December 2012 Polls

What big-box store would you like to see replace the burned-out Jantzen Beach hotel?

A Walmart SuperCenter. Their blend of lots of merchandise and low prices would be so convenient. (12.57% - 42 votes)

Cabela's. The Portland area needs one of these outdoors superstores. (54.79% - 183 votes)

Kohl's. This department store is missing from the Portland side of the I-5 corridor. (8.38% - 28 votes)

Actually, given Washington's taxes, it should be a big liquor and tobacco store. (24.25% - 81 votes)

Voting is Closed

Total Votes: 334

Voting open Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:23 a.m. - Thu, Jan 31, 2013 10:23 a.m.

What do you think will be the top story of 2013?

The economy will finally take off. (26.25% - 205 votes)

Democrats and Republicans will finally begin to work together. (3.46% - 27 votes)

Washington State University will finally win the college football championship. (9.09% - 71 votes)

None of the above, but I think I'll write my own suggestion in the comments area. (61.20% - 478 votes)

Voting is Closed

Total Votes: 781

Voting open Mon, Dec 31, 2012 9:58 a.m. - Mon, Jan 28, 2013 6 a.m.

What's your health-related New Year’s resolution?

Lose weight. (42.55% - 20 votes)

Quit smoking or chewing tobacco. (0.00% - 0 votes)

Eat more healthfully. (25.53% - 12 votes)

Reduce stress. (6.38% - 3 votes)

Drink less alcohol. (4.26% - 2 votes)

Exercise more. (21.28% - 10 votes)

Voting is Closed

Total Votes: 47

Voting open Sat, Dec 29, 2012 6 a.m. - Tue, Jan 29, 2013 6 a.m.

In the wake of all the publicized recent shootings, will you apply for a concealed weapons permit?

Yes. Carrying a concealed firearm will give me and my family more security in an increasingly dangerous world. (32.15% - 127 votes)

No. The media coverage of these shootings is overblown. We're still safe in our everyday lives. (9.62% - 38 votes)

No. Carrying a weapon is no way to reduce gun violence. (34.43% - 136 votes)

I already have a concealed weapons permit. (23.80% - 94 votes)

Voting is Closed

Total Votes: 395

Voting open Mon, Dec 24, 2012 9:19 a.m. - Thu, Jan 24, 2013 9:19 a.m.

What's your plan for New Year's Eve?

Stay at home, behave, drink some hot apple cider. (60.80% - 577 votes)

Get out, get rowdy, get drinking, survive. (12.01% - 114 votes)

Other. (27.19% - 258 votes)

Voting is Closed

Total Votes: 949

Voting open Mon, Dec 24, 2012 9:15 a.m. - Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:59 p.m.

What fitness gear was on your Christmas list this year?

Workout clothes or shoes. (11.11% - 6 votes)

Equipment, such as a treadmill or dumbbell weights. (11.11% - 6 votes)

A gym membership. (0.00% - 0 votes)

New gadgets, such as a GPS watch or heart rate monitor. (5.56% - 3 votes)

I didn’t want fitness gear. (72.22% - 39 votes)

Voting is Closed

Total Votes: 54

Voting open Sat, Dec 22, 2012 6 a.m. - Tue, Jan 22, 2013 6 a.m.

Which parade float is your favorite?

1952 - Goin' Fishin' (5.66% - 3 votes)

1954 - Chinese dragon (1.89% - 1 vote)

1955 - Aladdin (3.77% - 2 votes)

1956 - Mermaids (5.66% - 3 votes)

1958 - All-America City (5.66% - 3 votes)

1961 - Neptune's world (0.00% - 0 votes)

1963 - Moby Dick (5.66% - 3 votes)

1964 - Dante's Inferno (9.43% - 5 votes)

1965 - Senior Prom (1.89% - 1 vote)

1967 - Candy Stripe (5.66% - 3 votes)

1969 - Venetian Holiday (0.00% - 0 votes)

1970 - Flight of Fantasy (5.66% - 3 votes)

1971 - Hello Dolly (3.77% - 2 votes)

1983 - Out of the Past, Into the Future (5.66% - 3 votes)

2013 - Proposal for Next Year (39.62% - 21 votes)

Voting is Closed

Total Votes: 53

Voting open Tue, Dec 18, 2012 8:57 p.m. - Tue, Jan 15, 2013 6 a.m.

Where do you get your Christmas tree?

We go to a local Christmas tree farm. It's good to support local farmers. (22.86% - 56 votes)

We go to a Christmas tree lot. It's good to support local nonprofits. (9.39% - 23 votes)

We have an artificial tree. Reusing the same tree year after year is a good economic choice. (40.41% - 99 votes)

We don't have a Christmas tree this year. (27.35% - 67 votes)

Voting is Closed

Total Votes: 245

Voting open Mon, Dec 17, 2012 9:37 a.m. - Mon, Dec 31, 2012 9:37 a.m.

In the wake of yet another tragic murder spree -- this time in Connecticut -- is it finally time to do something about the proliferation of guns in our society?

No. Guns don't kill people, people kill people. (72.15% - 2,189 votes)

Yes. Enough with the "guns don't kill people" line. It's time to protect our society against guns. (25.74% - 781 votes)

No opinion at this time. (2.11% - 64 votes)

Voting is Closed

Total Votes: 3,034

Voting open Mon, Dec 17, 2012 9:35 a.m. - Thu, Jan 17, 2013 9:35 a.m.

How do you cope with the winter blues?

Exercise regularly. (20.25% - 16 votes)

Take vitamin D supplements. (15.19% - 12 votes)

Use a light box. (3.80% - 3 votes)

Talk about how I’m feeling. (8.86% - 7 votes)

I don’t have the winter blues. (51.90% - 41 votes)

Voting is Closed

Total Votes: 79

Voting open Sat, Dec 15, 2012 6 a.m. - Tue, Jan 15, 2013 6 a.m.

What holiday treat is your biggest indulgence?

Festive drinks like peppermint mochas and eggnog. (11.65% - 12 votes)

Christmas cookies with frosting and sprinkles. (30.10% - 31 votes)

Alcoholic beverages like hot buttered rum and hard cider. (10.68% - 11 votes)

Other sugary sweets like fudge and candies. (17.48% - 18 votes)

All of the above. (30.10% - 31 votes)

Voting is Closed

Total Votes: 103

Voting open Mon, Dec 10, 2012 2:16 p.m. - Tue, Jan 15, 2013 2:23 p.m.

Do you plan to attend a same-sex wedding in the coming year?

Yes. I have at least one same-sex wedding on my calendar for 2012-13. (14.61% - 39 votes)

No. I don't believe same-sex marriage is proper and would not attend, even if I am invited. (50.94% - 136 votes)

It's unlikely. I don't know any same-sex couples who are planning to marry. (34.46% - 92 votes)

Voting is Closed

Total Votes: 267

Voting open Mon, Dec 10, 2012 10:13 a.m. - Thu, Jan 10, 2013 10:13 a.m.

Ten years from now, when we look back at voting in favor of gay marriage, most of us will say:

Not sure why this was such a contentious issue. Let everyone live their lives with those they love. (48.14% - 713 votes)

Even if I personally disagreed with gay marriage, it's really not any of my business. (11.88% - 176 votes)

I still think we have to set some standards on what we believe is right. (39.97% - 592 votes)

Voting is Closed

Total Votes: 1,481

Voting open Mon, Dec 10, 2012 9:55 a.m. - Mon, Jan 7, 2013 6 a.m.

Should public schools offer programs that point students toward specific careers?

Yes. Training needs to start young for students who someday will fill jobs in technology, engineering and health care. (57.84% - 118 votes)

No. Children shouldn't have to commit to a career path until their high school days are over. Middle schoolers are much too young to make career choices. (12.25% - 25 votes)

No. Public schools should just teach the basics and hold everyone to high standards. That's the best way to prepare tomorrow's workforce. (29.90% - 61 votes)

Voting is Closed

Total Votes: 204

Voting open Mon, Dec 3, 2012 10:40 a.m. - Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:40 a.m.

Do you think the United States will be able to avoid the looming fiscal cliff?

Yes, I think both political parties will finally be able to work together. (8.81% - 101 votes)

No, I think the political parties are too far apart. (30.72% - 352 votes)

I'm guessing there will be a stop-gap measure agreed to and the talks will continue into 2013. (60.47% - 693 votes)

Voting is Closed

Total Votes: 1,146

Voting open Mon, Dec 3, 2012 8:50 a.m. - Mon, Jan 7, 2013 6 a.m.

Would you try the paleo diet?

Sure. It seems like a healthy diet. (20.00% - 17 votes)

No way. I’d miss pasta and cheese too much. (21.18% - 18 votes)

I’ve already adopted a paleo diet. (10.59% - 9 votes)

Paleo? Never heard of it. (48.24% - 41 votes)

Voting is Closed

Total Votes: 85

Voting open Sat, Dec 1, 2012 6 a.m. - Tue, Jan 1, 2013 6 a.m.