Thursday, December 01, 2011

Polling Results with Google Maps


Danish TV and Radio company DR Forside are using Google Maps to present the results of a poll into gay weddings in churches.

The media company carried out a poll, asking priests if they were in favour or against gay couples being allowed to marry in church. The results of the poll have been overlaid on a Google Map so that readers can see where priests voted yes or no to the question.

The map is a great visualisation of the poll's results but it does need a key. I can work out that a green overlay on the map corresponds to a 'yes' answer and red is 'no' but what does yellow mean? Does it stand for undecided?.

The map reflects the answers to three questions:
  1. Homosexual couples should have same marriage rights as hetro couples?
  2. If asked, will you give your church blessing to a homosexual couple that have entered into a domestic partnership?
  3. Do you think that the Danish church needs a wedding ritual for homosexual couples?
The results were then calculated based on an average of each priest and of all the priests in the 98 municipalities in Denmark.

RED indicates that the priests answered 'no'.
GREEN means they answered 'yes.
YELLOW means they have answered both 'yes' and 'no'.
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