A couple of days ago I conducted a poll on travel & the environment on my Instagram stories - thank you to everyone who took part!
It’s obviously not based on a representative sample (there were around 60 respondents in total & not everyone answered all the questions) but it’s interesting nevertheless - and at times, quite surprising!
First, I wanted to know if you felt guilty about flying: 38% said they did, while 62% didn’t. Next, I asked whether you were going to reduce the amount you fly because of climate change: a large majority (67%) said no. What I found particularly interesting, however, was that about one third of those who said they did NOT feel guilty about flying were nevertheless part of the minority (33%) who said they would cut down on their flights. It seems that guilt is not a prerequisite for action, nor does it automatically lead to it, either.
I also wanted to know whether you consider some reasons for flying more acceptable than others - 72% said they did. I then proposed different scenarios, asking you to choose which of the two activities was the better reason for flying. First, I compared work and holidays, and this was the biggest surprise for me: 62% said holiday is the more acceptable reason.
Next, I asked you to compare flying for work to flying to visit family, with 89% agreeing that latter was the more acceptable one. (Maybe the cute photo of me with my grandma meant nobody wanted to say work? 😅✨) Last, I asked you to choose between flying for work or flying for a special occasion - 76% thought that special occasions beat business travel.
Ideally, the poll would have also included the option “neither”, and had more different scenarios (and used a random sample, and explained the concepts, and been up for more than 24h, and and and.. please excuse the social scientist in me 😂) but as I said, I think it’s quite interesting as it stands. What do you think? Does any of it surprise you?