Last Friday’s New York Philharmonic poll generated some interesting data, although not so much in the final results as the change in responses ratios throughout the voting period…
Whether or not readers thought the New York Philharmonic’s DPRK
performance was a positive event for the ensemble wasn’t an issue, the
overwhelming majority of voters (82.5 percent to be precise) thought
the trip was a good thing. However, even though a similar percentage of
voters ended up thinking that the visit was good for the entire
business, for the first two days of voting that ratio was far less
certain with only approximately 60 percent in favor and 40 percent
against. During the same time span, the ratio of for/against votes
hovered around the 80-90 percent range for Question #1 throughout the
duration of the poll.
I’m not certain why a larger percentage of early respondents
had a negative view of how the trip would impact the business and if
any readers who voted "no" for Question #2 would care to elaborate on
why they voted that way in a comment, I think it would be a fascinating
discussion. The only additional data the polling software was able to
provide is how the votes broke down geographically (for those
interested in the data via Question #2, click here).
Question #3 was a fun little exercise in advocacy polling. If
nothing else, it was enormously satisfying to wake up during the days
immediately preceding and following the Oscars to see the New York
Philharmonic’s trip consistently draw better media coverage on
television news channels and the majority of "entertainment news"
headlines across the internet. In fact, three of the primary all-news
cable channels were running stories about the NYPhil simultaneously.
Ultimately, I do think all of the national media attention
around the NYPhill trip was good for the entire business and it moved
orchestras, even if only temporarily, closer to the center of the
cultural consciousness. So who wants to be the first U.S. orchestra to
tour the Middle East?