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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2001 8:38:26 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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Byte_Doctor
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Message Posted: Oct 20, 2014 1:41:32 PM

ziyulu, all hybrids use some form of alternative energy, the term hybrid simply means they use more than one form of energy. Some are primarily gasoline driven but use regenerative braking and others are primarily electric but extend their range with a small gasoline engine. Still others do not use gasoline at all but I'm not sure they are available on the US market.

In any case, hybrids are alternative energy vehicles in some form or other.
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Oct 20, 2014 9:49:27 AM

I'm not sure if hybrid is an "alternative-energy" vehicle. It still uses gasoline.
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Byte_Doctor
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Message Posted: Oct 20, 2014 8:15:12 AM

Actually, given the changes in the economy and the like, having over 2 1/2 years since the last similar poll allows this one to potentially show if there are changes in the buying habits of the membership. In other words, I still like 322 for our next poll, and then 323 the following week.
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Message Posted: Oct 20, 2014 7:54:31 AM

Good catch a5. Maybe we go with a different one this week.

I think we go with this one

323, Which alternative energy vehicle did you drive most recently?
• Electric
• Hybrid
• CNG or hydrogen
• Bio-fuel
• Other
• None
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a5
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Message Posted: Oct 20, 2014 7:31:11 AM

322 is very similar to Poll 2012-13: What is the most important factor to you when buying a primary vehicle?

it is even closer to the 2007-09: What is the most important factor to you when buying a new car?
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Message Posted: Oct 20, 2014 6:43:54 AM

And again, nothing from TPTB as to why our poll wasn't picked up.
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Oct 19, 2014 11:32:36 PM

Ha - maybe they will give us bonus points by posting the poll on Monday and resetting the ticker so folks that already voted can vote for the real poll...

Of course, there will then be an onslaught of topics asking why there were two polls in less than 7 days, and if they got points for both, and if they didn't vote on the first one can they still get the points...

Na, just cut off the RUM and hope it doesn't become a regular problem.
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bugc
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Message Posted: Oct 19, 2014 11:28:42 PM

Do we have to wait for Friday to enter the next poll?

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Message Posted: Oct 19, 2014 10:19:08 AM

Cut off CC's RUM :-)
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Oct 19, 2014 5:41:41 AM

It happened again! Our poll wasn't picked up and the same one from a year ago was used.
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2014 11:00:27 PM

 




[Edited by: jrsva at 10/19/2014 12:03:13 AM EST]
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2014 10:33:56 PM

New suggestion based on content in PD's blog:

How often do you drive significantly further to get gas at a lower price?
- Never
- Rarely
- Often
- N/A
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jrsva
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2014 10:33:43 PM

I think we can simplify Z’s price poll a little; looking even six months ahead is stretching it.

When do you think gas prices will bottom out?
• Right now
• In a month
• In 3 months
• 6 months or more

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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2014 6:16:11 AM

New suggestion:

Should electric vehicle owners have to pay to charge their vehicles at public facilities?
- Yes
- No
- No opinion
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2014 6:13:34 AM

New suggestion:

When do you think gas prices will bottom out?
- Right now
- In a month
- In three months
- In six months
- In a year
- Other
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2014 11:53:56 PM


Oh sh--, I did it again. My day has seemed like a Saturday all day long so I'm totally confused. Made the same mistake a couple of months ago. Sheesh. A brain is a terrible thing to lose.
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2014 11:26:15 PM

Wouldn't you see it Sunday, not Saturday?
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jrsva
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2014 10:28:01 PM


Z, the new poll is not yet up on the Halifax site, where it is >midnight AT.
That usually means that we will get a rerun of last year's poll.
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2014 10:25:18 PM


PD’s blog today, “Americans rank MPG most important factor in buying new car,” ties in very nicely with our poll #322, which we were going to post for the 26th, and see whether GB members also rank mpg #1 by 79%.
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2014 10:18:21 PM

I know Jess was in on Friday so maybe she put it in?
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2014 10:02:42 PM


Uh-Oh, no msg from CC or any Mod about the new poll. If they did not get it the system will automatically rerun the poll from a year ago, “Have you inadvertently driven at night with your headlights off within the last 5 years?” It is unlikely to have changed much in a year.
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2014 12:25:51 AM

I’m posting this early as I’m not sure I will be here in the morning. Someone please bump this back to the top if other discussion pushes it down.

* * * *     Moderator     * * * *

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

Which of these features would be most important in selecting a primary vehicle?
• Convertible top
• 4-wheel/all-wheel drive
• Towing/hauling capacity
• Seating/cargo capacity
• Entertainment/electronics

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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2014 12:05:16 AM

Hello out there; no comments for 24 hours?! Bringing SVF’s revision to the top for discussion.

323, Which alternative energy vehicle did you drive most recently?
• Electric
• Hybrid
• CNG or hydrogen
• Bio-fuel
• Other
• None

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jrsva
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2014 11:51:46 PM

SVF makes a good point on the alternative-energy poll, namely that folks may have driven several types. Asking, “Which . . . did you drive most recently?” solves that problem.

Bugc is correct in noting that hybrids use conventional gasoline for fuel; however, I think the point of this poll is to find out about experience with something other than a gasoline or diesel ICE. That would have to include hybrids. Perhaps “alternative-energy” is not the term we need to use in the question.

I assume that the change from bio-diesel to bio-fuel is intended to include E85, right?

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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2014 11:36:49 PM

With regard to A5's comment about #322, the most recently approved poll, and SVF’s followup —

We have two polls ready to go that ask about features for a vehicle purchase. #321, for next week, mostly asks about features/options that a vehicle either has or does not have with no middle ground, like a convertible top or 4wd. The fifth answer (electronics) does not exactly fit that description. The followup poll, #322, offers choices that are more subjective (handling) or can cover a range of values (fuel economy). The two taken together are trying to get at different aspects of the vehicle-purchase problem. Both of them purposely ask “Which of these . . .” in order to limit the responses to the listed items and avoid the need for “Other.” Just my thoughts; I hope this helps.

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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2014 8:50:06 PM

There's a range of hybrids, from ones that are primarily driven by an internal combustion engine (I.C.E) but use regenerative braking, to ones that are primarily electric but which can use an I.C.E. as a range extender and for a bit of extra "Oomph", to one which is purely electric but which has an optional I.C.E. that just recharges the battery.

(And while there are diesel hybrids, I don't believe that any are currently shipping in the USA.)
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2014 9:58:22 AM

Regarding A5s comment about 322, I interpret it to assume that the responder has somehow eliminated all other considerations, including price, and that the features listed are the only differences. If you value multiple listed features, then you would further assume that each vehicle meets the minimum acceptable spec for each item you value but is better in the feature listed. It's close to how I think most approach the decision. The list has enough variety that something has to appeal to almost anyone. And, just as in life, if it's really a tie, you'd flip a coin or something if you needed the new ride.

For the alternative energy poll, I'd guess that many who have driven one may have driven several of the choices. Also, the question demands a yes/no answer as written. Regarding bugc's comment, I thought hybrids typically were electric and gasoline, such as the Volt that gave you 40 miles or so per charge before switching to traditional fuel?

I'm revising it to solicit the most recent drive, though it could also be changed to solicit the most frequent and probably in other ways.

Which alternative energy vehicle did you drive most recently?

• Electric
• Hybrid
• CNG or hydrogen
• Bio-fuel
• Other
• None


[Edited by: SUVFan at 10/15/2014 11:02:56 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2014 8:44:19 AM

In 323, hybrids do not use alternative-energy. There might be some exceptions but most common hybrids use gasoline for fuel.
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2014 7:04:07 AM

in 322, that is assuming that the class of vehicle is already a given right? because in my last purchase, we limited our search to SUVs first of all.

I remember that Larry wanted a convertible above all.

Maybe we could ask: "If you were to buy a primary vehicle today, after type of vehicle, which of the following...."

[Edited by: a5 at 10/15/2014 8:11:26 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2014 6:16:14 AM

A couple of slight tweaks:

323, Have you ever driven an alternative-energy vehicle?
• No
• Electric
• Hybrid
• CNG or hydrogen
• Bio-fuel
• Other
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2014 6:12:06 AM

I like

323, Have you ever driven an alternative-energy vehicle?
• No
• Electric
• Hybrid
• NG or hydrogen
• Bio-diesel
• Other
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Message Posted: Oct 14, 2014 10:50:09 PM

We may as well take up the other recent suggestion —

323, Have you ever driven an alternative-energy vehicle?
• Electric
• Hybrid
• NG or hydrogen
• Bio-diesel
• No

Do we need “Other” or something else?

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Message Posted: Oct 14, 2014 10:33:46 PM


Gee, it looks like we have unanimous agreement again so it goes on the Ready list.
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Message Posted: Oct 14, 2014 10:24:04 PM

The latest version of 322 is okay.
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Message Posted: Oct 14, 2014 4:12:46 AM

I like

322, If you were to buy a primary vehicle today, which of the following would be most important?
• Fuel economy
• Safety features
• Performance/handling
• Appearance/styling
• Luxury/comfort
• Price
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2014 11:27:55 PM

I agree with Larry....
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2014 11:12:24 PM

I had no objection to jrsva's 322 posted the 1th, but I did feel that if we were dropping "Other" we should add something else. B-D's "Price" works nicely.

I do agree with dropping "Other", because that doesn't really tell us anything. If the question was, "What would be the most important attribute", then "Other" should be provided. But "which of the following would be most important" lets people pick one of the provided selections even if it wouldn't be their most important attribute over-all.
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2014 10:38:06 PM


I don’t actually have a problem with “Other,” I just left it off in parallel with the other poll.
Either keeping “Other” or putting in “Price,” as you did, work for me.
Your other tweaks are fine.
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2014 12:30:15 PM

I originally left "Price" out to allow for the 6th choice of "Other", so without the "Other" choice, I'd propose it as follows (with some additional tweaking, as is my way):

322, If you were to buy a primary vehicle today, which of the following would be most important?
• Fuel economy
• Safety features
• Performance/handling
• Appearance/styling
• Luxury/comfort
• Price
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2014 10:19:21 PM

With that one in the can, here is BD’s suggestion for the characteristics poll. I dropped “Other” but it is otherwise as proposed, no discussion yet. Have at it.

322, If you were to buy a primary vehicle today, which of the following would be most important?
• Fuel economy
• Safety features
• Performance features
• Luxury/comfort features
• Appearance/styling

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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2014 10:09:32 PM


OK, thanks everyone, it looks like a unanimous vote this time. I’ve put it on the Ready shelf, marked to post for next week. (It will be an easy one for me; I can’t make it up the hill to my house for much of the winter without 4wd.)
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2014 8:55:19 PM

I also am okay with the jrsva version.
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2014 9:29:11 AM

I am fine with the change. For me, it will be a hard poll to answer, but as Jrsva said, that's life. Other wasn't a good "catch" all...
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2014 7:24:09 AM

I'm fine with the changes as posted by jrsva.
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2014 5:23:39 AM

OK let's go with that one jrsva.
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Message Posted: Oct 11, 2014 11:24:14 PM

OK, I'll agree with jrsva.
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Message Posted: Oct 11, 2014 10:21:31 PM

Z, we’ve got a second poll coming up that is designed to ask about economy, safety, performance, etc., which we have dubbed ‘characteristics’ of the vehicle. The current poll is about the 'features' of a particular class of vehicle. I suspect that some of our audience will be confused by this but that’s life.

We had 3 votes for #321 as posted and then SVF made a cogent suggestion, namely to drop “Other” and then change the question from “What feature . . .” to “Which of these features . . . ,” essentially limiting the response to the 5 features listed. I like that concept and vote for this —

Which of these features would be most important in selecting a primary vehicle?
• Convertible top
• 4-wheel/all-wheel drive
• Towing/hauling capacity
• Seating/cargo capacity
• Entertainment/electronics

We do need to specify “primary vehicle” for the reasons SVF noted.

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Message Posted: Oct 11, 2014 2:41:01 PM

I think people want different things in their primary vehicle than they would in a second, third, or if you're Jay Leno, who knows how many?

You might own a boat, a couple of wave runners, snow mobiles or ATVs. You'd need a vehicle that could tow, but not everyday.

In Ohio, convertibles are great in September on most days. Not so much other times.


[Edited by: SUVFan at 10/11/2014 3:43:57 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Oct 11, 2014 11:51:33 AM

I was going to make substantially the same suggestion as SUVFan. Whether or not something is an option, it is still a feature. Therefore simplify to:

Which of these features would be most important in selecting a primary vehicle?

Do we really care if it is a primary vehicle?

Which of these features would be most important in selecting your next vehicle?

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Message Posted: Oct 11, 2014 11:23:49 AM

We need not cover the universe. There's no reason we couldn't run another poll pitting engine performance against fuel economy head to head, which would be pretty interesting. We could include an "equally important" type response, I suppose, but I'd rather force a choice. So I'd drop other and go with this:

Which of these features or options would be most important in selecting a primary vehicle?
• Convertible top
• 4-wheel/all-wheel drive
• Towing/hauling capacity
• Seating/cargo capacity
• Entertainment/electronics


[Edited by: SUVFan at 10/11/2014 12:28:06 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Oct 11, 2014 8:01:02 AM

Since we are limited to 6 options, and fuel economy and performance are included in the other poll I proposed, I like 321 as posted by jrsva:

321, If you were to buy a primary vehicle today, what feature or option would be most important?
• Convertible top
• 4-wheel/all-wheel drive
• Towing/hauling capacity
• Seating/cargo capacity
• Entertainment/electronics
• Other

[Edited by: Byte_Doctor at 10/11/2014 9:02:18 AM EST]
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