Survey Results


I. Teacher Survey
Jan. 1, 2015 - Dec. 31, 2015 - 2,056 respondents

Survey of teachers and librarians to understand how they use ProCon.org and to learn their views on whether or not using ProCon.org improves their students' critical thinking skills.

  1. 97.5% of teachers using ProCon.org reported that ProCon.org improved their students' critical thinking skills.

  2. 98.3% of teachers using ProCon.org reported that their students found ProCon.org useful.

  3. 99.3% of respondents said they would recommend ProCon.org to teachers or librarians
II. Teacher Survey
May 16, 2014 - Dec. 31, 2014 - 1,141 respondents

Survey of teachers and librarians to understand how they use ProCon.org and to learn their views on whether or not using ProCon.org improves their students' critical thinking skills.

  1. 98.1% of teachers using ProCon.org reported that ProCon.org improved their students' critical thinking skills.

  2. 99.0% of teachers using ProCon.org reported that their students found ProCon.org useful.

  3. 100% of respondents said they would recommend ProCon.org to teachers or librarians
III. Next ProCon.org Issue Website Survey
Nov. 21, 2014 - Dec. 19, 2014 - 1,273 respondents

Survey of users to help ProCon.org select which topic to research next and to learn more about our readers. The five most popular topics were (in order of preference):

  1. Minimum wage - Is a minimum wage good for America?

  2. Marijuana - Should marijuana be legalized for recreational purposes?

  3. GMOs - Are genetically modified (GMO) foods safe?

  4. Common Core - Are the Common Core standards good for education in America?

  5. Government Surveillance - Are US government surveillance programs doing more harm than good?


Other findings:

  • 56.1% of respondents were under 30, and 29.3% of respondents were over 50.

  • When asked what they like best about ProCon.org, 34.9% of respondents said "pro and con quotes" and 43.2% said "related research (state laws, studies, charts/graphs, etc.)."
IV. Teacher Survey
Jan. 1, 2013 - Dec. 31, 2013 - 1,371 respondents

Survey of teachers and librarians to understand how they use ProCon.org and to learn their views on whether or not using ProCon.org improves their students' critical thinking skills.

  1. 96.9% of teachers using ProCon.org reported that ProCon.org improved their students' critical thinking skills.

  2. 98.4% of teachers using ProCon.org reported that their students found ProCon.org useful.

  3. 99.9% of respondents said they would recommend ProCon.org to teachers or librarians.
V. Next ProCon.org Issue Website Survey
Dec. 4, 2013 - Dec. 31, 2013 - 524 respondents

Survey of users to help ProCon.org select which topic to research next. The eight most popular topics were (in order of preference):

  1. Gun control - Does more gun control lead to less gun-related violence?

  2. Minimum wage - Is a federal minimum wage good for America?

  3. Marijuana - Should marijuana be legalized for recreational purpose?

  4. Government Surveillance - Are US government surveillance programs doing more harm than good?

  5. Assault Weapons - Should assault weapons be banned for civilian use?

  6. Common Core - Are the common core standards good for education in America?

  7. Wealth Distribution - Should the distribution of wealth in the United States be more equal?

  8. GMOS - Are genetically modified (GMO) foods safe?
VI. Next ProCon.org Issue Website Survey
Mar. 18, 2013 - May 15, 2013 - 1,025 respondents

Survey of users to help ProCon.org select which topic to research next. The eight most popular topics were (in order of preference):

  1. GUNS: Is gun ownership an individual right guaranteed by the Second Amendment?

  2. MARIJUANA: Should marijuana be legalized?

  3. BIRTH CONTROL: Should women's access to birth control be legislated?

  4. WAR ON DRUGS: Has the United States lost its war on drugs?

  5. MINIMUM WAGE: Should the federal minimum wage be increased?

  6. EDUCATION – CHARTER SCHOOLS: Should charter schools be publicly financed?

  7. ANIMAL TESTING: Should animals be used for scientific or commercial testing?

  8. GMOs: Should genetically modified foods have mandatory labeling?
VII. ProCon.org Reader Survey 2013
Feb. 5, 2013 - Apr. 8, 2013 - 1,032 respondents

Demographic survey of ProCon.org users and assessment of their experience on our websites.

  1. 36.7% changed their "perceptions, feelings, or opinions on an issue” based on what they learned at ProCon.org.

  2. 74.1% reported that ProCon.org helped them to "think more critically, make better judgments on the subject matter, or see issues in a new light."

  3. 87.2% reported that they "enjoyed their experience” at ProCon.org.

  4. 80.3% of respondents said that their experience at ProCon.org made them "want to learn more about any of the subject matter."
VIII. Teacher Survey
Mar. 25, 2009 - May 12, 2011 - 1,326 respondents

Survey of teachers and librarians to understand how they use ProCon.org and to learn their views on whether or not using ProCon.org improves their students' critical thinking skills.

  1. 98.5% of teachers using ProCon.org reported that ProCon.org improved their students' critical thinking skills.

  2. 98.1% of teachers using ProCon.org reported that their students found ProCon.org useful.

  3. 98.0% of respondents said they would recommend ProCon.org to teachers and librarians.
IX. Archived Survey Results for Micro Sites
June 2, 2009 - Apr. 27, 2011 - 9,845 respondents

Following the launch of our comment system on Apr. 27, 2011, we archived the user surveys on each ProCon.org micro site.
X. Next ProCon.org Issue Website Survey
Nov 29, 2010 - Feb. 2, 2011 - 502 respondents


Survey of users to help ProCon.org select which topic to research next, to learn audience demographics, and to determine reader satisfaction with ProCon.org.

  1. The five most popular topics were (in order of preference):

    a. Standardized Tests - Has the use of standardized tests improved education in America?

    b. Cyber Bullying - Should cyber bullying be considered a misdemeanor?

    c. Genetic Engineering - Should the genetic engineering of humans, plants, and animals be pursued?

    d. Immigration - Should the 1986 law making it a crime for employers to hire illegal aliens be more vigilantly enforced?

    e. Charter Schools - Do charter schools offer kids a better education than public schools?

  2. 97.1% of those surveyed would recommend ProCon.org to their friends, co-workers, family, and others.
XI. Student Survey
Oct. 28, 2009 - Mar. 1, 2010 - 1,022 respondents

Survey of high school students to determine how students who use ProCon.org compare to students who do not in terms of club membership, leadership positions, SAT scores, and more. Some results from the survey include:

  1. 40.9% of high school students who spent more than five hours on ProCon.org scored between 2200 and 2400 on the SAT, at least 46% higher than the national average score of 1509.

  2. Students who used ProCon.org more than once were 21.1% more likely to be enrolled in Honors or Advanced Placement (AP) classes and 14.3% more likely to hold a school leadership position such as student government, club president, or team captain.
XII. Future Topic Survey
Jan. 8, 2009 - Mar. 30, 2009 - 615 respondents

Survey of users to help ProCon.org determine which topics to cover next. The following four subjects were the most popular:

    1. Health Care - 21.0%

    2. Drinking Age - 16.1%

    3. Social Networking - 12.5%

    4. Cell Phones - 12.0%
XIII. User Survey
Apr. 1, 2008 - Dec. 31, 2008 - 2,217 respondents

Demographic survey of ProCon.org users and assessment of their experience on our websites.

  1. 76% of users reported that they learned "new facts or information and come away with a deeper understanding of the issue or subject matter."

  2. 73.4% of respondents said that their experience at ProCon.org made them "want to learn more about any of the subject matter."

  3. 64.7% of respondents said that ProCon.org helped them "to think more critically, to make better judgments on the subject matter, and/or to see issues in a new light."