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August 15, 2012

This looks interesting but demonstrates how surveys and polls are so unreliable and…

This looks interesting but demonstrates how surveys and polls are so unreliable and misleading. 

First, I lived in Southern California for over 30 years and everyone I knew called it Coke. I was the odd ball who called it soda/cola and that's because I was tired of hearing the server say "is Pepsi okay?" (I didn't care)

Second, while 120,464 respondents sounds impressive and a good size sampling, that means there are on average around 40 respondents per county. That's hardly a suitable number when you have counties with populations in the 2-3 MILLION range.

So before you go quoting that study, check to see what their data is based on and if you could stand behind those numbers.

More stats – http://www.popvssoda.com/countystats/total-county.html

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  • At 6:40 am on August 15, 2012, Wayne Johnson commented:

    Nowhere on the can does the word "pop" show up. Soda is clearly marked though.

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  • At 6:42 am on August 15, 2012, Jared A.J. Chiddix commented:

    SF bay area here,Marin , San Fransisco, and Sonoma, we are Other, because we don't drink that kind of thing or call it by name if we do, I remember ( 3 years) living in Colorado and being freaked out by everyone saying POP!

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  • At 6:44 am on August 15, 2012, Jared A.J. Chiddix commented:

    I guess there are some around that call it Soda, but it certainly isn't the majority

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  • At 7:01 am on August 15, 2012, Wayne Johnson commented:

    Does this mean that people in the South ask for an Orange "Coke" when they want an orange soda?

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  • At 4:57 pm on August 15, 2012, Aneka Knell Bean commented:

    My grandmother called it pop or soda pop. She was from Utah/Arizona I believe. I always thought it weird as a kid when people didn't just refer to a drink by name. She pretty much always had just Root Beer and Ginger Ale.

    I have always said soda for the generic title. To me soda = anything carbonated and non alcoholic.

    At fast food places I ask for a fountain drink if I'm eating in. 

    I'm in the (east) Bay Area and I've heard everything from cola to pop. Most commonly soda though. 

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  • At 6:35 am on August 16, 2012, Michael Boquist commented:

    Coke for me when I want cola flavor. Besides, Rum and Pepsi dosnt sound right.

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  • At 2:22 pm on August 29, 2012, Nick commented:

    Yeah, I’m from Northeast Kansas (no, not all the roads are yellow) and we all call it soda…

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