CBS News conducted a random telephone poll, the results were published in the February issue of Vanity Fair, of 951 adults nationwide and one of the questions was, “Would most people you know kill their favorite pet for $1 million? What about you? The results of the poll, above, prove my point that people lie when asked difficult questions in phone surveys when they are talking to a human being who might be judgmental. I guarantee you if people could answer that question anonymously, the poll results would be very different.
If I owned (owning is the operative word here because pets are considered personal property) a pet and got that offer, I know what I would do. Now that you are getting ready to write a comment of righteous indignation, let’s change the wording of the question a few times.
“Would you or most people you know kill their favorite pet for $1 million if the money were needed to buy a car that was essential for your job? You see where I am going here?
“Would you or most people you know kill their favorite pet for $1 million if the money were needed to pay for the college education of their children? Change your mind yet?
“Would you or most people you know kill their favorite pet for $1 million if the money were needed to pay for the medical care of a family member that would save the person’s life? Now will you answer “Yes?”
We all have a tipping point where we would kill our beloved pet. It is a horrible topic to think about, but respected CBS News posed the question, not me. Now you know why I am frustrated by polls and surveys. They never ask the reason why a person would answer a certain way. And under the correct condition 100 percent of us would kill our favorite pet. Unless it was Lassie!