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Spill the Beans: Tea or Coffee?
Who doesn't need a daily dose of piping hot goodness to kick start the day? For some, that cup of goodness is tea and, for some, coffee. The world is divided into tea- and coffee-drinkers and their love for it runs so deep that it will be safe to call it borderline addiction. To see which side weighs more crisp tea leaves or freshly grounded coffee beans we conducted a quick survey with 1,756 people. The majority of the respondents (40.72%) say that they like both tea and coffee, but if they have to pick, they'd prefer tea more. 20.62% of the respondents are only tea-drinkers, while 16.51% of the respondents can?t live without their caffeine fix. 14.46% of the respondents don't mind tea, but at the end of the day, they would love to unwind with freshly brewed coffee only. There is also a small group of respondents comprising of 7.69% people who do not have to deal with this dilemma as they are neither fans of tea nor coffee.
Is wearing a mask enough?
With the count of coronavirus cases exceeding six million in the United States of America, one can only wonder what if the government had enforced the usage of the masks correctly. What if this practice could have prevented the rapid rise in active cases? There is, however, no end to these what-ifs. What we need is a definitive answer, that too, that comes directly from the people. So, we asked 2,055 respondents whether they think it was possible to put a cap on the covid-19 cases by enforcing the correct usage of masks or was it a futile exercise altogether. 64.91% of the respondents believe there's no doubt about it that wearing masks could have curbed the cases, while 21.22% of them think that no one can know this for sure. 9.83% of the respondents have a different take on the topic as they say the government shouldn't make wearing masks mandatory. They feel the people should not be forced, in any which way, and wearing masks should be their call entirely. Only a small group of respondents (4.04%) claim that they don't really know what could have helped in this situation.
The Great Wall of Boycotting
With the current government issuing a clarion call for - 'Make in India' - the recent decision of boycotting Chinese products didn?t come as a big surprise. This corrective action was in line with their economic agenda of promoting manufacturing in India and increasing the exports from our country. So, we thought a poll was in order to gather what the nation had to say about this. Out of the 1,874 respondents we asked, 57.74% of them think this to be the right decision as they feel India should promote their own home-grown products. 17.45% of the respondents do not see any merit in this decision as India has a lot depending on the products that come from China. 19.37% of the people have a more pragmatic outlook on this subject and think that everything shouldn't be boycotted, but there should be significant cutbacks wherever possible. 5.44% of the respondents don't know whether this is a wise decision or not; it seems it'll take some more time for them to come to a conclusion.
Covid-19 -Best Actor in a Negative Role?
You'll instantly find almost every momentous moment in history captured on the silver screen. From the World Wars to 9/11 to the Indian Independence - everything has been recreated for a film or a documentary. And covid-19 has been one such life-altering moment of the century. It has transformed all the running institutions in the world, be it the political and financial ones or the socio-cultural ones. It has upturned our lives completely, destroying our daily routines. Conducting a poll on the same motion, we at Opinion Bureau asked 1,819 people whether they think movies will be made about covid-19 or not. 66.52% of the respondents feel positive about this and say there will ?definitely? be a movie on the coronavirus. 8.19% of the respondents harbour the exact opposite emotion, while 22.92% of them feel there are high chances that a documentary might be shot on this. Only 2.36% of the respondents are not quite sure about this matter. What will be interesting to see, however, will be the genre with which the virus will feature: thriller, horror, comedy, or romance!
Masks: On or Off?
The only way to contain the spread of the coronavirus in the hands of a commoner right now is to wear a mask. It protects us from coming in direct contact with the virus, keeping us safe behind our masks (or should we say shields). The issues with wearing a mask though are manifold. The most pertinent being the inconvenience of it all. It is not easy to work with a mask the entire day, especially in India, where the onslaught of heat and humidity never ends. Nonetheless, we thought we should conduct a poll to gauge what people had to say about this: are they ready to let their masks slip yet or not?
Out of the 2,197 respondents, we asked, 68.50% of them claim they always wear a mask while going out or meeting with people. The remaining respondents, however, have quite the opposite view. 8.38% of them think that masks don't control the spread of the virus, while 7.69% of the people say they can't breathe in a mask. 2.23% of the respondents believe they are quite healthy and won't get sick easily, and 1.50% of the people choose their freedom over health. On the other hand, 5.74% of the respondents feel clean air will cure the virus, while 3.28% say that the coronavirus is a hoax. There exists yet another set of respondents (2.69%) who are on the fence about wearing a mask; they don?t know whether one should wear a mask or shouldn't. Looks like the entire nation is still undecided on the debate of wearing masks!
From Being Social Butterflies to Maintaining Social Distancing
Human beings are social animals. Mingling with friends and family and having a good laugh with them gives us pure joy. And the truth behind this can be verified by numerous scientific theories. One such being the famous Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. As people, we need to feel connected, but like you very well know the pandemic is forcing us to do something quite the opposite. We have no other choice but to cut down our social life and follow the rules of social distancing. Video calling, however, is helping people stay connected in these trying times. And to see how often people resort to it, we conducted a poll with 1,952 respondents. We asked them how frequently they did a video call with their friends and family, to which 23.87% revealed that they only do one video call a day while 18.08% of the people like seeing their loved ones so much that they call them many times in a single day. 24.80% of the respondents have a quota of three to four calls in a week, while 5.64% of the people get their fill by doing a video call more than five times a week. 12.70% are not so active and do a video call only once a week, whereas 10.14% of the respondents hardly indulge in video calling with a smaller group of respondents (4.76%) claiming that they never really do any!
The History of History
Some people believe in 'rewriting history' while some feel happy is the country which has no history. Whatever the case may be, there is no escaping the fact that we all have a history. Be it a nation, religion, community, or you and me we all have a history we can't deny. The question, however, is how accurate is that history. Can we really trust our history books prescribed in our curriculums or not? Taking this subject matter forward, we asked 2,099 respondents what their take was on this. 60.79% of them think that these books do have authentic details, and they accept and learn it to the letter. 32.59% of the respondents feel that our curriculums conveniently omit a lot of information, clearly indicating their view of history being manipulated by those in power. A small group of respondents (6.62%), however, have a completely different understanding of the issue; they are of the view that there is no point talking about history. This last group, therefore, seems to belong to a more 'live-in-the-moment' kind of a group.
Travel Plans and The Pandemic
The list of things we'll all do when the pandemic is over is mounting each day. A simple stroll in the park or a hot cup of tea with friends has sadly made it to that list. Along with these simple pleasures, another thing that's missed is the love for travelling. The scare of the covid-19, however, has ruined all its charm. And, to see whether people were ready to forgo their love for travelling or not, we conducted a poll with 1,879 respondents. We asked them about their travel plans if they are ready to travel once the travel restrictions are eased or will they stay put until the virus has died down completely. 29% of the respondents are eagerly waiting for the government to show the green light so they can travel again, while 21.87% of the people won?t travel until covid-19 is over for good. 19.16% of the respondents have no other choice but to travel as their line of work demands it, and 16.07% of the respondents are quite strict about their views of not travelling for a year at least. 9.15% of the respondents will hit the road only in the safety of their cars, while 4.74% of them don't know whether they are up for it or not. It looks like that the travel industry will have to suffer a bit more until the uncertainty in the minds of the people fizzles out.
Gardening: Rooted in the heart?
Gardening is not everyone's cup of tea. It takes a lot of time, knowledge, and effort to take up gardening. It isn't just about watering the plants on time or keeping them in direct sunlight; it is about your passion for them. So, to get a better insight about how popular gardening is, we asked 2,370 respondents whether they liked it or not. As per the poll, the majority of the respondents (61.86%) have a deep-rooted love for gardening. 22.24% of the respondents like plants but don't have the right know-how to look after them, while 11.98% of the respondents prefer to lend a helping hand to their family members. Only a small group of respondents (3.92%) don't like gardening at all and perhaps prefer to admire their beauty in someone else's garden.
Human Nature Finding Peace in Nature
The lockdown initiated due to the pandemic is responsible for many changes in our lives. One of which is the restriction imposed on our movements. We are all so used to being busy in our lives that not going somewhere or not doing something fruitful, shakes up our core. Our human nature propels us to work and follow a routine for our sanctity. So, to appease this side of our human nature, many people turned to Nature for help. We noticed a pattern wherein many people started gardening during the lockdown. And to get a clearer picture, we asked 2,305 respondents whether they have also followed this path or not. 44.95% of the people responded with a resounding 'yes' ? they have recently discovered the simple pleasures of gardening. 32.28% of the respondents were already fans of gardening and have plants from before, while 15.53% of the people won't be starting to garden any time soon as they feel they are clueless on this subject. There is, however, a little hope with 7.25% of our respondents who reveal that they keep researching about it; they haven't mustered up to the strength to start it yet.
Keeping Up with Gardening
Gardening is no bed of roses. It comes with its fair share of thorns. Its daily maintenance and the constant tender, love, and care is not so easy. And more the number of plants, more the difficulties. You have to be quite a pro to handle many plants, and to find out how many people are actually pros at it we asked 2,269 respondents how many plants they have in their homes (including indoor and outdoor both). 15.82% of them have more than twenty plants in their homes, while 8.73% have more than fifteen, and 16.48% have more than ten. 9.56% of the respondents look after ten plants, 12.08% tend to eight, and 15.25% only have five plants. 15.60% of the people have less than five plants, and 6.48% have no plants at all. The verdict, therefore, seems to point at the fact that many people have got the right skill sets to keep up with the toils of gardening.
Gardening: A Hobby or Therapy?
Some relationships in life are unique. They transform and heal you without any compromises or demands. And our relationship with plants is also something like this. When we nurture a plant, it nurtures us back. It soothes us, bringing a smile on our face, naturally. And the need for this relationship in the times of covid-19 has been of utmost value. Seeking a definitive answer to this, we at Opinion Bureau asked 2,237 respondents whether gardening as a hobby has helped them cope better with the pandemic. And the responses we received has only reaffirmed our view further. 43.99% of the respondents, for instance, find gardening as a natural therapy. 36.43% of them say that it gives them a routine and a purpose when they are locked-up in their homes, with nowhere to go. Only a small group of respondents (7.38%) find maintaining plants to be a big hassle, while 12.20% of the respondents don't have gardening as a hobby. It seems, therefore, gardening has its perks, apart from the obvious beauty it brings into our lives.
Love at first sight, seed, and smell.
When it comes to plants, everyone has their favourite. Some might like it because of the fragrance it emits, some might like its distinctive colour, and some might just like the fact that it comes with a no-maintenance policy. So, to see which plant rated the highest amongst all, we asked 5,997 respondents about their five favourite indoor plants. The most popular vote goes to the soothing vibe of Aloe Vera (20.23%), followed by the elegant Peace Lily (15.16%), the draught-resilient Cacti (10.37%), the evergreen Snake Plant (8.47%), and the beautiful Succulent (8.09%). Other popular species include Monstera with 7.37% of the respondents rooting for it, Philodendron with 6.02% votes, and ZZ Plant with 5.67%. Completing the list, Dumb Cane is popular among 5.69% of the respondents, Pothos with 4.77%, and Fiddle Fig Tree with 4.47%. Only 3.70% of the respondents don?t agree with this list at all, and their favourites, perhaps, lie somewhere else.
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