Vanity Fair and 60 Minutes recently released a poll with random, but fascinating poll results like how 1 in 10 people thought California should secede from the United States. In second place? Texas, with 8 percent of the vote.
Judging from this month’s 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair Poll, we are a hygiene-conscious nation — made up of anything but tobacco farmers and journalists — that plays it close to the vest and enjoys, in its free time, not reading the memoirs of Republican political figures….
We said “plays it close to the vest.” By and large, Americans are a conservative bunch, in the philosophical if not the political sense. We found no panic about swine flu.
Here were some of the poll’s interesting findings:
It used to be that many parents wanted their children to become doctors, bankers, lawyers, or the president. If they had a choice, WHICH OF THESE PROFESSIONS do you think most parents would want their children to pursue now?
Everyone — both parents and non-parents — said 63 percent of parents want their children to become a doctor, banker, lawyer or president. Another 10 percent said parents wanted their children to become an Internet mogul while 9 percent said humanitarian-aid worker. At the bottom of the list were “athlete” (6 percent) and movie star or rock star (3 percent). Sadly, more parents wanted their children to become a doctor, lawyer, banker or president (65 percent), Internet mogul (13 percent) and athlete (9 percent). Less parents wanted their children to become a humanitarian-aid worker (6 percent) and movie star or athlete (2 percent). Yes, we are in a recession, folks.
Here is the secession question:
Some protesters against the administration’s health-care proposals have been seen carrying signs calling for their states to secede. If you could PICK ONE STATE TO REMOVE from the United States, which one would it be?
Like I mentioned above, 10 percent said California and 8 percent responded with Texas. Alaska and Hawaii garnered 3 percent of the vote each. “None/Not sure” got a whopping 60 percent of the vote.
Here is what we really think of Facebook. “How do you feel about becoming friends with business acquaintances on FACEBOOK?”
Sixty percent of respondents said they don’t use Facebook at all. Another 14 percent said, “Don’t mix business and Facebook,” while another 11 percent said, “Great way to network.” At the bottom of the list, only 4 percent responded with, “Only to avoid hurt feelings” and another 7 percent never even heard of Facebook. I was surprised that 67 percent of people don’t use Facebook or have not heard of it at all. It seems to be ubiquitous with its own vocabulary and even “townhall” type culture. Wow.
By the way, 40 percent of Vanity Fair readers said marijuana should be legalized, but not steroids in pro-sports (10 percent).
What interesting tidbits have you learned lately? This is an open thread so feel free to discuss what you’d like!