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September 10, 2018
Letters to the editor, Oak Bay News
United Church Overdevelopment Project
When I was taking Statistics many years ago, we used a textbook called “How to lie with Statistics”.
The article “Oak Bay United Church (OBUC) submits rezoning application” (OBN, Sept. 5th), shows some of these underhanded tactics in practice. The article reports the findings of a survey carried out by the OBUC. The number of people polled, by phone and at a single Open House was not disclosed. The report fails to disclose the wording of the questions asked or the domicile of the recipients polled, casting doubts on the integrity of the data.
The results were filed into three groups, Agree, Disagree and Neutral.
Question 1: Did the project fit into the Granite Street neighbourhood?
Agree and Neutral (added together) 44%
Question 2: Did the project fit into the rest of Oak Bay?
Agree and Neutral (added together) 69%
Question 3: Parking and Congestion Issues in Granite Street.
Agree and Neutral (added together) 50%
Question 4: Parking and Congestion issues in the rest of Oak Bay.
Agree and Neutral (added together) 31%
I would like to see a meaningful analysis of this survey. The response “Neutral” means that the person being interviewed does not know about the project or doesn’t feel strongly one way or another.
It does not mean they agree. Their responses could just as validly be grouped with the Disagree responses. What would the results tell us then?