I have absolutely no use for polls when it comes to questions of individual rights; however, I am a naturally inquisitive individual, and ViolentIndifference had a very good idea. What you see below you is a nearly verbatim reconstruction of the poll Baldr Odinson had up on his webpage, and has since taken down, only with more than a few significant differences:
First, I swear to you I will never take the coward’s route and take it down, no matter what the results indicate, nor will I play the victim card if it turns out my position starts losing.
Second, I want people on both sides of the spectrum to go recruit all of the help, assistance, and grassroots support they can to vote in the poll, and I certainly will not complain about my webpage getting attention and traffic due to it. Post its link in forums, on webboards, at your own weblog, in emails, wherever-the-hell you want, and I wish you the best with it. Bring it on!
Third, I am being completely honest and up-front about my motivations for posting this poll – as VI said, I am curious to see if the anti-rights cultists can “muster a grassroots movement to show their numbers,” – and I will not claim that this was some grandiose “trap” if the numbers start skewing against me.
And, finally, I will never use this poll as leverage to support my individual rights – they exist independent of whether people approve of them or not.
([0730 11FEB11 Update] Due to my being an idiot and not adequately reading the fine print on SurveyMonkey’s pages, I did not realize that their “free” accounts are limited to only the latest 100 votes submitted for any poll. As such, amusingly enough, the below version of the poll has been shut down, however, it and its results have been replicated in the poll you see to your left – one that is hosted locally at my weblog, and one that has unlimited available responses. The final tally from the SurveyMonkey poll was 155 total votes, with 6 for the first option, three for the fourth, and 146 for the fifth, and those numbers have been carried over into the new incarnation of the poll.
Again, please look to the bottom of the left page bar in a non-mobile browser to take the poll! Thank you for your patience and understanding, and I apologize for the confusion. [/Update])
(If you are viewing this post in Google Reader, please click through to see the poll! It is located in the pagebar to the left.)
So get out there and get people to vote! There is no date cutoff, there is no max response count (though I did try to limit responses to one per IP, for whatever that will be worth), and the results will always be public and available if you want them. Unlike the hoplophobes of America, I welcome the chance for people to express their opinions and learn from the experience!
So… who wants to place bets as to how the results fare?