January 2012 Polls

When do you tackle your income taxes?

I'm going to do them right away. I want my refund! (37.24% - 54 votes)

Ask again in April. I'm putting off this unpleasant chore as long as possible. (29.66% - 43 votes)

Too late. I already filed. (33.10% - 48 votes)

Total Votes: 145

Voting open Mon, Jan 30, 2012 9:56 a.m. - Fri, Mar 30, 2012 9:56 a.m.

A Columbian story reported that taxpayers just shelled out $1 million to build a mile recreational pathway as part of a railway trail project. I'm thinking:

Just because the economy is terrible doesn't mean we should stop building nice things like places to walk and jog. (19.19% - 242 votes)

Can someone tell me how we stop the madness? What are elected officials thinking? (65.50% - 826 votes)

I can swear we're in the Twilight Zone again.... and we can't get out! (15.31% - 193 votes)

Total Votes: 1,261

Voting open Mon, Jan 30, 2012 9:04 a.m. - Wed, Feb 29, 2012 6 a.m.

Do you plan meals for the week ahead?

Yes, it saves time and/or money. (22.00% - 11 votes)

Sometimes, it's hard to keep it up every week. (30.00% - 15 votes)

No, I'm not that organized! (42.00% - 21 votes)

Other, (tell us in the comments) (6.00% - 3 votes)

Total Votes: 50

Voting open Sat, Jan 28, 2012 6 a.m. - Sat, Feb 4, 2012 12 p.m.

Do you think private companies take advantage of taxpayers when they do government work?

No, they play by the rules and make no extra profit because it's a government job. (11.03% - 117 votes)

Yes, are you kidding? The government is spending our tax dollars and has little incentive to keep costs down. (84.73% - 899 votes)

No opinion at this time. (4.24% - 45 votes)

Total Votes: 1,061

Voting open Mon, Jan 23, 2012 10:06 a.m. - Thu, Feb 23, 2012 10:06 a.m.

If Washington had a presidential primary, who would get your vote?

Newt Gingrich (9.43% - 64 votes)

Ron Paul (60.09% - 408 votes)

Mitt Romney (3.68% - 25 votes)

Barack Obama (16.20% - 110 votes)

I can't stand the thought of voting for any of these people. (10.60% - 72 votes)

Total Votes: 679

Voting open Sun, Jan 22, 2012 6:09 p.m. - Fri, Jan 27, 2012 11:29 a.m.

Do you believe in dieting for weight loss?

Yes, cutting calories is the best way to lose weight. (39.51% - 32 votes)

No, it works for a while then the weight returns. (19.75% - 16 votes)

No, any effective 'diet' must be permanent. (40.74% - 33 votes)

Total Votes: 81

Voting open Sat, Jan 21, 2012 6 a.m. - Sat, Jan 28, 2012 12 p.m.

When snow is forecast, I...

Pay attention to the forecast and get ready in case the roads get snowy and the power goes out. (33.44% - 101 votes)

Pay attention to the forecast, but don't do much to prepare. (25.50% - 77 votes)

Would bet $5 that it will be too warm and too dry to snow. (41.06% - 124 votes)

Total Votes: 302

Voting open Mon, Jan 16, 2012 10:03 a.m. - Thu, Feb 16, 2012 10:03 a.m.

Would there be any circumstances -- any -- where you would approve of a toll to help pay for a new bridge over the I-5?

Yes, I could see it. (38.03% - 777 votes)

No, it's sort of like asking if you approve of paying more taxes. (58.64% - 1,198 votes)

No opinion at this time. (3.33% - 68 votes)

Total Votes: 2,043

Voting open Mon, Jan 16, 2012 9:30 a.m. - Thu, Feb 16, 2012 9:30 a.m.

What do you think of indoor tanning?

It's harmful for your skin and puts you at increased risk for melanoma. (56.74% - 80 votes)

Excessive tanning may be harmful, but not if done in moderation. (14.89% - 21 votes)

It's great for increasing vitamin D levels. (4.96% - 7 votes)

Indoor tanning isn't harmful. (1.42% - 2 votes)

The fake-and-bake look isn't for me. (21.99% - 31 votes)

Total Votes: 141

Voting open Sat, Jan 14, 2012 6 a.m. - Tue, Feb 14, 2012 12 p.m.

Should school sports physicals include mandatory cardiac testing?

No. Heart problems are extremely rare in young athletes, and the high cost of the test could keep some students from being able to play. (36.06% - 75 votes)

Yes. Even one dangerous heart condition detected is worth the cost to all. (47.12% - 98 votes)

Yes. The tests should be required, and the schools should have to pay for them. (10.10% - 21 votes)

No. Schools shouldn't offer sports in the first place. (6.73% - 14 votes)

Total Votes: 208

Voting open Mon, Jan 9, 2012 2:04 p.m. - Thu, Feb 9, 2012 2:04 p.m.

Washington State Governor Chris Gregoire supports gay marriage as a state law. Your thoughts?

I agree that same sex marriage should be a law. (36.42% - 943 votes)

I disagree that same sex marriage should be a law. (60.22% - 1,559 votes)

No opinion at this time. (3.36% - 87 votes)

Total Votes: 2,589

Voting open Mon, Jan 9, 2012 9:23 a.m. - Thu, Feb 9, 2012 9:23 a.m.

Do you have goals to help your child be healthier in 2012?

Yes (58.06% - 18 votes)

No (32.26% - 10 votes)

I'm thinking about it. (9.68% - 3 votes)

Total Votes: 31

Voting open Sat, Jan 7, 2012 6 a.m. - Sat, Jan 21, 2012 12 p.m.

As an employee, what are your plans?

I will stay in my present job for a long time. (49.41% - 460 votes)

I should stay in my job for the next 12 months. (13.64% - 127 votes)

I should leave my job in the next 12 months. (11.49% - 107 votes)

I don't have a job but I sure would like one. (25.46% - 237 votes)

Total Votes: 931

Voting open Tue, Jan 3, 2012 9:24 a.m. - Fri, Feb 3, 2012 9:24 a.m.

Will privatizing liquor sales change your buying habits?

Yes. With liquor available at many supermarkets and at Costco, I will probably buy more. (19.60% - 68 votes)

No. I haven't found liquor to be inconvenient to buy at state-run stores. (18.16% - 63 votes)

We'll see. To me, it depends more on the price than the convenience. (34.01% - 118 votes)

No. I don't buy liquor. (28.24% - 98 votes)

Total Votes: 347

Voting open Sun, Jan 1, 2012 3:26 p.m. - Wed, Feb 1, 2012 3:26 p.m.