Here's the (too long) lede:
An online survey conducted by the Sleeping Disorders Centre has found that almost three quarters of respondents were at a high risk of suffering from sleep apnoea. Half of the 52 respondents were classified as obese (with a BMI over 28), a key indicator of risk, 69.2% said that they snored loudly, and 92.2% complained of feeling tired during the daytime. 55.8% of all respondents to the survey were men, who traditionally have a higher risk level than women, although recent evidence suggests this gap is closing.
Let's try and set aside the crappy writing for a moment. Yeah, my beginning newswriting students could do better, but as I've emphasized time and time again on this blog, this is one of those examples of getting a survey result that just so happens to nicely fit your interests.
A sleep center. Who's likely to use their online survey? People with sleep problems, that's who. Here's a bit of "methodology" of the survey:
Visitors to the Sleeping Disorders Centre website were asked to complete the STOP-BANG questionnaire, a set of eight questions regarded as the most accurate means of indicating a person’s level of risk of suffering from sleep apnoea from a self-conducted survey.
Still awake? C'mon, the STOP-BANG thing, that's gotta get you at least a little bit interested. What the hell is a STOP-BANG, other than something I probably did in college? It's a real questionnaire. Here's one version, so despite the silly name it's legitimate.
My real issue, of course, is this qualifies as a really bad SLOP, a self-selected opinion poll. In other words, non-scientific BS.
The point of all this? Beware poll results that just coincidentally support an organization's aims and goals -- even if you like that organization.