75% of the Qriously Team in London is using the bike to travel around the city. From our CEO who is nearly obsessed with his single speed to our EVP of Ops and Finance who uses his Brompton as well as a train on his commute. This made me wonder how other people in London get around and whether there are differences in other large cities around the world.
A couple of days ago, President Obama held his state of the union address. This speech is a great indicator for the most burning political issues at the time. News outlets and TV stations across the nation dissect every single word in order to derive insight on the government’s future plans. This time the President’s address is even more important as it strongly influences the hot topics for the upcoming election.
A friend was chatting about their role in the education and deployment of travel vaccines as part of a national roll out from a large pharmaceutical company. It was really interesting to hear how they try to most effectively deploy vaccines to regions around the country where they feel the need is most high and in the main, they have been really successful at targeting specific area. As part of the education process, the aim is to promote the administration of vaccines via a pharmacist, similar to the system in the US. What became clear is that whilst pharmaceutical companies are reliant upon scientific testing and research, they can also benefit from some realtime, location based sentiment.
We can add the recent 2012 Taiwanese election outcome to our string of successful political predictions. 53% of those asked in the Qriously study answered that incumbent Ma Ying-jeou would defend his presidency, beating the 47% who answered in favour of a Tsai Ing-wen upset. The actual numbers from the polls were 51.6% in favour of Ma and 45.6% in favor of Tsai. 100% of those Qriously team members asked were ecstatic about the results. read more…
Happy 2012! We’re sure glad that most people are optimistic about the year ahead. We asked 250 people in the US if they thought the economy would improve this year. The possible answers were No Way vs Absolutely on a 100 point scale. 57% or 142 people felt that the economy would improve.
Inspired in part by Jon Hendren‘s nauseating I’m-ashamed-of-being-a-human collation of tweets describing people’s disappointment with their Christmas gifts (check out the Daily Mail article), we decided to see if we could find a meaningful correlation between ‘degree of satisfaction with Christmas gifts’ and per capita income. We used this Wikipedia article for our data on per capita income of various counties in California.
Only a couple more days till Christmas – which means a couple more days for Christmas shopping and the perfect timing for a Qriously Christmas post! We had a look at what % of Americans were still not done with their shopping and what a Dear Santa letter would look like if America wrote one together…
This week we had a look at common misconceptions and their geographical distributions within the US. We did that by asking questions about widely held false beliefs. We also challenged misconceptions regarding the correlation between intellectual aptitude and latitude (i.e. Americans in the South aren’t as bright as Americans in the North). We apologize in advance if this post offends anyone, blah blah blah.
The Euro will turn 10 in just a couple of weeks and its future is all but certain. While the world is closely watching every move of the EUs finance ministers we thought it would be interesting so see what EUs citizens have think about their own currency. The EURO is not some strange investment banking product but something that is tied closely to the lives of everybody.
Over recent weeks we have gained some excellent insights into the spheres of political, economic and social sentiment. This week’s sentiment follows in the lines of the ‘just for fun’ category; after all it’s not all work, work, work! We tested our geographical and language skills to push the same question independently into two countries.