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THE LEADING SOURCE FOR PROS & CONS OF CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES
Survey of users to help ProCon.org select which topic to research next. The eight most popular topics were (in order of preference):
GUNS: Is gun ownership an individual right guaranteed by the Second Amendment?
MARIJUANA: Should marijuana be legalized?
BIRTH CONTROL: Should women's access to birth control be legislated?
WAR ON DRUGS: Has the United States lost its war on drugs?
MINIMUM WAGE: Should the federal minimum wage be increased?
EDUCATION – CHARTER SCHOOLS: Should charter schools be publicly financed?
ANIMAL TESTING: Should animals be used for scientific or commercial testing?
GMOs: Should genetically modified foods have mandatory labeling?
VI.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.
36.7% changed their "perceptions, feelings, or opinions on an issue” based on what they learned at ProCon.org.
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."
87.2% reported that they "enjoyed their experience” at ProCon.org.
80.3% of respondents said that their experience at ProCon.org made them "want to learn more about any of the subject matter."
VII.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.
98.5% of teachers using ProCon.org reported that ProCon.org improved their students' critical thinking skills.
98.1% of teachers using ProCon.org reported that their students found ProCon.org useful.
98.0% of respondents said they would recommend ProCon.org to teachers and librarians.
VIII.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.
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.
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?
97.1% of those surveyed would recommend ProCon.org to their friends, co-workers, family, and others.
X.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:
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.
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.