Mini Poll: Hot As Hades


How do you generally prefer to keep cool in the summer?


Air conditioning; all day, every day, pretty much everywhere:
 79%
Air conditioning, but only on the worst days:
 19%
No AC at all. Fans/iced drinks/swimming pools/something else can make it cool enough for me:
 1%
I never get hot enough to need anything in the summer:
 1%

 


What is the temperature (F) of the space in which you are answering this question right now?


In the 90s or higher:
 6%
In the 80s:
 11%
In the high 70s:
 35%
In the low 70s:
 45%
69 degrees or lower:
 4%

 


Do you know someone who does not have air conditioning at home?


Yes:
 23%
No:
 77%

 


Who feels the heat more, you or your partner?


Me:
 44%
My partner:
 35%
No partner, partner:
 21%

 


Do you generally run your air conditioner in the summer when you sleep?


Yes:
 94%
I don't know because I am asleep:
 1%
No AC:
 5%

 


What is the general type of air conditioner in your home?


Wall/Window Through:
 7%
Split Type:
 1%
Portable:
 1%
Central Air Cooling/Heating:
 90%
Swamp cooler:
 0%
Something else:
 1%
No AC:
 1%

 


Do you think that every classroom in the St. Louis Public School District should be air conditioned?


Yes:
 76%
No:
 24%

 


Do you think that garages in public buildings should be air conditioned?


Yes:
 2%
No:
 98%

 


Do you think that the meeting chamber of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen should be air conditioned?


Yes:
 81%
No:
 19%

 


Have you ever used one of the City of St. Louis cooling centers that open during extended heat emergencies?


Yes:
 1%
No:
 99%

 


Do you mind if shaded areas in some public parks are used to keep homeless people off the hot streets?


Yes:
 18%
No:
 82%

 


Are you familiar with the work of Heat Up/Cool Down St. Louis


Yes:
 67%
No:
 33%

 


What was your electricity bill at home last month?


$99 or less:
 15%
$100-$199:
 48%
$200-$299:
 19%
$300-$399:
 4%
$400-$499:
 2%
$500 or more:
 2%
I did not receive an electric bill:
 1%
I don't know because someone else pays the bill:
 8%

 


Do you think your cooling bill is generally higher than other people's, generally lower, or about the same?


Higher:
 22%
Lower:
 26%
About the same:
 48%
I do not receive an electric bill:
 1%
I don't know because someone else pays it:
 4%

 


Are you familiar with the concept of the passive cooling of living and working spaces?


Yes:
 17%
Yes, somewhat:
 32%
No:
 51%

 


Which of the following modifications to your daily routine would you be most willing to do on very hot days in order to help with air quality/ozone issues?


Skip mowing my yard:
 17%
No getting gasoline that day:
 17%
Using alternative transportation, like Metro:
 3%
Carpooling:
 2%
Biking or walking:
 5%
Telecommuting:
 8%
I probably wouldn't do any of those things:
 21%
I already do many of those things:
 26%

 


Would you rather drive a great looking car without an air conditioner or an ugly car with a great air conditioner?


Great looking not air-conditioned car:
 8%
Ugly air-conditioned car:
 92%

 


If you saw a child or pet left unattended in a hot car, would you call the police?


Yes:
 96%
Probably not:
 3%
No:
 2%

 


Note: Due to rounding, results for some questions may not total 100%.