PUBLIC OPINION > Most People Haven’t Lost Respect for Beyonce
Beyonce gave a flawless, powerful performance of the “Star Spangled Banner” at President Obama’s inauguration on Monday, but it turned out that the most impressive part of her act was her acting — she lip-synched the entire song! We asked you SodaHeads if you lost respect for her as an artist after hearing this news, and it was a close vote but the majority (54%) of you voted “No.” However, while the overall vote was close, there was a clear divide in certain demographics. Curious? Read on.
Naked Photos Will Help Prince Harry’s Image
Prince Harry landed in the headlines this week when a handful of naked pictures leaked to the public, reportedly taken during a game of strip billiards at the Wynn hotel in Las Vegas. The photos have been banned in Britain, but sometimes these things actually boost celebrity images. We asked the public if the pics will ultimately help or hurt Prince Harry.
Most people agreed that the pictures will help his image, if anything. As one respondent wrote, “So he proved he is a normal guy who likes to have fun once in a while. Big f’ing deal. I have more respect for the guy knowing he has a real personality and isn’t just a royal robot.” And hey, he hasn’t had this much attention in a while. One young commenter wrote, “I didn’t even know he existed before.”
A Third of People Would Sell Dope If It Was Legal
“Deliver Us From Evil” director Matthew Cooke just released his latest documentary, “How to Make Money Selling Drugs.” The documentary follows drug dealers, celebrities, and law enforcement to get a better understanding of the $400 billion drug industry — specifically, how and why people get involved in the industry, despite heavy penalties. But we wanted to know how much of the public would sell drugs if they were legal.
Texting While Walking Should Not Be Banned
According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, 38 states currently outlaw texting while driving. But what about walking? Earlier this week, the media was reporting that Fort Lee, New Jersey, had banned texting while walking, prompting a discussion about the pros and cons of the ban. As it turns out, that wasn’t the case — Fort Lee police were merely tacking on an extra fine for jaywalkers if they’re texting while crossing the street. But we wanted to know what the public thinks about a ban on texting while walking.
PUBLIC OPINION > Keep Minors Out of Tanning Beds
Following accusations that New Jersey mom Patricia Krentcil placed her 6-year-old daughter in a tanning booth, New York and Chicago lawmakers are proposing to ban minors from using tanning booths. They hope to quell the influx of teens tanning before prom and combat an increase in skin cancer over the last decade, but putting it on the books would obviously impact the tanning business. We asked the public if minors should be banned.
PUBLIC OPINION > Time’s Breastfeeding Cover Went Too Far
Anyone who got a glimpse of the cover of the latest issue of Time magazine will have that image forever emblazoned in their fragile memory banks. It depicts Jamie Lynne Grumet, an attractive blonde mother, with her 3-year-old son standing on a chair in front of her, mouth latched onto her left breast. The caption is, “Are You Mom Enough?: Why attachment parenting drives some mothers to extremes.” Regardless of the article’s intent, the image is striking and, some feel, a little bit… provocative. We asked the public if the cover went too far.
PUBLIC OPINION > Most People Have Been Attracted to Friends
A recent study showed that guys are more likely to be sexually interested in their female friends than vice versa, but falling for a friend isn’t all that uncommon for either gender, is it? If your friend is really attractive, is there really anything you can do to avoid it? Well, we wanted to know the answer, and we wanted to break it down by demographics. So we asked the public.
Public Opinion Says Excessive Cell Phone Use Is a Dating Disaster [INFOGRAPHIC]
When we asked the public what kinds of things turn them on or off on a first date, we got a lot of different responses. But the one thing everyone can take away from this little survey is this: Keep the cell phone at bay! It’s one thing to pick up if your mom calls, but if you’re texting your best friend for advice through the whole thing, don’t be too surprised when that second date never comes. However, there are a couple of broad demographics that are (slightly) more receptive to it, and on the bright side, we’ve got the key to a good date, as well.
PUBLIC OPINION > Teen Marijuana Use Is Not That Big of a Deal
We’ve done polls on marijuana in the past, and typically voters give it the polling equivalent of a shrug. Even if they don’t smoke it or condone it, it’s not as dangerous as alcohol and not worth fussing over. But a recent survey shows teen marijuana use is on the rise — nearly 10% of teens are smoking 20 times a month or more. No wonder it’s California’s biggest cash crop! Teen use can be scary, though, as the longterm effects of marijuana use on developing brains is still unclear, and bad habits can form in those early years. So we asked the public if the increase in teen use is cause for concern.