Saturday, May 29, 2010

The Worries of Society

Please participate in this one question poll, thanks...

Comments welcome below...

16 comments:

Mike said...

Interesting that with all of the environmental concerns in society today that pollution is not a concern (so far) in the survey.

Dave C said...

For me, I feel pollution is one that I have the most control over and can make the most impact on an individual level.

Adrienne Johnson said...

Dr. McKibbin, being that I am a Louisiana resident I voted that the problem that is the least of my worries is austerity. Certainly, disease (large influx of HIV/AIDS infected individuals, and cancer---mostly caused by pollution patients in LA), pollution (Oil in the Gulf of Mexico) and terrorism (Chemical Plants and Refineries, and oil in the Gulf) are the most of my worries. Paying taxes I'm use to and can handle. Nice blog. :-)

Organizational Behavior Sect 2
FIT

Dr William J McKibbin said...

Thanks for the comment Adrienne - my heart goes out to the residents of Louisiana and the entire Gulf coast...

joe said...

I am slightly surprised that terrorism is NOT on the top of this poll.

That may be because I am European... It would have been interesting to see how different continets vote.

Robert Nance said...

The results of this survey would be interesting if it was stratified by age. For example, I would guess young people may not be as concerned with illness as compared to an older person.

Anonymous said...

Speaking about “peace and safety, then sudden destruction will come upon them”. Several points are clearly missing.

War
Taxes
Death
Job loss
Market collapse

and being an American, the most destructive of all -- Government

Ken Loso said...

Well done, you made me think and reassess important values in life and compare to how others rate them.

The Critic said...

Wow.. Is pollution not a problem?! That's interesting!

I find that's the one thing that we, as humans, will never be able to cure in the future! All other stuff are!

Andrew J. Blair, EIT, MS ETM said...

A leading question. Is it not? I hate to sound like Yoda, but it is (if you feel that austerity is the least of our concerns with regard to these choices). Austerity is the least of our concerns, in fact it is necessary to work toward solving these other problems. No? Either way great poll!

Anonymous said...

I'm not the least surprised of seeing the "evenness" of the distribution results because they do possess a common denominator: They represent topical and emotional issues to all. And our responses might change but the results might be similar.

Am i incorrect to assume this?

Mika

Dr William J McKibbin said...

Hi Mika, I'm not sure yet what to make of the responses thus far. However, these tentative results in this non-scientific poll do seem to indicate that the public lacks consensus on what they worry about most. Apparently, most respondents worry less about austerity than disease, pollution, and terrorism. But again, I'm not yet sure what to think about the results. Thanks for commenting...

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your prompt reply.

Based on your experience, do you think the responses be entirely different if you polled exclusively, say, a respondents from a specific continent: I.E Africa or Asia?

Best regards,

Mika

Dr William J McKibbin said...

Hi Mika, I am not sure whether the results would be different, but democraphic tags would be useful and interesting, yes...

rammy said...

Dr. McKibbin,
I find that austerity should not be a worry but is a good thing especially financially by governments and people. The huge buildup of debt by the Bush and Obama administrations, Bush by foolish tax cuts, defence spending, corporate cronyism (Hank Pauleson) and corporate welfare and prescription drug plans, the other by Obama continuing Bush's tax cuts, defence spending combined with corporate welfare have ruined America.

Britain under Gordon Brown also ran up huge deficits, and many of the European countries have problems with sovereign debt.

Even here in Canada we have a deficit as percentage of GDP of 4.6% according to the Economist, I think that's too high.

We need austerity! Cuts in program spending combined with no tax decreases (for example here in Canada we continue with corporate tax rate cuts even though we have a deficit) and possible GST increases.

Dr William J McKibbin said...

Hi Rammy, austerity can take many forms, as in tax increases, unemployment, wage and rent reductions, and even inflation -- in truth, I am surprised that more people are not MORE worried about austerity than the survey suggests -- in many ways, austerity is more likely to touch people's lives personally than terrorism, pollution, and disease -- but, that's only my perception -- the perceptions of the people in society is the purpose of the poll -- thank you for your comment...

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