A few weeks ago I wrote of my experiments with Angus Reid's on-line polling service. My conclusion: as far as I was able to determine at the time, their system was pathetically easy to prank.
Yesterday, inspired by this young lady's post on the topic, I decided that I would toy with Angus Reid a little further. I used my home computer to create a second free email account (not hotmail this time), and successfully applied for the Angus Reid Forums a second time. On this occasion the demographic profile I gave them was a little more coherent, although I listed my home province as British Columbia and told Angus Reid I owned a boat!
My further conclusions: it does NOT look like Angus Reid is tracking IP addresses, which means that you can create as many profiles in their on-line forums as you want from a single computer. One person could, for example, become an army of Tories (something which, given their weird results lately, I suspect has already happened).
Meanwhile, over the weekend my first Angus Reid profile (the woman with the male name who was 50+, still a student, and made over $100,000 per year) got an email asking her to participate in a survey re. corporate citizenship: what companies were known for their community outreach efforts in what areas. So, for example, is the Royal Bank know for their contributions to kids' sports? That kind of thing.
I gave my on-line salute to Ing Banking, because that German guy in their commercials is dead sexxxy (he could only be more sexxxy if he had a fencing scar), and to KFC, because I was hungry when I did the survey and the idea of a pile of greasy chicken appealed to me. Otherwise they all pretty much got the big thumbs down.