You had your say on start-ups, feminism and the Leaving Cert

13 Nov 2015

You had your chance to vote in our Twitter polls

Start-ups, the Leaving Cert, smartphones and feminism are the wide range of subjects you had your say on this week thanks to Twitter’s new polling feature.

Twitter introduced its polling feature late last month, with the new functionality allowing anyone to ask their followers a question through a Twitter poll, with the capability of giving them a maximum of two responses to choose from.

So, taking that functionality and running with it, we here at decided we would set up a Twitter poll a day for our more than 48,000 followers.

Two of the issues we covered this week divided opinion pretty much 50/50, with the news that almost one-third of Irish people don’t own a smartphone being a surprise to 48pc of people but not so much to the other 52pc.

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Opinions were similarly divided on whether or not Irish start-ups are facing a seed funding crisis – with that question inspired by our editor John Kennedy, who said in an article on Monday that a funding crisis is coming down the tracks for Irish start-ups.

52pc of Twitter respondents agreed with his, but 48pc did not.

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The results in our other polls this week were more emphatic. News that Politics is to be included as a subject on the Leaving Cert curriculum for the first time next year inspired us to ask whether you thought it was more important to have Politics of Computer Science on the Leaving Cert curriculum – with, perhaps unsurprisingly from our following, 76pc saying it was more important to have Computer Science on the curriculum, with 24pc plumping for politics.

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Finally this week, the #WakingTheFeminists event which took place in the Abbey Theatre in Dublin on Thursday, and which aimed to highlight the underrepresentation of women in theatre, prompted us to ask: ‘Do we need a #WakingTheFeminists movement in sectors other than the arts?’

69pc of you said yes.


Voting image via Shutterstock

Brigid O Gorman is a former sub-editor of Silicon Republic.