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02-14-2013, 04:01 PM
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I went looking for a few online polls with bigger sample size results, just to satisfy my curiosity, and it looks pretty much like I thought I would. An example:
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http://www.quibblo.com/quiz/aeHSs4s/...he-best-beatle
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496 responses
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John 174 (35%)
Paul 164 (33%)
George 114 (23%)
Ringo 44 (9%)
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And here:
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http://www.misterpoll.com/polls/31452/results
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It’s a two-pronged question though, whereas the one on this site kinda encompasses both (or leaves it open to interpretation)
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Who was the best Beatle?
42% (543)
John Lennon
37% (485)
Paul McCartney
27% (353)
George Harrison
10% (139)
Ringo Starr
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Which Beatle had the best solo career?
42% (500)
John Lennon
46% (558)
Paul McCartney
14% (177)
George Harrison
3% (40)
Ringo Starr
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If you just weigh it 50/50 by adding up all the results, you get this:
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Lennon 1043 (37.3%)
McCartney 1043 (37.3%)
Harrison 530 (19.0%)
Starr 179 (6.4%)
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Remarkably, after nearly 3000 votes they have an identical amount of support – Lennon about 60 more votes for his greatness as a Beatle (I tend to agree), and McCartney about 60 more for his solo career.
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I’m sure there are others out there.
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Combine these results with ours:
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3399 responses

John Lennon 1251 (36.8%)
Paul McCartney 1234 (36.3%)
George Harrison 685 (20.2%)
Ringo Starr 229 (6.7%)
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Looks like what I originally thought. About ¾ prefer John and Paul, who are in a dead heat, then a sizeable minority who either actually prefer George, or say “John and Paul get enough love and Harrison is awesome too, so I’m taking him”, and then a fringe who take Ringo. Possible reasons:
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1.****** They hate the Beatles and therefore find the musicians behind their songs nauseating, and choose Ringo as he is the least to blame
2.****** They are taking Pity on Ringo as he’s such a likeable character and couldn’t stand to see him end up without votes
3.****** They are joking/being ironic
4.****** They actually think he was the “best” Beatle. (doubtful)

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