Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

Presentation of survey doesn't quite stack up

YOUR LucidTalk poll (News, September 16), while wide-ranging in the topics covered, was sloppy in its presentation.

The use of a three-dimensional pie graph for the results of views about the Parades Commission led to the 26% who replied that 'Parades Commission determinations should be obeyed by law' being given twice the page-area of the 31% who replied that 'Parades should only take place in areas where there was local agreement'.

A two-dimensional pie graph would have given a true presentation of the facts.

The graph showing the rated performance of the Assembly indicated the average percentage figure for the whole population who replied as 'Not very good' being 33%.

How is this figure arrived at when all of the percentages shown for the individual religious categories are in excess of 37%?

JIM BROCKET

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