That's because the vote is for the one best driver.
If you have driver #1 who is the fastest, and driver #2 who is 0.001 second faster, than any poll asking "who is the fastest" will still show only one winner.
A good example is the team boss poll from last year: Alonso was voted the best, because he was, but it didn't say anything about Vettel and Hamilton.
Or the pole position for Hungary: there was only 0.038 between Lewis and Vettel, but in the end, Lewis had 1 pole that day, and Vettel had 0, just as many as Chilton.
In cases where there is only one 'winner' answer, poll results are no real indication of who's second or third, and how much better or worse they are.
That does not explain why the likes of Kimi and Hamilton have so many votes. Its quite amazing that Alonso, as usual is not being given the credit that he deserves and the completely unreasonable standards he has to live upto.
Let's break it down this season. Would anyone dispute that the Ferrari has on average been the 4th fastest car this season? The Lotus and Redbull have clearly been better, and with you could argue its been about even with Mercedes overall, yet Alonso is ahead of both Mercedes drivers and practically equal with Kimi who is being rated so highly this season.
See there is no logic in the reasoning, and you also have to consider that Alonso has beaten his team mate in every race this season unlike Kimi and Hamilton, so he is clearly being underrated this season. Vettel has driven well but again he is flattered by having the most consistent car of the season so of course he will be the most consistent driver, but once again he is facing zero adversity, not even from his team mate who seems to have kers and clutch issues every second race.
Edited by dublin, 06 August 2013 - 08:03.