Saturday, April 21, 2012

Does this Poll Include Responses From People Who Have Actually Been Anywhere?

No, I didn't think so.

Here's another of those "most popular" travel polls, this one purportedly a ranking of the 25 most popular U.S. cities, in the Huffington Post, that would leave you smacking your forehead. That is, if you didn't realize that these things are served up half-baked in various media by 24-year-olds who have never actually been anywhere -- but sure do know their urban stereotypes because, you know, they're intense watchers of television.

And by "polling" outfits that don't disclose their shaky, vague "methodology," if any.

Los Angeles almost dead-last at No. 22, far below Baltimore (13)? Philadelphia (11) over San Francisco (12)?!! New York (7), demonstrably the most popular travel city in terms of, uh, numbers of people who flock there, bested by Dallas (6) and Atlanta (4)?

Dallas and Atlanta?


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