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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2001 9:38:26 PM

On GasBuddy, there are two types of polls. Polls about fuel, fuel prices, vehicles, driving, etc. are called Opinion Polls. New Opinion Polls are created each week, and presented on the left side of the home page; members can earn 100 points each week for answering them.

Polls about the workings of this Web site are called Member Polls. The link to the Member Polls is only present when a member is logged in, but is shown at the top of every page. Member Polls are created only occasionally, when and if the admins feel the need. (No points are earned for answering Member Polls.)

If you have a suggestion for an OPINION Poll, you may post it here for the admins' consideration; please do NOT post such suggestions in the Member Polls topic.

If you have a suggestion for a MEMBER Poll, those suggestions should be posted in the Member Polls topic, and NOT here.

[Edited by: GM at 4/10/2008 11:27:57 AM EST]
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2015 7:17:44 AM

*** Moderator ***

Here is our question for next week. Please leave us a note when you get it.

How do you feel about seat belt laws in your area?
* Make them more strict
* Keep them unchanged
* Make them less strict
* Abolish them completely
* No Opinion
scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2015 6:14:23 AM

Let's go with that jrsva.
TxJeans
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2015 1:01:26 AM

Sorry jrsva - It wasn't nice of me to joke about the ice sitting here in FL with temps in the 80s. :-D - That said, being a northern transplant, I do know about removing snow and ice from vehicles. It is just a lot easier scraping 6 inches of sunshine off my window. I wish I could send some of the excess heat in exchange for a little cold because I am afraid of what the early heat will do to the gulf and hurricane season...
bugc
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2015 12:47:36 AM

That looks good to me.
jrsva
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2015 11:26:18 PM

Are we going with this one for next week or did y’all have something else in mind?
I have not been here much this week . . .

How do you feel about seatbelt laws in your area?
• Make them more strict
• Keep them unchanged
• Make them less strict
• Abolish them completely
• No opinion

jrsva
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2015 11:21:17 PM


Tx, that's what the last answer choice (NA) is for.   ;o)
TxJeans
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2015 7:14:08 PM

Z - what is an ice scraper? ;-)

Ice...that is what I put in my drink or in a bag to put on bruised muscle... ;-)
scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2015 8:42:50 AM

To expand on the idea

Would you wear your seat belt if seat belt laws were eliminated?

> Yes
> No
> Sometimes
> Not sure

[Edited by: scoutmaster at 3/5/2015 8:43:09 AM EST]
ziyulu
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2015 8:11:08 AM

New suggestion:

How do you defrost your windows when there is a lot of ice?
- Heat the car up
- Ice-scraper
- Hot water
- Combination of the above
- N/A
bugc
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2015 12:19:40 AM

I like TXJeans' suggestion for a future poll:

Survey: would you wear your belt if Seat Belt laws were eliminated?


jrsva
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2015 12:19:24 AM


Regarding Mini’s suggestion, we asked a related question just over three years ago, Poll 2011-49, How much farther would you drive to save 20¢/gal (5¢/L) on fuel? There was a wide distribution of answers. I think we could work out something very close to what she proposed.
bugc
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2015 12:18:10 AM

I agree with SM

How do you feel about seat belt laws in your area/location (which ever we decide)?
* Make them more strict
* Keep them unchanged
* Make them less strict
* Abolish them completely
* No Opinion
TxJeans
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2015 12:15:51 AM

I am fine with it as well.
I have no problem with the more/less strict terminology or the change from location to area.
jrsva
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2015 12:12:15 AM

Upon further reading and reflection, I understand what’s going on with the seatbelt question. I still think there will be a lot of uncertainty as to what more or less strict refer to but OK, let’s go with it. The comments should be interesting on this one.

How do you feel about seatbelt laws in your area?
• Make them more strict
• Keep them unchanged
• Make them less strict
• Abolish them completely
• No opinion

Byte_Doctor
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Message Posted: Mar 4, 2015 7:25:14 PM

Agreed - this is the best version so far.

How do you feel about seat belt laws in your area?
* Make them more strict
* Keep them unchanged
* Make them less strict
* Abolish them completely
* No Opinion
Mininana
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Message Posted: Mar 4, 2015 5:04:58 PM

How much of a price differential would it take for you to cross a busy highway for gas: 1-5 cents; 6-10 cents?; 11-20 cents?; wouldn't matter;
wouldn't for any price
ziyulu
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Message Posted: Mar 4, 2015 2:26:50 PM

I agree with our original version (posted below by scoutmaster).
scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Mar 4, 2015 2:19:27 PM

I think we should stick with

How do you feel about seat belt laws in your area/location (which ever we decide)?
* Make them more strict
* Keep them unchanged
* Make them less strict
* Abolish them completely
* No Opinion
TxJeans
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Message Posted: Mar 4, 2015 2:01:48 PM

Seat belts -
Something about % of decline in use if laws removed?
Survey: would you wear your belt if Seat Belt laws were eliminated?

Or how about something along the this line --

Should there be mandated seat belt laws?
- Federal/National level - All occupants
- Federal/National level - minor occupants
- State/Province level - All occupants
- State/Province level - Minor occupants
- No mandated seat belt law
- Other
LarryMarg
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Message Posted: Mar 4, 2015 9:25:12 AM

I sort of agree with jrsva (feel better!) about the seatbelt question, but I'm willing to accept the fuzziness so that we cover "stronger penalties", "more people covered", and whatever else readers might construe "stricter" to cover.

z's version is certainly simpler, but I think it might be too simple. (Driver only? Front seat only? Everyone under a certain age? Etc.)
ziyulu
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Message Posted: Mar 4, 2015 8:26:39 AM

How about a simple version:

Do you think not wearing a seat belt while a vehicle is moving should be an offense?
- Yes
- No
- No opinion
scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Mar 4, 2015 7:08:16 AM

More strict could be everyone in the car regardless of age or where they are sitting must wear a seat belt. Less strict could be only the driver must wear a seat belt.

I think we should stick with

How do you feel about seat belt laws in your area/location (which ever we decide)?
* Make them more strict
* Keep them unchanged
* Make them less strict
* Abolish them completely
* No Opinion
bugc
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Message Posted: Mar 4, 2015 12:12:57 AM

Welcome back, jrsva. We hope you feel tip-top real soon.

By strictness, I expect issues like the penalty for not using belts, whether back seat passengers are required to be belted, under what conditions a ticket can be written, age of passengers requiring belts or booster seats, etc.

jrsva
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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2015 11:16:00 PM

Hello Folks, I’m back after a brief hospital stay. Still a little weak but should be OK in a few days. Anyway, that’s why I’ve been silent since Friday.

I’m somewhat baffled by the seatbelt question. How can a seatbelt law be made more or less strict? If such a law exists in a jurisdiction, it requires seatbelts to be used while the vehicle is in motion, right? What else can it say? Sorry to be ignorant on this but I suspect that most of our audience will be in the same position.

scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2015 9:14:03 AM

I'm fine with area or location.

ziyulu
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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2015 9:10:46 AM

I like Byte Doctor's latest version so far.
Byte_Doctor
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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2015 8:09:46 AM

I like "area", seems both specific enough and generic enough at the same time.

How do you feel about seat belt laws in your area?
* Make them more strict
* Keep them unchanged
* Make them less strict
* Abolish them completely
* No Opinion
TxJeans
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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2015 7:54:31 AM

Ah, but seat belt laws are not based on GB "local areas".
Maybe leave off location or area - or, maybe in your "jurisdiction" or just "by you"? Aren't most at the province/state level?

I am fine with:
How do you feel about seat belt laws in your location?
* Make them more strict
* Keep them unchanged
* Make them less strict
* Abolish them completely
* No Opinion

Or with using "area" instead of "location"

or another version

In your opinion are seat belt laws [by you*]:
* Too strict
* About right
* Not strict enough
* Should be abolished
* No Opinion

* alternates to "by you"
[in your state/province]
[jurisdiction]
[area]
[location]
or just leave it out...


[Edited by: TxJeans at 3/3/2015 7:55:05 AM EST]
ziyulu
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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2015 7:22:16 AM

Let's change "location" to "local area" since that is GasBuddy's terminology when it comes to prices.
scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Mar 2, 2015 9:14:39 AM

Nice tweak Byte_Doctor.
ziyulu
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Message Posted: Mar 2, 2015 7:58:23 AM

Area is more general whereas location is more specific.
TxJeans
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Message Posted: Mar 2, 2015 7:46:56 AM

I agree Byte_doctor, I like it as you tweaked:

How do you feel about seat belt laws in your location?
* Make them more strict
* Keep them unchanged
* Make them less strict
* Abolish them completely
* No Opinion

In reading up on writing questions, recommendations to lighten up on grammar. Additionally, the use of "more strict" vs "stricter" seems more common here, than in England. I don't think using "more strict" is an issue.

The answers look more balanced with "more strict" and "less strict".

I am also fine with either "location" or "area".

[Edited by: TxJeans at 3/2/2015 7:49:25 AM EST]
Byte_Doctor
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Message Posted: Mar 2, 2015 7:30:33 AM

I prefer the following (slightly tweaked to adjust the order):

In the context of the poll, I think it sounds better to use more and less:

How do you feel about seat belt laws in your location?
* Make them more strict
* Keep them unchanged
* Make them less strict
* Abolish them completely
* No Opinion
TxJeans
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Message Posted: Mar 2, 2015 7:02:41 AM

I am fine with either set of questions.

Then, if you want to go light, we could use something like this...

How do you feel about seat belt laws in your area?

* Too weak
* too strong
* Just right
* Not needed
* No Opinion
ziyulu
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Message Posted: Mar 2, 2015 6:19:24 AM

A slight revision:

How do you feel about seat belt laws in your area?
* Keep them unchanged
* Make them tougher
* Ease up on them
* Abolish them completely
* No Opinion
scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Mar 2, 2015 5:13:25 AM

How about

How do you feel about seat belt laws in your location?
* Keep them unchanged
* Make them tougher
* Ease up on them
* Abolish them completely
* No Opinion
TxJeans
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Message Posted: Mar 1, 2015 10:59:10 AM

<<<Is "more strict" proper English? How about "stricter"? >>

Technically, stricter is probably more correct - but outside the UK I think you will find many use "more strict" and "most strict".

In the context of the poll, I think it sounds better to use more and less:

How do you feel about seat belt laws in your location?
* Keep them unchanged
* Make them more strict
* Make them less strict
* Abolish them completely
* No Opinion

ziyulu
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Message Posted: Mar 1, 2015 10:42:30 AM

Is "more strict" proper English? How about "stricter"?
scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Mar 1, 2015 6:49:12 AM

Yeah I think we do

How do you feel about seat belt laws in your location?
* Keep them unchanged
* Make them more strict
* Make them less strict
* Abolish them completely
* No Opinion
ziyulu
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Message Posted: Mar 1, 2015 4:40:16 AM

For the arrest question, we should say stopped or arrested; otherwise it's confusing to have two no responses.
bugc
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Message Posted: Mar 1, 2015 12:49:59 AM

Maybe for seat belt laws:

How do you feel about seat belt laws in your location?
* Keep them unchanged
* Make them more strict
* Make them less strict
* Abolish them completely

Do we need to add
* NA / Other
bugc
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Message Posted: Mar 1, 2015 12:17:04 AM

A current Newsville article describes a false arrest. How about:

Have you ever been stopped and arrested when driving?
* Yes for valid reason
* Yes but for false reason
* No, stopped but not arrested
* No, never stopped

SUVFan
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2015 2:36:00 PM

TxJeans seatbelt and helmet questions might be timely. I saw a GB article posted today in Newsville that says Maine is thinking about getting rid of the requirement to wear seatblets.

I like Zs new subject. I'd change the question to, "Is road hazard coverage on tires worth the cost?

I'm with jrsva about the no fault question. To me, "it depends" is too vague and wide open and not responsive to the question, given the scant premise. I sense that for many, it might "depend" on who is in the accident!

A slightly different question might probe those circumstances -- I know the second choice is too long but it's purpose is to start discussion:

When should "no-fault" accidents justify an insurance rate increase?
- Always
- Not for 1st time, low damage or unavoidable accidents
- Never

[Edited by: SUVFan at 2/28/2015 2:36:59 PM EST]
TxJeans
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2015 2:04:54 PM

seat belt laws

Have we ever done one on seat belt laws or motor cycle helmets?
ziyulu
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2015 1:54:58 PM

New suggestion:

Do you feel road hazard coverage is worth it on tires?
Yes
No
I don't know
ziyulu
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2015 10:35:38 AM

Thank you, CC. We appreciate your support.
CC
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2015 10:01:39 AM

This has been entered. Thanks.
jrsva
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2015 12:05:39 AM

I’m not going to be here on Friday so here’s the poll for next week. Please bump it up if it gets buried under other discussion.

* * *     CC et al,     * * *

Here is our proposed poll for next week; please leave us a note when you get it —

Do you feel it's beneficial to bundle insurance policies with one company?
• Yes, for convenience
• Yes, for better pricing
• Yes, both of the above
• No
• No opinion / NA

jrsva
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2015 12:02:16 AM


I still do not like “It depends” but if everyone else is good with it I won’t argue the point.
Is it finished as Scout posted?
scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2015 1:52:26 PM

How about this?

Do you think no-fault accidents should justify an insurance rate increase?
- Yes
- No
- It depends
- No opinion
ziyulu
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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2015 1:26:48 PM

It depends on the specific circumstances. Like was it avoidable, or how much it cost to repair, how frequent, etc.
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