Sunday, November 24, 2013

A Second Holiday Season for Some of Our Polls

One of the coolest features about votetrends is the ability to see how users' opinions change over time. Some of our online polls have been open to voting for over a year, so we're having fun seeing which polls have big shifts. With the holiday season approaching, it's the perfect time to re-vote on our Thanksgiving and Christmas polls. And, of course, it's a great time to for our users to add some more!

Do you think you'll go to the mall the day after Thanksgiving (aka Black Friday)?

Christmas is usually a very expensive time of year for consumers. Have you started setting aside money for Christmas gifts yet?

How much do you expect to spend on Christmas gifts this year?

Have you finished your Christmas shopping?

Friday, November 15, 2013

What Might the Future Hold for Elizabeth Warren?

From our headquarters in Boston, we at votetrends are accustomed to hearing news about Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. But lately, Warren's no-holds-barred critique of "too big to fail" banks and the de-regulation of the financial industry are making a splash across the country. She is one of a handful of politicians with YouTube hits well into the millions. Across the web, pundits hotly debate whether or not she will run for Democratic Presidential nominee in 2016, especially because Hilary Clinton still seems to be the party's frontrunner.

Now that so many people across the US know about Senator Warren and her ideological stances, we think it's an ideal time to post a few polls about her and the upcoming 2016 Presidential race. We are very curious to see how our users' opinions about Warren shift over time, as 2016 is just over the horizon...

Do you want Elizabeth Warren to run for President in 2016?

Who do you think is more likely to be the Democratic nominee for President in 2016: Hilary Clinton or Elizabeth Warren?

Friday, September 27, 2013

Flu shot?

In November 2012, one of our users created the poll: "Will you get a flu shot this year?" Now that we are approaching cold and flu season once again, we are curious to see how people's answers will change. 

According to Dr. William Schaffner, past President of the National Foundation of Infectious Diseases, "the vaccine that works is the vaccine that's delivered." Last year, about 38% of votetrends respondents seemed to agree with Dr. Schaffner, either by getting a flu shot (38%) or planning to (18%). Will these numbers grow in 2013, shrink, or stay the same?


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

US Gun Control Laws

The most recent US shooting in Washington has driven many Americans to express frustration towards gun control laws. Will a new debate on this law surface very shortly?

Americans and Canadians alike seem to be think something must be done to put an end to these needless tragedies. votetrends.com users were asked if the USA needs stricter gun control laws, and most respondents have answered yes.




What do you think?  

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Fashion Schmashion

It's Fashion Week in New York City, which means the sidewalks are overflowing with wildly stylish people. Fashionistas eagerly walk by the fashion show tents in hopes of being photographed by a "street style" blogger or reporter. The ultimate NYC street style photog is Bill Cunningham, who has been publishing pictures of stylish New Yorkers in his "On the Street" column in the New York Times since the 1950s.

Have you ever been featured in a "street style" blog or newspaper article, such as Bill Cunningham's "On the Street" column in the New York Times?


Friday, August 30, 2013

Fracking: friend or foe?



Fracking has been in the news a lot lately and has stirred many debates. Many people are opposed to fracking, however many people believe this activity has its valid merits.


Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is the process where a mixture of water, sand and chemicals are injected into the rock inside a well at high pressure to allow the trapped gas to flow to the surface. This process allows millions of people in North America access to natural gas which is relatively clean-burning, cheap and abundant. We also can’t forget how fracking creates jobs and enriches local economies. So why all the fuss and negativity about fracking?

It turns out that fracking is not such a hero when it comes to the environment and our health. The drastic interference to the rock beneath us can contaminate drinking water in surrounding cities, pollute the air and our bodies, and may even cause earthquakes.


A recent online poll on votetrends.com has surfaced asking if fracking should be banned. Which side are you on?

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Fashion Week

Fashion Week has been taking place in cities all over the world over the last couple of months. Fashion houses and designers have been showcasing the new Fall/Winter collections to buyers and media to display the latest trends and what's "in".


The most prestigious Fashion Weeks are held in the four fashion capitals of the world: Paris, New York City, Milan, and London. Fashionistas dream of having a seat at one of these shows and be amongst the greats of the fashion industry.


Recent polls on Fashion Week and fashion in general have been popping up on votetrends. Whether you are a die-hard fashionaista (or fashionisto), or believe you are fashionably challenged, what is your vote? 





Happy Fashion Week voting to all!


Saturday, August 17, 2013

Moving Day

In Boston, where votetrends is headquartered, tens of thousands of people move into new apartments on September 1st. In fact, 79% of all apartment leases in the city of Boston start on 9/1. The day has even earned the nickname "Allston Christmas," because there are so many pieces of free furniture left on the city streets!

With September a mere two weeks away, it got the votetrends team thinking about all of our friends who are braving the 9/1 rush. We created several real estate-related online polls to mark the occasion.

When was the last time you moved into a new home, apartment or condo?

When do you think you'll move into a new home, apartment or condo?

Sept. 1: Classic (Hilarious) Boston Moving Day Tweets [Images]

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Mirror Fasting


Mirrors and reflective surfaces are around us everywhere, from bathroom mirrors, storefront windows and even TV screens. With such a surrounding, can we really blame people who become narcissistic and grow to love seeing their own reflection?

The "mirror fast" has become increasingly popular and recommended by some therapists to people who are too focused on their appearance. People who have gone through the mirror fast have said that they were able to see themselves more clearly, and have felt a sense of serenity.

A recent online poll on votetrends asked its users how long they could last without seeing themselves in the mirror, and most voters replied only less than a day. 

How long would you last a "mirror fast"?



Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Caffeinated Productivity


Beverages with caffeine offer the person consuming them a boost of energy. Whether it be tea, coffee, or energy drinks, people who drink these caffeinated drinks to get an added "push" to get through an activity or the end of a long day. Many employers see the benefit of offering free coffee at the office. Does caffeine really increase productivity in the workplace? 

Sure the employees of such offices have access to an unlimited supply of a quick-pick-me-up drink, but numerous coffee breaks can also lead to a decrease in productivity. 

A few polls related to this issue have popped up on votetrends.com. What is your vote?

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Haute Couture






Celebrities decked in gorgeous designer gowns parade down the red carpet every year during galas and award ceremonies. They look gorgeous and walk and feel like a million dollars. Most girls want to look and feel that way and dream of owning a dress designed by one of the greats such as Oscar de la Renta, Valentino and Yves Saint Laurent.

Do you own a gown designed by a high-fashion designer? If you don't own any, would you want to own one? 




Tuesday, June 18, 2013

New York, New York



New York City. How many other cities have multiple songs written about them, and have been the stage for many movies. It's a great city, full of restaurants to please any foodie, a nightlife that is hard to beat, and world known musicals and spectacular events. It's a magical city where many people dream of visiting and possibly calling home.

Have you ever been to New York? If you have, is it your favorite city in the US? A recent votetrends.com poll showed that over 30% of respondents preferred New York over any city in the US. 


Whether it's your favorite city or not, one cannot deny that New York is a special city, filled with light and a sense of a new adventure at every street corner.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Big Bling

A time old question: How much to spend on an engagement ring?


There are many answers to this question, depending who you are and of course how much you make. Marketers for diamond companies have done a great job of making people believe that two to three month's salary should be dropped on a shiny diamond ring. Does the size or quality of the ring really have anything to do with the love a man has for his wife to be? 

votetrends.com users were asked on a recent poll, how much do you think should be spent on a this piece of bling? What do you think?




Friday, June 7, 2013

Flip Flopper

With summer heat fast approaching, many companies alert their employees to what is- and is not- appropriate for summer attire. In formal business settings, suits and ties for men and stockings for women are always required. But in most work situations, the line is blurry. What about open-toed sandals? Sleeveless blouses? Polo shirts?

Does your workplace have a summer-specific dress code? How casual is too casual?





Wednesday, June 5, 2013

CrossFit or Die


CrossFit has become quite the popular trend in workouts since it was first created in 2000 by Greg Glassman in the US. CrossFit advocates swear by the program and have formed a sort of community around the workout.

Other high intensity workout regiments such P90X (Power 90 Extreme) and Insanity have surfaced since then, and have offered regular people a chance to push themselves to their limits while working out. Crossfit, P90X and Insanity have been around for over a decade and seem to be gaining in popularity every year.





Friday, May 31, 2013

There's Always Money in the Banana Stand

Season 4 of Arrested Development, which premiered exclusively on Neflix this Monday, was one of the most highly-anticipated premieres in recent memory. But following its release, journalists, bloggers, and Tweeters alike have voiced their disappointment across the internet. For many, the genius of Arrested Development is in the interaction between the members of the Bluth family ("it's an illusion, Michael!"). To many viewers' disappointment, Season 4 instead highlights one character per episode, eschewing the structure of the original three seasons.

Do you plan to watch Season 4?  And if you've already watched it, what did you think?



Thursday, May 30, 2013

Cyberbullying


The internet is a social medium made up of groups of people, cliques and communities. This is usually a positive thing and allows sharing of knowledge and a sense of belonging for most people, however sometimes people engage in harassment and bullying.

Concern and awareness of cyberbullying has been heightened over the last few years, and multiple anti-cyber bullying campaigns have been launched throughout schools and on televised commercials.

votetrends.com users were asked if they have ever experienced harassment or bullying over the internet, and a surprising 40% of users responded yes. 



Sunday, May 26, 2013

Wacky online polls created on www.votetrends.com… part deux!



Hello voters!

A while back, we blogged about some of the wackiest online polls created by our users on www.votetrends.com. In case you missed it, you can view the polls, cast your vote, and see the results in real-time here!

Since that time, we have seen some preeeeeetty interesting poll questions pop-up within the online polling community at votetrends. So we thought that we’d do a follow-up and share some of that polling pandemonium with you! So without further ado, here is a top 5 list of wacky online polls created by you, the users, part deux.

DO YOU KNOW HOW TO "DOUGIE"?

TODAY IS PI DAY (3.14)! HOW MANY DIGITS AFTER THE DECIMAL POINT DO YOU KNOW FROM MEMORY?


HAVE YOU EVER TAKEN THE FUNG WAH BUS?


DOST THOU EVEN HOIST?


WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE MAINSTREAM ANIME


Let us know what you think by voting and commenting on these polls. Log onto the website here.

As always, have a happy week, and keep those polls coming!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

All work and no play?

Following the global financial crisis of 2008, more men were left unemployed than women- earning the period from 2008-2012 the nickname "The Great Mancession".  But as of January 2013, the unemployment rate for women has once again surpassed the unemployment rate for men.  As more men are re-entering the workforce and more women are leaving it, how is this shift affecting a family's emotional and mental well-being?

Two recent votetrends online polls ask this question from differing perspectives: one poll that asks which employment situation is best for the mother's well-being, and one poll that asks which employment situation is best for the childrens' well-being.  Poll results show a great divide between what we think is best for a mom, and what we think is best for the kids.

For instance, what about a stay-at-home mom who doesn't work outside the home?  70% of respondents think that is the ideal situation for the children, but only 30% think that is the ideal situation for a mother.

What do you think is best for mom and kids?  How will this shift over time?



Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Google Doodles



Google doodle

Google doodles are a fun way to commemorate special dates such as birthdays of famous artists, anniversaries and holidays. Also, anyone can have a quick history lesson just by opening the Google homepage.

The doodles came to be in 1998 when Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin played around with the Google logo to display on the homepage during the “Burning Man” festival in the Nevada desert. Since then, a team of talented illustrators and engineers has created over 1000 doodles for Google homepages all over the world.

How often do you guess correctly what or who the Google doodle is in honor of? votetrends.com users were asked this very question on a recent poll, and the majority of respondents said they sometimes guessed correctly.



How often do you accurately guess Google doodles?

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

One-way ticket to Mars?



Would you sign up for a free one-way ticket to Mars? A Dutch company called Mars One is currently looking for people who want to spend the rest of their lives, and eventually die, on Mars. Their mission is to set up a permanent human settlement on the planet, and is inviting people to apply to become a Mars astronaut. Flights departing to the red plant are scheduled for 2022 and will last about seven months.



Would you consider being being part of this new human settlement on the foreign planet? votetrends.com users were asked in a recent poll if they would want to live the rest of their lives living on Mars. What is your vote?


Would you consider spending the rest of your life living on Mars?

Sunday, May 5, 2013

To Facebook... or NOT to Facebook

Facebook has come under tremendous amounts of scrutiny in the past week. Critics have been questioning the long-standing profitability of its advertising capabilities, the viability of the profitability of its mobile offering among users, and even the value of its Facebook "fans".

Facebook officially hit the 1 billion user mark back in late 2012. Analysts estimate the average value of a Facebook fan to be around $174.17 — a 28 percent increase since 2010.

Has Facebook gotten it's last like?


With all that said and done, Facebook seems to have slowed in momentum over the past months. They have been focusing more on the monetization of their platform through better mobile advertisements, and less on user experience development. The latest weapon Facebook unveiled, Facebook Home, represents a push towards taking the Facebook experience to the next level. The jury is still out on whether this new innovation in the smartphone market will help curb further user penetration and drive the total user base upwards.

Time will tell whether Facebook continues to grow, with other digital networks such as Google+ and Pinterest trying to encroach in its space. Methinks that 2013-2014 will be make or break for the social media giant!

In the meantime, enjoy a fun and interesting online poll one of our users posted on votetrends.com:

Are you Facebook friends with your parents?

Have a good one!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Americans with passports

Of the 311 million-plus citizens in the United States, only 30% have passports. Does this mean Americans do not care about other countries and other cultures? 



This number is surprising, however until 2007, Americans did not need a passport to enter Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean islands. That is quite a few countries to visit without having the need for a passport. Now that this rule no longer applies, do you think many more Americans will finally apply for a passport? A recent votetrends.com poll asked users if in five years from now, the percentage of passport holders will increase or decrease. About 60% of voters said that this number will stay the same. 


What do you think?

Friday, April 26, 2013

Trendy foods

Today it's the gourmet cupcake. Yesterday it was bacon and the acai berry. The trendsetters among us have long been concerned with designer fashion, but nowadays, it seems that chomping on trendy foods has taken over! Even huge companies are jumping on the bandwagon, with items like Lay's Sriracha potato chips and Yoplait greek yogurt in grocery stores across the country.

How likely are you to try a trendy new food? Click below to vote!



Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Celebrity: To be, or not to be

Many people dream of becoming a celebrity. It would be silly to say no to fame and fortune if it knocks on your door. But is it really all that glamorous? Living in the spotlight is not an easy thing to do. Celebrities have to deal with having their every move tracked and photographed, and even extensively criticized. To some celebrities, being in the spotlight has been the cause of their downfall. Is this a fair price to pay for being a celebrity?


A recent poll on votetrends.com asked the simple question: Do you want to be famous? Only 35% of voters responded that they would love to be famous.


What would your vote be?



Monday, April 22, 2013

PS4, Xbox720 and Ouya next-generation video-gaming

Video gamers across the globe have been anticipating the release of Sony's next generation of console video-gaming PS4 by the end of 2013 or early 2014. The 2013 Holiday season will be a crucial time for Sony to cannibalize sales at the most profitable time of the year if they can pull off a successful release.

Microsoft, meanwhile, has been silent to discuss the release of their next-gen console, 'Xbox 720'. There has also been a lot of discussion around the release of an open-source console called 'Ouya', that found funding through a successful Kickstarter campaign. Ouya is scheduled to hit shelves (Amazon is a huge supporter of the project) in June, with many developers already on board to produce high-profile games.

We set out to ask votetrends' user community which original video gaming console they like the most. The results have been really interesting!


WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE VIDEO GAME SYSTEM?

The legendary Nintendo system was voted as the most liked system, with the Playstation coming in a close second.

Which is your favourite gaming system? Are you excited about the PS4, Xbox 720 and Ouya launches?

 Vote here and let us know what you think!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Too Graphic for the Public?

Newspapers and televised news broadcasts have been running disturbing images related to shocking news events. Some journalists say powerful, graphic photographs and videos allow viewers to see the depth of the tragedy and foster support for the victims. However, to some viewers, these images are insensitive and simply disturbing.

After the recent Boston Marathon bombing, many graphic photographs have surfaced in news outlets. In a recent votetrends online poll, users were asked if it was appropriate for the media to publish such photos. Approximately 80% of voters responded that it was appropriate, and that it is important to show the true nature of what happened. 




What do you think?  

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Our fair city


We at votetrendsespecially the Boston-based members of the teamhave been deeply affected by yesterday's tragedy. Hearing ambulance after ambulance wail by, knowing that dear friends and loved ones were at the finish line, was a horrible experience. Our hearts go out to all who have been affected by this senseless act.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Are you an 'early bird' or a 'night owl'?

Whether you're a college student, work the 9 to 5 grind, or are an ever-lasting homebody, sleeping has become an integral part of the mental well-being of the human race. Sounds dramatic, doesn't it? Well, we were curious, and set out to survey the votetrends.com online poll community on whether they classified themselves as 'early birds' or a 'night owls'.

Are you a Night Owl?
Or an early bird?













We had an impressive response rate, and the results of the online survey are really interesting: As of today, 27% of online poll respondents said that they are Early Birds. The majority (51%) of respondents declared themselves as night owls. Oddly enough, 20% did casually describe themselves to be of Vampiric nature. My only thought with that last stat is...Yay for team Edward!

votetrends online poll: are you an early bird or a night owl

So, what are you?

Vote here today and tell us what you think about your sleeping habits!