Andy Rooney Surveys The Surveyors

Rooney Weighs In On Surveys

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Some days it seems as though I spend about half my time reading surveys. It isn't enough to know what you think. You have to read about what other people think, too.

They take surveys for everything, now. You read about surveys asking what people think about the economy, about cars, about what people are buying, what they're eating and what they think of the job that President Obama is doing.

A Gallup poll said that President Obama's approval rating was at an all-time low. Gallup said that they surveyed over 90,000 Americans for this one poll. I mean, where was I when they were calling people about President Obama?

The survey said that only 44 percent of us approve of President Obama's performance.

Well, I surveyed nine of my friends and eight of them said they liked Obama but didn't trust a Gallup Polls. As far as I'm concerned, Obama's doing the best job he knows how and it's good enough for me.

Something called the 2010 Mercer Quality of Living Survey chose the top 221 best cities to live in, in the whole world. According to this survey, the three best cities were Vienna, Zurich, and Geneva; New York City came in 49th out of the 221 cities that they rated.

I was born in Albany, New York. I've lived in London, Cologne, Paris and Beverly Hills. I've lived in New York City for a long time now. And I'll take New York. I forget whether I've ever been to Zurich or not. I wouldn't want to live in a city I forget whether I've ever been to or not. You can't forget New York.

Another survey about the reliability of 2011 model cars showed that General Motors cars - Chevy, Buick, Cadillac and GMC - have improved and are now ranked higher in reliability than Mercedes Benz, BMW, and Audi. Bad for the German car makers but good for the Americans.

Despite all the surveys I read, I've never been asked what I think about anything. My answers would be a lot different than the answers they say people give. They should survey people about what they think of surveys.

Written by Andy Rooney