Over the last few hours, one or a few individuals thought they would be smart asses and “vote pad” the current population poll, adding some 75+ votes to the “we are underpopulated” answer. They are not “real” votes and do not represent accurately the views of the normal readership of marketmanila.com. They were done in succession, over a short period of time, from very few and probably related sources. They seek desperately to alter the proportion of answers to what was a very straightforward poll, and which with 414 answers prior to the vote padding had a very clear and consistent trend of answers over a 4 day period since the poll was placed. I can tell you after hundreds of polls that the trend by 200-250 answers usually sticks through say 1000 votes. It is people such as these that not only think the world will be fine with 20 billion people on it, and whose desire to sway public opinion by padding votes is laughable, that I personally believe should never have made it to this planet at all. So, I am removing those roughly 78 votes that I am fairly certain are padded, and posting the pre-padding summary results here.
We are underpopulated and should grow even more, say to 200 million by 2050.
We are fine, no changes needed, I would be comfortable with the same levels of population
We are overpopulated, and I would have liked the current population to be just 80 million.
We are overpopulated, and I would have liked the current population to be just 60 million.
We are overpopulated, and I would have liked the current population to be just 40 million.
We are overpopulated, and I would have liked the current population to be just 20 million.
While this blog is NOT representative of the entire Philippine population, for THIS blog’s regular audience, the numbers above closely reflect voters sentiment. Fully 92.51% of voters felt the country was overpopulated. And 81% would have liked to see the current population smaller by at least 30 million or more, with the largest votes wishfully voting for a population roughly LESS THAN HALF our current numbers. Honestly, I had no idea what the votes would emerge at on this blog, but they did emerge in the camp of “over” rather than “under” population, which is a relief. As for the morons padding votes, I wish they would just spend their time figuring out how to feed the 30% of primary school children who are malnourished and whose brains will be irreperably damaged by early malnutrition, AND help the vast majority of primary public school students who DIDN’T pass the standardized tests for English, Math and Science, and create jobs for the 60-70% of freshly minted college graduates who seem to be unable to find decent jobs. Oh, and that’s of the less than 30% of all college age Filipinos who even manage to ATTEND college at all.
Let me reiterate, it is the vote padding that is MORONIC, not the content or choice of vote. And in case you wish to differentiate and read more meaning into my choice of word, look up imbecile, idiot, moron, etc. It is no longer PC to use such terms from a psychological point of view, so I use it in a more common use context instead. Though I like the original classifications, frankly. :)