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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: Jul 1, 2015 6:21:06 AM

A slight revision to include our Canadian friends:

What effect will the recent IMF loan default by the Greek government have on U.S./Canada energy prices?
• No significant effect
• Short-term increase
• Long-term increase
• Short-term decrease
• Long-term decrease
• No Opinion / Don't Know
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Jun 30, 2015 4:32:00 PM

Then it sounds like A is our backup.

Thanks everyone.

[Edited by: scoutmaster at 6/30/2015 4:32:09 PM EST]
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Jun 30, 2015 1:56:00 PM

I also vote for A. NJ and OR residents can still answer the question since it says, "If you had the choice..."

If you had the choice and it didn't cost more, would you fill up at a full service gas station ?
• Yes
• No
• Undecided
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Message Posted: Jun 30, 2015 11:19:52 AM

OK, I'll go for A for full service.

Also like Byte_Dr's addition to loan default question.
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Message Posted: Jun 30, 2015 8:49:49 AM

Thank you byte_doctor for adding a "no opinion/don't know" option. Of course I've heard of it but haven't followed closely enough to speculate on its effect. BTW will it only affect U.S. energy prices or might Canadian prices be altered also?

As for the full service question, I also vote A. After all the question states "IF" you had a choice. Perhaps those in the states that there is no choice would still choose full service if they had a choice.

[Edited by: go-dog-go at 6/30/2015 8:50:44 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Jun 30, 2015 7:27:01 AM

Let's get a vote on the full service question and use that as our back up.

I vote for A on the full service question.
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Message Posted: Jun 30, 2015 7:21:00 AM

I agree to run this; however, we need a backup in case it gets rejected as the moderators sometimes don't like political debates.
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Message Posted: Jun 29, 2015 9:42:36 PM

I like Byte_Doctor's rendition.
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Message Posted: Jun 29, 2015 9:22:43 PM

Perhaps adding an option for those not paying attention to current world affairs is in order:

What effect will the recent IMF loan default by the Greek government have on U.S. energy prices?
• No significant effect
• Short-term increase
• Long-term increase
• Short-term decrease
• Long-term decrease
• No Opinion / Don't Know
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Message Posted: Jun 29, 2015 8:52:33 PM

Martinman's suggestion is timely. Let's expand it:

What effect will the recent IMF loan default by the Greek government have on U.S. energy prices?
• No significant effect
• Short-term increase
• Long-term increase
• Short-term decrease
• Long-term decrease

Yes, the decrease answers will both be likely to score zero, but it provides all possibilities.

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Message Posted: Jun 29, 2015 2:59:07 PM

ziyulu,
I would like to post a more pertinent opinion poll question for this Sunday. With the highly probable failure of the Greek government to make a $1.72 billion IMF debt payment, there is a strong possibility that it will affect both crude oil prices (long-term) and pump prices (near-term). Gas Buddy has had two blogs on the topic, on this very issue (impact on crude/pump prices).

Most markets reacted quite negatively overnight and that has continued into today to a lesser degree.

Question:

What effect will the recent IMF loan default by the Greek government have on U.S. energy prices?
• No effect
• Short-term effect
• Long-term effect

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[Edited by: Martinman at 6/29/2015 3:00:45 PM EST]
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Byte_Doctor
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Message Posted: Jun 29, 2015 2:47:51 PM

I vote A)
If you had the choice and it didn't cost more, would you fill up at a full service gas station ?
• Yes
• No
• Undecided
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Message Posted: Jun 29, 2015 10:10:07 AM

OK let's vote!

A)
If you had the choice and it didn't cost more, would you fill up at a full service gas station ?
• Yes
• No
• Undecided

B)
If you had the choice and it didn't cost more, would you fill up at a full service gas station ?
• Yes
• No
• Undecided
• N/A (New Jersey and Oregon residents)
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Message Posted: Jun 29, 2015 10:08:05 AM

ziyulu - New Jersey and Oregon then don't have a choice. And price difference for those states is irrelevant when there's no choice. The question as presented eliminates two states from the question.

And since the question has been asked before, as bugc stated - the question has been asked before. What do we want to learn?
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Jun 29, 2015 9:50:41 AM

I'm with ziyulu on this. The way the question is worded eliminates the need to have a N/A answer.
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Message Posted: Jun 29, 2015 8:58:34 AM

I think we should ask the following simple question:

If you had the choice and it didn't cost more, would you fill up at a full service gas station ?
• Yes
• No
• Undecided
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Message Posted: Jun 29, 2015 1:30:20 AM

Agreed. Keep it simple or move on to the next question.
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Message Posted: Jun 29, 2015 12:53:23 AM

This is getting too complicated and the question has been asked before. What do we want to learn?
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2015 2:21:05 PM

To include the NJ and Oregon contingent.

If you had the choice and it didn't cost more, would you fill up at a full service gas station ?
• Yes
• No
• Undecided
• N/A (New Jersey and Oregon residents)

We ran a similar poll in 2005.

If given the choice when filling with fuel, do you most often use the Full Service or Self-Service option?
Full Serve 4%
Self Serve 93%
Not Sure/It Varies 1%
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Martinman
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2015 2:11:07 PM

Again, keep it simple.

For the people that don't know there are states with "no choice" (i.e. required by law), will that not confuse some as to what's different between "no" and "no choice" and "N/A"? Since that's an issue, simply address it like this:

Would you fill up at a full service gas station if you had the choice?
• Yes
• No
• Undecided
• N/A (New Jersey and Oregon residents)

That way you already have those members "teased out" of the data.

Every time you add something (e.g. "if the price...") you increase the complexity of the possible answers and create more and more special circumstances, in addition to those you already have (people in OR and NJ).

The "would you pay more" now becomes dependent on "how much more". One cent, three cents, eight? Do you add "up to 5 cents"? 6 to 10 cents? And then it gets into being an issue between metric and imperial measurements (liters versus gallons), as well as regional price disparities (California, Hawaii vs Texas, Louisiana). Remember the speed limit issue?

So if you were doing a true survey, how would you deal with it? You ask a series of linked questions. For example - next week [you] run the simple question:

Would you fill up at a full service gas station if you had the choice?
• Yes (15%)
• No (28%)
• Undecided (57%)

Since the majority response is "Undecided" you would look for correlations in a follow-on question such as:

What factors would affect your decision to fill up at a full service gas station:
• Brand
• convenience
• location
• Price

If the majority was (No - 57%)...
• Yes (15%)
• No (57%)
• Undecided (28%)

..., you could actually use the same follow-on poll question above:

What factors would affect your decision to NOT fill up at a full service gas station:
• Brand
• convenience
• location
• Price

Again, these are broad-generic answers, but you get the idea.

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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2015 11:13:56 AM

We could turn the question around:

Would you pay more to fill up at a full service gas station?
• Yes
• No
• No Choice
• N/A
• Undecided

No Choice would be for locations that mandate pump attendants (such as NJ) or possibly where they were not available. N/A could suffice for both.
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2015 7:36:16 AM

I agree to limit it where the price is the same. I know many who would still rather to self-service so they don't have to tip, etc.
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2015 6:39:13 AM

We could use

If you had the choice and it didn't cost more, would you fill up at a full service gas station ?
• Yes
• No
• Undecided
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2015 1:00:44 AM

I agree that scoutmaster's is the cleanest, but I think we need the "if it didn't cost more" choice

Regarding Martinman's point - "not a brand I use", "in a bad neighborhood", etc. might be a reason for someone to not fill up someplace regardless of whether it were self-serve or full service. But price is a factor that could be relevant to the difference - I've seen places that charge significantly higher for having an attendant pump the gas than for self-service.

If you had the choice, would you fill up at a full service gas station ?
• Yes
• No
• Undecided
• Only if it didn't cost more
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Message Posted: Jun 27, 2015 11:53:50 PM

scoutmaster's version has the best grammar and reads the cleanest.
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Message Posted: Jun 27, 2015 1:09:44 PM

How about

If you had the choice, would you fill up at a full service gas station ?
• Yes
• No
• Undecided
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Message Posted: Jun 27, 2015 11:44:53 AM

Changing the question hits the mark. But I think you need to keep the answers simple, versus adding conditional options.

Would you fill up at a full service gas station if you had the choice?
• Yes
• No
• Undecided

Otherwise, I can see the arguments now...

- but what it's not a brand I use
- it's in a bad neighborhood
- the place looks filthy

Keep it simple, let the "other" possible reasons come out in the topic discussion.
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Message Posted: Jun 27, 2015 10:07:19 AM

The question asks "IF you had the choice" and then one answer in the answer set says "I have no choice" But we're asking (if I understand correctly) whether they would IF they did have the choice.

What about changing "will" to "would" and then getting rid of "I have no choice" and N/A?

Would you fill up at a full service gas station if you had the choice?
~ yes
~ no
~ only if it didn't cost more.
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Message Posted: Jun 27, 2015 9:49:04 AM

Will you fill up at a full-service gas station if you had a choice?
- Yes
- No
- I have no choice
- If it didn't cost more
- N/A
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Message Posted: Jun 27, 2015 7:36:22 AM

New suggestion:

Will you fill up at a full-service gas station if you had a choice?
- Yes
- No
- I have no choice
- N/A
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Message Posted: Jun 26, 2015 4:53:45 PM

Entered. Thank you.
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Message Posted: Jun 26, 2015 2:18:42 PM

*** Moderator ***

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

The last time your vehicle was towed, what was the reason?
• Accident
• Mechanical problem
• Electrical problem
• Parking violation
• Other
• Never been towed
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Message Posted: Jun 26, 2015 2:18:17 PM

Yes, I agree with the change.
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Message Posted: Jun 26, 2015 12:48:21 PM

A little late to propose a change, but cover all bases (e.g. fire) with:

The last time your vehicle was towed, what was the reason?
• Accident
• Mechanical problem
• Electrical problem
• Parking violation
• Other
• Never been towed
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Message Posted: Jun 26, 2015 7:15:35 AM

*** Moderator ***

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

The last time your vehicle was towed, what was the reason?
• Accident
• Mechanical problem
• Electrical problem
• Parking violation
• Other violation
• Never been towed
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Message Posted: Jun 26, 2015 7:14:55 AM

I also vote for B, but what if we compromise by rewording the question?

Assuming the driverless vehicle has all the features one desires, would you be interested in driverless vehicles when they become available?
• Yes
• No
• Undecided
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Message Posted: Jun 26, 2015 12:42:10 AM

Coincidentally, in today's news:

Google starts road tests of new self-driving car prototypes
[...]
Although the prototypes are designed to work without a steering wheel or pedals, safety drivers will have a removable steering wheel, accelerator pedal and brake pedal during the test phase in case they need to take over driving.
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Message Posted: Jun 26, 2015 12:27:35 AM

A.
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Message Posted: Jun 25, 2015 11:39:19 PM

The reason I chose A is I know a lot of folks that enjoy driving. During the change from driving to being able to have a driverless vehicle I can see many that might want to go driverless mode during the work week commute but not ready to give up full control and want to actually feel the control on a Sunday drive.
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Message Posted: Jun 25, 2015 10:22:12 PM

B.

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Message Posted: Jun 25, 2015 8:14:19 AM

A.
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Message Posted: Jun 25, 2015 7:24:45 AM

I vote B)
Would you be interested in driverless vehicles when they become available?
• Yes
• No
• Undecided
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Message Posted: Jun 25, 2015 7:15:53 AM

That's simply for testing purposes. They're testing the technology behind the driverless software/hardware integration. Once they're fully confident in their solution, they'll then begin integration of "other" features to include manual mode.

The market's acceptance will be driven by what is available at the time of release, not by what was tested years ago.

How many people do you think are asking if the used car they're about to buy, has a Takata airbag system installed? The average consumers' attention span doesn't encompass much more than what was "... on TV last night".

The additional answer simply clouds the question, the question is asking whether you would or wouldn't, not the reasons why. That's why I proposed breaking the topic down into a multi-week series of questions.

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larrymarg from new york on Jun 25, 2015 at 12:25:19 AM posted:

"It's possible that people will have heard about Google's experiment with a vehicle that has no way for the person in the vehicle to take control, and they might want to answer "Only if I could switch..." regardless of the odds of such a vehicle coming to market."

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[Edited by: Martinman at 6/25/2015 7:24:01 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Jun 25, 2015 7:00:18 AM

OK let's vote

A)
Would you be interested in driverless vehicles when they become available?
• Yes
• No
• Undecided
• Only if I could switch between driverless mode & normal mode.

B)
Would you be interested in driverless vehicles when they become available?
• Yes
• No
• Undecided

I vote for A.
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Message Posted: Jun 25, 2015 6:45:37 AM

This is the last question on our ready list. If we can't come with an agreement on the driverless question, should we run this?

The last time your vehicle was towed, what was the reason?
• Accident
• Mechanical problem
• Electrical problem
• Parking violation
• Other violation
• Never been towed
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Message Posted: Jun 25, 2015 12:25:19 AM

It's possible that people will have heard about Google's experiment with a vehicle that has no way for the person in the vehicle to take control, and they might want to answer "Only if I could switch..." regardless of the odds of such a vehicle coming to market.
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Message Posted: Jun 24, 2015 7:31:14 PM

Regardless of how the question ends-up getting asked, there will have to be a "manual mode".

There will have to be a method to disconnect/discontinue driverless mode, in the event of a malfunction. No manufacture is going to intentionally subject themselves to undue risk of litigation in the event their automated system malfunctions. And it will go beyond simply being able to "disconnect" - there will have to be a warning indicator/indication and some sort of messaging system to inform the driver the car is reverting to manual driving mode, with a count-down to when the driver must take control.

The ability to "take control" wont' be an option, it will be a requirement.

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[Edited by: Martinman at 6/24/2015 7:32:13 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Jun 24, 2015 4:44:22 PM

What about changing the last answer to "only if I could take control if necessary."
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Message Posted: Jun 24, 2015 1:53:13 PM

A manual mode might be available, but I still think it needs to be part of the answers.

Would you be interested in driverless vehicles when they become available?
• Yes
• No
• Undecided
• Only if I could switch between driverless mode & normal mode.
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Message Posted: Jun 24, 2015 1:15:26 PM

I agree with ziyulu - keep it simple.

That's why I separated the topic into a multi-week series of questions. Separating "whether" you would or wouldn't, from the "why" you would or wouldn't.
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Message Posted: Jun 24, 2015 1:12:41 PM

Yes, a manual mode would be mandatory in the event of a malfunction. Aircraft autopilots all typically have a very simple method of disengaging the autopilot to allow for immediate resumption of control. These aircraft also have established emergency procedures for those malfunctions that could result in the loss of the aircraft.

Many cars already have what are called "limp modes". When OBDII codes are triggered by certain component failures, the vehicle computer locks the vehicle into a set speed range to prevent further damage to the vehicle (usually 20-30 mph). Others component faults can result in the computer commanding engine shutdown to prevent catastrophic damage.

The problem isn't going to be in switching between modes, it's going to be in getting people to maintain a certain level of situational awareness so they can assume the controls when something goes arry.

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[Edited by: Martinman at 6/24/2015 1:15:56 PM EST]
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