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http://www.celebrity1000.com/onlinepolls/results/favbeer/991217favbeer.html This must have been a poll in U.S.



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   It was a poll on the Web, hence international in
character.  And it's not too surprising, as American-
style megabrewery lagers are by far the best selling
beers in the world.  It's only natural that they'd
come out on top in a self-selected poll of the general
population.  (You think something from a tiny brewery
in Croatia, that only brews for the couple hundred
people in the neighborhood, would get enough votes to
place in the top 1000, let alone 100?)
--
Joel Plutchak    "Sometimes I think we're alone in the universe, and
plutchak@[...]    sometimes I think we're not.  In either case the idea
                  is quite staggering." - Arthur C. Clarke

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Joel wrote:

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"This poll runs from May 19, 1999 - December 17, 1999."

Real up-to-date results, too.

But the results suggest that it wasn't set up by, nor aimed at, a
non-American voting group, in spite of the international nature
of the WWW.  If people in other countries don't even know about the
silly "celebrity1000.com" poll, the sample size from outside of the
USA is bound to be vanishingly small.

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Also, there are more recent self-selecting polls with quite different
results.

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The sample size of the poll is absurdly small to begin with: a total of
2519 votes, with no guarantee of validity (how many votes cast twice by
the same person and all that).  Note, too, that the Simon/Bitburger
brewery is quite large - not as large as the biggest of the American
megas, but large nonetheless - and it barely even showed up on the
radar.  I'm guessing that this was very much a USA-centric "poll" that
did an utterly crap job of representing anything but a self-selecting,
and probably multiple-voting, sample of a small number of American
beer-drinking "voters."
--
dgs

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My feelings exactly.c



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Stig wrote:
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If you took a poll of beer drinkers across any geographic location
asking what the favorite beer was, I would expect that the highest
selling beers would also register as most popular.  Not a very
revealing poll since it restates what we already know about the large
brewers:  Their products are popular with a lot of people.

If you polled U.S. beer drinkers for their favorites I would expect
that local favorites like Dominion and Dog Fish Head would not pop
above the horizon.

Where you take polls has a big influence on the population sampled and
results too.


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