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May 28 2015

Harris Poll: Firefly is third most upsetting TV departure. A survey of 2,170 adults in the U.S. placed it only behind Friends and M*A*S*H. Link includes various generational and demographic breakdowns.

How did they find all the people who watched it on tv for this one poll?
Thought the Methodology description was interesting:

Methodology

This Harris Poll was conducted online, in English, within the United States between April 15 and 20, 2015 among 2,170 adults (aged 18 and over). Figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region and household income were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents’ propensity to be online.

All sample surveys and polls, whether or not they use probability sampling, are subject to multiple sources of error which are most often not possible to quantify or estimate, including sampling error, coverage error, error associated with nonresponse, error associated with question wording and response options, and post-survey weighting and adjustments. Therefore, The Harris Poll avoids the words “margin of error” as they are misleading. All that can be calculated are different possible sampling errors with different probabilities for pure, unweighted, random samples with 100% response rates. These are only theoretical because no published polls come close to this ideal.

Respondents for this survey were selected from among those who have agreed to participate in Harris Poll surveys. The data have been weighted to reflect the composition of the adult population. Because the sample is based on those who agreed to participate in our panel, no estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.


BTW, the Harris Poll official link, has some breakdown tables, not present in Press Release:
http://www.theharrispoll.com/health-and-life/Americans-Miss-Their-Friends.html

[ edited by Numfar PTB on 2015-05-28 17:54 ]
It's hard to imagine Firefly in more dissimilar company. M*A*S*H and Friends were both ridiculously long running shows; Firefly lasted half a season.
b!X, I don't think so. Still love you through!
It is a testament to Firefly to be in the company of such a long running and groundbreaking show like M*A*S*H, given it's brief life.

I watched and adored the #4077 but it was done at 11 years. I was not surprised when it ended. I think folks of my age just miss the characters where as with Firefly there's a whole verse that we haven't seen. Friends was excellent but it wasn't M*A*S*H or Firefly, IMO.
I'm curious as to just how much of an anomaly I am. I'm a female baby boomer who is a huge Whedon fan, and who subscribed to SFX Magazine for several years. Sunfire, Simon, do we have an idea of the demographics of Whedonesque?

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