Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Ask Men - The 2011 Great Male Survey

Ask Men does a yearly survey of its readers to find out what men think about a variety of subjects - over the years, the results have often been in opposition to prevailing stereotypes about men. Obviously the results are skewed to their readers, which then means to those who own computers and spend time reading blogs about men and men's issues. Even so, it's interesting stuff to look at each year.

Who is "the modern man"? What does he look for in a partner, and does he make an effort to be romantic? How much effort does he put into his appearance, how does he stay in touch with friends and what standards of professionalism does he hold himself to? Instead of getting a social critic to tell you who you are, we decided to ask you. This summer, more than 70,000 of you (and your female counterparts) responded to the 2011 Great Male Survey and the 2011 Great Female Survey on our partner site Here are the results -- concrete data and actual numbers -- that shed serious light on how the modern man thinks and behaves professionally, romantically and in his downtime, in 2011.

Looking for even more insights into manhood? Make sure you check out our new data-driven site at, which launches August 1, 2011.
Here are some of the results for the Men in 2011 section - there are also Dating & Sex and Lifestyle sections.
Q1         Which gender is winning?   
55%         It's not a competition.   
28%         Men.   
17%         Women.    

Q2         How should America reboot the economy?   
35%         Save more money through budget cuts.   
23%         None of the above.   
17%         Revolution.   
14%         Spend more money, such as on stimulus.   
11%         Wait it out.    

Q3         Is America still a superpower?   
71%         Yes, but one that is on the decline.   
24%         Yes, as much as it has ever been.   
5%         No.   

Q4         What keeps you up at night?   
42%         Nothing. I sleep like a baby.   
26%         Anxiety about my relationships.   
23%         Anxiety about my work.   
9%         Anxiety about the state of the world.    

Q5         How do you usually share articles you've read or websites you've discovered with family and friends?   
36%         In person.   
32%         On Facebook.   
21%         Over email.   
5%         Through text message.   
3%         Over the phone.   
2%         On another social network.   
1%         On Twitter.  

Q6         How do you usually recommend purchases to family and friends?   
70%         In person.   
10%         Over the phone.   
8%         Over email.   
7%         Through text message.   
5%         Over Facebook.   
1%         Over another social network.   
-1%         Over Twitter.   

Q7         Which of the following do you consider most likely to exist?   
47%         Aliens.   
31%         Angels.   
12%         None of the above.   
10%         Ghosts.   
0%         Vampires.    

Q8         Should we increase our use of nuclear power?   
47%         Yes.   
23%         No, it is too dangerous.   
18%         No, it is environmentally unfriendly.   
12%         No, for another reason.    

Q9         Do you feel your country is prepared in the case of a natural disaster similar to the earthquakes / tsunamis that recently hit Japan?   
60%         No.   
21%         Yes.   
19%         I'm not sure.   

Q10         When is a political assassination justified?   
35%         In wartime.   
31%         Never.   
30%         When it is an act of preemptive defense.   
4%         When it is an act of revenge.    

Q12         Which type of workout do you perform most regularly?   
30%         Weightlifting.   
21%         Some other type of workout.   
18%         Running   
14%         I don't work out.   
7%         Biking.   
5%         P90X or other home DVD.   
4%         Swimming.   
1%         Personal Trainer.   

Q14         If you could only have one child, would you prefer it to be a boy or a girl?   
53%         A boy   
33%         Either or   
14%         A girl   

Q15         Which of the following superheroes would you most want to be?   
32%         Superman.   
25%         Batman.   
21%         Iron Man.   
17%         X-Men.   
5%         Captain America.   

Q16         Where do you get most of your news on a daily basis?   
73%         Online.   
12%         TV.   
6%         Social-media.   
6%         Newspaper.   
3%         Some other source.    

Q25         If you're in a relationship, is "sexting" with someone else considered cheating?   
74%         Yes, absolutely.   
14%         No, as long as no one is sending naked photos.   
12%         No, it is harmless fun.    

Q26         How did you last break up with someone?   
55%         In person.   
21%         None.   
16%         On the phone.   
7%         Via text message.   
1%         Via Facebook message.   
0%         Via Facebook status change.   

Q27         Which of the following poses the biggest threat to the United States?   
46%         The United States.   
28%         China.   
11%         North Korea.   
9%         Iran.   
6%         Pakistan.   

Q32         Which of the following characteristics best defines a "real man" in 2011?   
48%         Being a great father and husband who takes care of his family.   
23%         Being a great leader and motivator.   
11%         Having manly skills, like the ability to fix things.   
8%         None of the above.   
5%         Being charismatic and popular.   
3%         Being wealthy.   
2%         Being a great seducer and/or lover.    

Q33         Of the choices below, which female public figure are you most tired of hearing about?  29%         Lady Gaga.   
25%         Sarah Palin.   
17%         Kim Kardashian.   
15%         Lindsay Lohan.   
8%         None of the above.   
3%         Kate Middleton.   
3%         Pippa Middleton.   

Q34         Of the choices below, which male public figure are you most tired of hearing about?   
47%         Justin Bieber.   
20%         Charlie Sheen.   
12%         Barack Obama.   
8%         Donald Trump.   
6%         None of the above.   
4%         Prince William.   
3%         Mark Zuckerberg.   
0%         Arnold Schwarzenegger.    

Q41         Has Obama changed the international perception of the United States?   
38%         Yes, for the better.   
22%         Yes, for the worse.   
21%         I don't know / I don't care.   
19%         No.  

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