The Polar Bear and Public Opinion

By Prochazka, Tomas | The New Presence: The Prague Journal of Central European Affairs, Winter 2009 | Go to article overview

The Polar Bear and Public Opinion


Prochazka, Tomas, The New Presence: The Prague Journal of Central European Affairs


Opinion polls are still an integral part of our lives, and we should continue to draw new knowledge from them. With this in mind, I present you with the results of a recent poll, which has some timely information for us. Furthermore, the poll's 3,000 participants were almost entirely voluntary.

The poll results reveal that the polar bear is currently the most popular animal in the Czech Republic. It received 39 percent of the vote! A third of the participants voted for him because they like his fur coat, a fourth like his snout, a fifth like his back foot, and the rest did not specify a reason. Conversely, seventeen percent of the population indicated that they did not like the polar bear. Half of them stated: "Yes, I strongly dislike the polar bear," and one quarter marked option "'B:' The polar bear is not a likeable animal."

The remaining respondents marked the third option: "I have nothing in principle against the polar bear, but I certainly would not like to have him as a neighbor."

Furthermore, every seventh citizen prefers the squirrel over the polar bear, and every fifth, the hare. Forty respondents stated that they were satisfied with the polar bear's white coat, seventeen percent would dye him green, nine percent would dye him blue, and eight percent believe that the bear's colours should mirror his political views. …

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