Last night I was watching The Power of 10 on CBS (with celebrity host Drew Carey!). Let me start by saying it’s been a while since I’ve watched a game show that airs in primetime. After seeing it 3 times now, I’m a big fan of this show. I love statistics and I love polls and surveys. I’m a fan of The Power of 10 for the same reason I love Family Feud, I love guessing what American’s think on every subject under the sun.
Last night a contestant lost on the following food related question: “What percentage of American MEN said if they had to kill the cow themselves, they would still eat hamburgers?”
The contestant had a 20-point range to guess in, and guessed between 50% and 70%, thus getting the question wrong and being eliminated. My thoughts on the 79% total for this question? BULLSHIT. Yeah that’s right, I call BULLSHIT in a big way. This is the perfect example of a question where people will SAY something, but not necessarily do it.
The contestant thought he was guessing high, and his logic was that all the rural folk, ranchers, farmers etc. would not even think twice about killing a cow themselves. But it ended up being an even higher percentage than he thought.
Frankly, I’m not buying it. Thinking about my friends, I can think of only one or two of 10-15 people that would actually slay a cow themselves. 79% of people SAID they would kill a cow themselves, but if you hand them a giant machete and put them in front of a cow, I bet you that 79% drops to about 40%.
Not surprisingly, the results for women were drastically different then for men:
So most men would kill a cow themselves in order to eat a burger, most women would not. Interestingly, men 18-29 are more likely than those 65 and over to kill the cow…surprising to me, since many more of the 65+ generation must have grown up on a farm then my generation.
What do you think? Would you eat hamburger if you had to kill the cow yourself whenever you wanted a burger? Do you buy that 79% of the country would actually do that?