What's the environmental commitment of visitors to this site?

I'm always running a poll on this site, in hopes of gathering some information about attitudes and concerns about the environment from visitors to the site. Usually, these polls have a start date and an end date.

Of course, those end dates frequently sit for a long time before the poll actually stops running. This last poll ran over a year past it's so-called expiration date. I was looking for information about the specific attitude towards the environment for visitors to the site, and due to the exceptionally long run time of the poll, I had more than 30 or 40 responses. Joy!

The results don't demonstrate a lot of surprises, however. 39.2 percent of visitors are highly concerned but not active outside their own homes and 31.25 percent are concerned but now they could be doing better in their daily lives. Bang - that's 70% of the visitors to the site. On the peripheries, the rest of the poll takers were pretty evenly split between active environmentalists and people who either intend to do better later or who apparently ended up on the site completely by accident.

See the results.

I was glad to see that the smallest voting category was actually those who intend to do better later, in fact. As the adage goes: "The road to hell is paved with good intentions."

The next poll is on bicycle commuting. I'm giving up on posting an end date. I'll close the poll eventually, but what's the point of listing a date if I'm just going to ignore it?

Updated by Joe Dolson on 27 August, 2009

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Traveling by bicycle (or other self-powered vehicles) is an excellent way of combining a need for daily exercise with saving fossil fuels in your transport. What do you consider a reasonable bicycle commute? (One way.)

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