Online voters come out in force

By Daisy Sampson

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Almost 10,000 people logged onto the Algarve Resident website during 2008 to vote in the weekly polls, an increase of nearly 40 per cent over the same period in 2007.

Every week the Algarve Resident asks users of the website a question with a yes or no answer pertinent to the news that week so we are able to gauge the levels of interest in subjects and general opinion.

The response to these polls helps us to write about the issues and news stories that really matter to you, our readers.

The hottest topic of the year, with more than double the number of votes than the average weekly response, was related to the use of animals in circuses. 

On October 10 we asked: Should animals in circuses be banned? The response was a resounding no, with 91 per cent of the voters believing animals should be removed from circuses.

Other questions which had overwhelming majorities included: Should the EU get tough on countries breaking EU laws?  91 per cent of voters agreed on stronger penalties given to law breaking countries. While the question for September 3 saw 90 per cent of voters agreeing that there should be harder penalties on parents who misbehave in front of their children while on holiday.

Editor of the Algarve Resident, Inês Lopes, said: “We are very pleased with the response from online readers through the year.  We run the polls to try and interact with our readers both in Portugal and worldwide and I believe that the ongoing popularity of our online poll and website is sure to increase with the new look site.”

In line with the revamping of the Algarve Resident, the official website also received an overhaul on January 1 making it quicker and easier to use and following the style of other multinational newspapers around the world.

“Using the new look website is the perfect way to keep in touch with us at the Algarve Resident, we are always keen to hear feedback from our readers and contacting us via the website has never been so easy,” said Inês Lopes.

To take part in the Algarve Resident weekly online poll, please visit our new-look site at

Find both current stories or take advantage of the comprehensive archive function; either way it is the perfect way to keep in touch with what’s going on in the Algarve, wherever you are in the world.

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