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year_012014 began with a few very cold months which the news media dubbed the "polar vortex."
Were you affected by this weather where you live?
polar vortex
year_02Another cold experience was presented in the Disney movie Frozen. If you were anywhere near small children this year you most likely heard its theme song. Was it:
year_03Apparently over 100 million dollars was raised for the ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) or Lou Gehrig's Disease Society to support research as a result of their Ice Bucket Challenge. This fundraiser involved people challenging friends to donate to the research and/or post photos or videos of themselves experiencing buckets of ice cold water dumped on their heads. Did you participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge?ALS
year_04Do you remember that the World Cup was held this summer? Without doing an internet search, can you remember which country hosted the Cup?world cup
year_05A number of cities in the United States are currently competing to host the Summer Olympics in 2016 including Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco, and Washington D.C. (as of the time we are writing this survey). Do you remember where the 2014 Winter Olympics were held? (try not to cheat)sochi
year_06Via an executive order, new immigration policy will soon be taking effect allowing some 5 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States an opportunity to apply for a permit to stay temporarily. In most cases this is because these immigrants have children who are United States citizens. How do you feel about this new policy?

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year_07Please select a point on the scale below which best summarizes your feeling toward your local police, with 0 being very afraid, and 100 being very confident in their abilities. police confidence
year_08Have the recent police homicides made you feel less confident in the police?confidence in police
year_09Over the last 12 months, do you know of any incidents in your county when a person was fatally wounded by the police? If so, how many? police incidents in last year
year_10President Obama has announced that the United States and Cuba will restore full diplomatic relations. What is your opinion about this? cuba relations
year_11It will soon become easier to travel to Cuba for American citizens. Are you interested in visiting Cuba on vacation in the near future? cuban travel
year_12Many American companies are considering to start doing business in Cuba. Do you think this will help the U.S. economy? business in cuba
year_13And will it help the Cuban economy?help cuban economy
year_14Which economy will benefit most? benefit which economy
year_15Pope Francis appears to have an important role in bringing Cuban and American negotiators together. In general, do you think it is a good thing that the pope gets involved in international politics?pope involvement
year_16Generally speaking, do you feel you are now better off, worse off, or about the same compared to this time last year? better off this year