Giving Surveys a Bad Name: Women's Day on Mother's Pay
By Bryan Caplan
I’ve never denied it: Some surveys are really stupid:
If women ruled the world, stay-at-home moms would earn an annual salary equal to or more than $100,000. That’s according to a new poll from Woman’s Day magazine and AOL.com, which found that more than half (52 percent) of women would pay a stay-at-home mom this annual salary.
That’s the summary. Here’s the exact question:
If stay-at-home moms got a paycheck, how much should they earn annually?
The options: $25,000; $50,000; $100,000; $250,000. The responses:
The most glaring problem with this question is that it doesn’t mention who is supposed to be cutting the checks. The government? Husbands? Santa Claus? I have no idea – and I doubt the authors of the questions or the survey participants did either.