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  • Writer's pictureElliot Fern

5 Surveys in the news - Summer 2024

Updated: 6 days ago

We take a look at surveys in the news from what Donald Trump's conviction means for the American election, how Nintendo is engaging with fans to improve its latest offering and understanding what is considered poor etiquette in the game of golf.




  1. Trump down and out? In exit polls conducted during the Republican primaries this winter, numbers of voters said that they would not vote for the former president if he were convicted of a felony. Donald Trump has been convicted on all 34 counts of falsifying business records in his historic criminal trial in New York. It is the first time a former or serving US president has been convicted of a crime. He will be sentenced on 11 July - the ex-president could face prison, but legal experts say a fine is the more likely outcome/ An April survey by Ipsos and ABC News found that 16% of those backing Trump would reconsider their support in such a situation. So what happens now in this unprecedented situation?

  2. Snus revelation in professional football: About one in five male and female professional players who took part in a new survey are using snus, nicotine pouches or both. The study commissioned by the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA), also identified that two out of five had tried the pouches at least once. The report states the true usage figures are likely to be higher owing to players not wanting to disclose use, even in an anonymous survey. Of the 628 male players surveyed, at Premier League or EFL clubs, 18% said they used it, while 22% of the 51 Women’s Super League players ­surveyed said they were users. Improved mental readiness was cited as a key perceived benefit by users (29% and 55% respectively), and 41% of male players users said they used it to help relax, most ­commonly after training and matches. That ­figure was 64% among female ­players. What action should be taken?

  3. Super Survey Mario! When Paper Mario: The Origami King was released on the Switch, news began to circulate about the development team no longer being able to modify characters in the series. Now that the GameCube title Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door has officially returned, it seems Nintendo could be reconsidering its stance. As highlighted by Nintenduo, a new player survey doing the rounds in select regions is reportedly asking Paper Mario fans about unique character designs in the series. The survey asks about the "type of character" fans like the most - with one of the answers apparently being "I like characters that look like other familiar characters, but have a unique appearance or personality". This is clear with other Mario game titles including Mario Kart, Mario Tennis and Super Smash Bros. And along with this is another question asking fans which character in the Thousand-Year Door they like the most. Engaging with fans is surely what keeps them coming back - remember the Sonic movie?

4. 2 in 3 in UK study worry about end of life care: At one time we used to worry about getting older. Now it seems we worry about what we will do when we are older. This change of emphasis came out of a King’s College London survey of more than 2,000 people across the UK. Apparently, two-thirds of us are worried about access to palliative and end-of-life care, and four out of 10 think there isn’t enough palliative care to go round. How can the next UK government address this?


5. Double bogey! More than 3,800 people took part in Golf etiquettes survey around biggest pet peeves in golf... and it seems a slow and steady approach may win the race but not the approval of fellow players! 2 in 3 reported that slow play was the biggest pet peeve in golf followed by poor course maintenance and then music on the course. Here are the top pet peeves...No bother for me I am a football fan!


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