Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Overseas Exile Poll Results

The poll results are in (but I'll leave it open for a while if other folks want to answer). As I work with the Web for a living, I can make a few definite statements about online polls:
  • Response rates vary dramatically
  • Designing an effective poll is very hard
  • You don't want to make financially-critical decisions based on the results
  • Even if you trust the results, they're hard to interpret
  • They're fun
I deliberately didn't push the poll very hard as I wanted to ensure that mostly regular readers would take it. Response rates on polls are often very low, particularly when the poll is longer. I received 64 poll responses which, while not a large number, is enough for me to feel comfortable taking a few decisions about the future of this blog (if you're curious, as of last month I'm averaging 300 hits a day which isn't too bad for a brand new blog). As this is not a money-making venture (though if a TV producer wants to make a travel show people really want to watch, they should drop me a line), I'm not overly worried about making mistakes here. I'm just worried about proving information that people would really find relevant regarding regarding a plan to move abroad.
So without further ado, here are the poll results. Make of them what you will.

What country do you currently live in?
Answer# answered%
United States of America3961%
Australia12%
Belarus12%
Brazil35%
Denmark12%
France23%
Germany12%
Greece12%
India12%
Malta12%
Netherlands35%
Norway12%
Portugal12%
Singapore12%
Spain12%
United Kingdom69%

Where would you like to go?
Answer# answered%
Anywhere1523%
Europe2539%
United States of America12%
Australia23%
Canada58%
France23%
Germany35%
Ireland12%
Mexico12%
Netherlands12%
New Zealand23%
Singapore12%
Switzerland35%
United Kingdom23%

How serious are you about moving to another country?
Answer# answered%
1- Wishful thinking00%
2813%
32336%
41727%
5 - Dead Serious1625%

Why do you want to move to another country?
Answer# answered%
Adventure3961%
Economic opportunities abroad2438%
Unemployment at home813%
Political/religious oppression69%
Want a better political atmosphere3047%
Worried for your country's future2742%
Other1219%
People may select more than one checkbox, so percentages may add up to more than 100%.

How soon would you like to leave?
Answer# answered%
As soon as possible914%
Within six months711%
Within a year1016%
Within five years3250%
After five years58%
When you retire12%

How old are you?
Answer# answered%
Less than 18 years old35%
18 to 251422%
26 to 352539%
36 to 451320%
45 to 55711%
56 or older23%

Are you "skilled" or "unskilled" labor?
Answer# answered%
Skilled5992%
Unskilled46%
Unsure12%

How should government be involved in social issues?
Answer# answered%
1- Government has no role here1219%
21423%
31829%
41118%
5- Government should support the culture711%

How should government be involved in economic issues?
Answer# answered%
1 - Governments should regulate1016%
21930%
32031%
41117%
5 - Markets should regulate46%

Would you like more "opinion" posts on the Overseas Exile blog?
Answer# answered%
Yes4272%
No1628%

Since I generated these results, two more people took the poll and voted "Yes" for opinion posts.


In a later post, I'll describe how I interpret this in light of this blog. Also, for any of you Web design geeks who are wondering about the tables: I am an HTML 3 god. It ranks right up there with my mad COBOL chops. If you're not a Web design geek, that was a joke you can safely ignore.