by Borderstan.com October 30, 2009 at 12:26 am 0


by Borderstan.com September 11, 2009 at 5:00 am 0

Texas uses the tagline, "Texas: It's like a whole other country," to promote tourism. (Image: State of Texas Website.)

Texas uses the tagline, “Texas: It’s like a whole other country,” to promote tourism. (Image: State of Texas Website.)

The results of another extremely unscientific, unrepresentative and unreliable Borderstan opinion poll have been tallied. The August 29 poll was about  “Texas Secession From the Union.” According to a large majority of 122 Borderstan readers, it is fine-by-them if Texas wants to leave the union. (A commenter noted that perhaps a better question would have been on whether Texas has the right to secede. It’s a good point.)

But, the question posed was, “Texas Secession: What’s Your Opinion?” and here are the results:

66% – Texas secession is fine by me (80 votes)

25% – Against it, but let Texas leave (30 votes)

9% – Never! Texas MUST stay! (11 votes)

1% – Undecided (1 vote)

Analysis: There is little enthusiasm in Borderstan for another U.S. civil war.

by Borderstan.com August 5, 2009 at 5:00 am 1,400 1 Comment

Artist rendering of the development planned for west side of 14th Street NW between S and Swann Streets. (Image: JGB Companies via DCmud.)

Artist rendering of the development planned for west side of 14th Street NW between S and Swann Streets. What kind of retail will grace the first floor? (Image: JGB Companies via DCmud.)

As of Tuesday evening, approximately 150 to 200 people had voted in the Borderstan poll, “14th St NW: What Do You Want More Of? This is an approximation as voters could select as many of the 12 choices as desired.

A total of 912 votes were cast for 11 choices plus Other to the question, What kind of stores and businesses do you want more of on the 14th Street NW corridor… between Thomas Circle and Florida Avenue NW? You can pick as many as you want.

My initial read on the results, below, of this very unscientific poll, is that respondents tend to want more food options in the affordable range (lower-priced restaurants and delis) along with places to hang (coffee houses). In addition, people would like to have more general shopping options, including clothing stores.

Noticeably, there was no excitement among respondents to this poll for more furniture stores, art galleries or clubs/lounges.

Here are the results:

  1. Lower-Priced Restaurants: 17% (155 votes)
  2. Delis & Food Stores: 16% (150 votes)
  3. Coffee Houses: 11% (103 votes)
  4. Apparel Stores: 10% (93 votes)
  5. General Retail: 10% (89 votes)
  6. Upper End Restaurants: 9% (79 votes)
  7. Theaters: 6% (58 votes)
  8. Clubs & Lounges: 6% (52 votes)
  9. Art Galleries: 5% (48 votes)
  10. Furniture & Home Stores: 4% (38 votes)
  11. Other: 2% (21 votes)

by Borderstan.com July 27, 2009 at 11:54 pm 1,515 8 Comments

What kind of stores and businesses do you want more of on the 14th Street NW corridor… between Thomas Circle and Florida Avenue NW? You can pick as many as you want.


by Borderstan.com June 30, 2009 at 4:00 am 0

Last week we asked Borderstan.com readers to choose the biggest issue facing Washington, DC. A total of 200 readers voted and “crime” was the choice of nearly one-half (49.5%) followed by “public schools” at 22%. “High Housing Costs” and “High Tax Rates” finished a distant third and fourth, respectively. Next came “Development-Related Issues” at 4.5% followed by “Local Economy/Unemployment” and “Transportation/Metro/Parking,” each with 3%.

Here is how 200 respondents answered, “What is DC’s Biggest Issue?” in this extremely unreliable, unrepresentative and unscientific survey:

  1. Crime: 49.5% (99 votes)
  2. Public Schools: 22.0% (44 votes)
  3. High Housing Costs: 8.5% (17 votes)
  4. High Tax Rates: 6.5% (13 votes)
  5. Development-Related Issues: 4.5% (9 votes)
  6. Local Economy/Unemployment: 3.0% (6 votes)
  7. Transportation/Metro/Parking: 3.0% (6 votes)
  8. Other: 3.0% (6 votes)

Some of the comments we received: (more…)

by Borderstan.com May 16, 2009 at 9:30 pm 0

The results of another extremely unscientific, unrepresentative and unreliable Borderstan opinion poll have been tallied. This past week’s online poll was “Should DC Have Same-Sex Marriage?” According to Borderstan.com readers, the answer is an overwhelming “yes,” to tune of 90% in favor of same-sex marriage. By the way, the 185 respondents is the largest number of readers to ever participate in a Borderstan.com opinion poll.

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