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If you’re interested in politics, news, debates and general information surrounding current affairs then www.yougov.com could prove interesting for you.
The site has a number of features throughout, however the main feature, which will appeal, is the surveys and votes, which are run. In order to participate you need to sign-up, which is quick and painless. Nothing too intrusive is asked, like your drinking habits, or how much you earn. Well not at this stage anyway. Maybe in the actual surveys though……..!
The surveys that are available are updated and added on a frequent basis, and typically you can expect a couple of new ones per week, though this can differ. The surveys are usually based around current affairs, and could be boring I guess if you do not care for news. The current issue you can vote on is surrounding the Monarchy and its future.
A lot of the surveys on yougov are commissioned by various newspapers and therefore when voting you can feel a sense that your responses are at least being considered and counted at a basic level.
The payment for yougov surveys is standardly 50p or 75p, although occasionally I have seen a £1.00 survey. Advertising on the site to entice new members indicates £2.00 or £3.00 per survey is possible, although I have not seen this yet.
Payment is said to be made by cheque once a member’s account exceeds the £50.00 mark. I have yet to reach this so cannot comment personally if they do pay out, however I have read positive comments of payouts made by reading other Ciao opinions on yougov.
Aside from the voting and cash generating, you can stay on this site and read various debates and views on current news stories in the Today’s Agenda section. John Humphries is a well-known TV news presenter from the past who now works for yougov and is heavily involved in the writing of in-depth articles. The nature of yougov is for the member to able to vote with their mouse, so you will always be able to vote and voice your thoughts via this section, even though it is separate from the paid-to-vote sections.
The site has detailed information of how its data is collated, processed and presented so if you’re into statistics you can go and reassure yourself that your votes and thoughts have been fairly counted!
Yougov is regularly updated, typically more than once a day, and aside from John Humphries that I mentioned, there are other guest writers and interviewees that feature. The paid-for votes are sometimes advertised by way of an email, but not always, so if you just fancy making money here, then it’s wise to check back every few days to see what’s what.
Personally, I’m interested in news and current affairs, and I genuinely appreciate the chance to vote in the important polls that yougov present. To be able to get paid for doing so is a nice bonus, and all being well a cheque will be posted before the spring!