Smoke Signals 2017 Reader Survey


Following are the questions and responses (based on percent of reader responses) for the newspaper’s 2017 survey.

1. In order of preference (1-4), please list where you typically go for local (North Georgia) news?

  1. TV News, 37.74%
  2. Internet, 37.69%
  3. Local Newspapers, 31.62%

2. In regards to news about Big Canoe, where do you go first for news? (Select One)

  1. Smoke Signals Newspaper, 40.26%;
  2. Smoke Signals Online, 33.12% (Top breaking news, weekly blasts)
  3. Smoke Signals Digital edition, 9.42,
  4. POA Website, 7.79%
  5. Chapel Website, .0.32%

3. How much of your time is spent reading the newspaper?

  1. 15-30 minutes, 29.77%;
  2. 30-45 minutes, 29.45 %,
  3. 45-60 minutes, 18.12%;
  4. an hour or more, 13.27%;
  5. 15 minutes or less, 9.38%.

How often does someone in your household go to Smoke Signals Online? (Top Stories and Breaking News only)

  1. When there is a broadcast email, 55.19%;
  2. Multiple times a month, 17.53%;
  3. Multiple times a week, 13.64.

In order of preference (1-4), what section of Smoke Signals is usually read first?

  1. News, 86.87%;
  2. Arts & Entertainment, 5.49%
  3. Living, 4.69%
  4. Outdoors, 2.91%

In Smoke Signals, which articles and/or information do you most prefer? The top five were:

  1. Community News Articles,80.84%
  2. Current News, 71.75%
  3. Local Events, 63.64%,
  4. North Georgia News, 59.09%;
  5. Clubhouse News, 52.60%;

When reading Smoke Signals, what area would you like to see expanded? The top five were:

  1. Hard News, including Big Canoe governance and events in Pickens & Dawson counties, 60.00%;
  2. Features about People, 12.07%;
  3. Travel & Recreational Articles, 11.72%;
  4. columns, 3.10%;
  5. sports1.72%

When reading Smoke Signals, what areas would you like to see less of? The top five were:

  1. Sports 35.98%
  2. Other (please specify) 18.41% (19 of the 44 “other” responses said “like it the way it is, don’t cut anything”)
  3. Travel & Recreational Articles14.23%
  4. Columns13.81%
  5. Features about People12.55%

1.  Internet, 37.69%

2.  3. Local Newspapers, 31.62%

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