PUBLIC OPINION > The Public Is Split on What the Smoking Age Should Be
In most U.S. states, you only have to be 18 to buy and legally smoke cigarettes. But some states like New York have raised the age to 21. Now, Colorado and Utah are attempting to do the same. But is the public supportive of 21 being the new smoking age? Or do people think 18 is perfectly fine?
Well, they’re split! While 35% of voters said 18 should be the smoking age, an equal 35% said 21 sounds more reasonable. And the remaining 30% voted “Other.” But let’s get to the details.
PUBLIC OPINION > Most People Wouldn’t Swallow a Medical Implant to Protect Their Health
Ingesting a medical implant sounds pretty intense. But apparently half of all patients take their prescribed medications incorrectly — and researchers are trying to come up with a way for patients to take the medicine they really need. One ground-breaking way to do this is by swallowing a microchip pill that would serve as an automatic drug-doser. Still sounds pretty intense, right? Most people think so.
We asked SodaHeads if they would swallow a medical implant pill in order to protect their health. About 53% of users said no. But who said yes? Let’s get to the stats.
PUBLIC OPINION > Edward Snowden Should Get a Nobel Peace Prize
Talk about having a controversial opinion… If you hadn’t heard, Edward Snowden was recently nominated for a Nobel Peace prize by two Norwegian politicians who say he’s ultimately made the world a safer place.
The American public’s opinion is more complicated. Some see him as a hero for unveiling the NSA’s private surveillance tactics to the world, while others call him a traitor for putting America’s national security at risk. Like always, how you see Edward Snowden depends on who you are. Let’s get to it.
PUBLIC OPINION > The Denver Broncos Will Win the Super Bowl
Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or are REALLY not into sports), you probably know that the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII will be held this Sunday, February 2, at 3:30 PM on FOX. You also probably know that the two NFL teams vying for the title of Super Bowl champs will be the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks.
But let’s get to the good stuff. Which team is going to win?! Well, if we’re asking you all, the answer to that question is… the Denver Broncos! With more than 11,000 votes, a solid 65% of the public thinks that the Broncos will take home the ultimate NFL prize.
PUBLIC OPINION > People Are Split on Who’s Happiest
Last week, we told you about a recent study that suggests that people with children in their home are about as satisfied with their lives as those without children in the home. In other words, the study suggested that people’s happiness is pretty even between those with kids and without.
Naturally, we wanted to take the matter up with our fellow SodaHeads, asking which group you think is generally happier: people with kids or people without? Let’s get to it.
PUBLIC OPINION > People Are Split on Whether Obama’s ‘Promise Zones’ Will Help the Poor
Last week, President Obama announced five regions in America that will be receiving help from the federal government due to current problems with poverty. The cities, now commonly referred to as “Promise Zones,” are San Antonio, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Southeastern Kentucky and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.
Though the Obama administration’s effort to fight poverty in these hard-hitting towns is definitely laudable, we were curious to see how many of you thought the new program would actually result in a more positive situation for the poor. It seems that the public’s opinion on this is pretty split. Let’s get to the stats.
PUBLIC OPINION > Most People Think It’s OK to Lie Sometimes
Last week, a question was asked to users about whether or not it is ever okay to lie. The survey explored society’s level of trust in one another and well, turns out there isn’t much. Today, Americans trust one another less than they have in several decades.
When it comes to trust, we wonder whether or not lies play a factor. Can you trust someone that has lied to you? Do people ever lie to you for your own good? As it turns out, even if Americans don’t really trust one another we do feel overall that sometimes a lie is necessary. In fact, 56% said it was OK to lie, while 30% said it wasn’t, and 14% weren’t sure.
PUBLIC OPINION > Slight Majority Says the Federal Minimum Wage Should Be Higher
A lot of debate has been going around over whether or not the federal minimum wage rate of $7.25 per hour should be raised. This is mostly in reaction to recent protests from fast food workers, as well as states such as California raising the state-wide minimum wage rate.
When we asked users here on Sodahead what they thought, 54% said that the minimum wage should be raised on a federal level. That is the majority, but not a huge one. A solid 46% still think it shouldn’t, or that the decision should at least be left up to individual states. How did results break down within certain demographics? Let’s take a look.
PUBLIC OPINION > Most People Have Re-Gifted
Now that Thanksgiving is over, all concentration is on Christmas, Hanukkah or whatever other holiday you celebrate… which means it’s also time for some gift giving. Enter the conversation on re-gifting. We’ve all thought about it and according to our new poll, most of us have even done it! Yes, 53% of SodaHeads admitted to re-gifting. So, who’s doing the recycled gift-giving and who’s not? Let’s get to the details.