What does this poll even mean?"
You may regard it as a desparate joke about a serious thing. This is a common human behaviour.
What does it mean by "surviving"?
It means not to get fired in the worst case.
"And why is IT any different than any other "business"?
I didn't say that. Feel free to interchange IT with any other "business" of your choice.
I hope this helps.
Best regards, Karl
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