In the world of surveying, which side is "good" on? Left? Or right?We are often asked to give advice on how to put surveys together. Over the years I've collected dozens of examples - you can see some of the winners and losers on the "Survey Idols" section here, - and I'll share what we think is best practice in a minute, but first some background.Around 7 - 10% of humans are left handed. Science has recently attributed this to the gene LRRTM1. But throughout history being left handed has usually had negative associations - and this can be traced through the words used to describe the condition.From Mesopotamian time, the left hand symbolized the power to shame society, and was used as a metaphor for misfortune, natural evil, or punishment from the gods. Modern meanings evolved from the ancient terms and in many European languages. The word "left" comes from the Old English lyft, meaning weak. "Right" is not only a synonym for correctness, but also stands for authority and justice: (German and Dutch recht, French droit); in French, "gauche" means "left" and is also a synonym of "maladroit", meaning "clumsy".Meanwhile, the English word "sinister" comes from the Latin, which originally meant "left" but took on meanings of "evil" or "unlucky" by the Classical Latin era.Maybe left-handers don't have it all bad. Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin and Leonardo da Vinci are prime examples of lefties who made good. And there is some evidence that left-handers think more quickly (and so can dodge trouble).