SkiHoth, I am sorry, but I have to agree with Ekenobi. The IMDB in no way represents a sampling of the general public. As you said, many polls are taken to get the best sampling of the general public they can. But as we know, these samples are not always accurate (look at the many election results which differ from what the polls said they would be). Still, these types of polls, as those done professionally by NY Times or Gallop, try to get as large and diverse a sample as they can to ensure they aren't overlooking something. As I said before, IMDB samples only those people who visit the site and care to vote, which is not a diverse sample. Think of it this way. Say I wanted to take a poll on something and all I did was go to churches, for example, and allow the people there to vote on the poll. Now is that an accurate sample of the general public? Of course not. I am not adding into my sample anyone who does NOT go to church. In the same way, how can one say that a web site, which requires one to have an internet connection and a desire to vote on the polls, samples the general public? One can't.