Polls Archive

Each year Black Rock City is raised from the surface of the desert as a result of the cooperation and participation of many. It is only by combining our collective efforts that we can create the experience that is Burning Man. As such, we invite and encourage the input and opinions of our participants about a wide variety of issues related to Burning Man.

From 2003-2008, we gathered participant input through polls. Now that there are so many other mechanisms for expressing opinions, we discontinued polling. We may start again in the future, who knows. Here are the polls we ran:



October 9, 2008 to November 9, 2008

What did you think of the size of Black Rock City in 2008?
It was way too big this year, please make it smaller  55.7%
It was big, but the size was appropriate to the population  37.1%
I didn’t notice … what are you talking about?  5.7%
It still felt like a tight squeeze overall  1.5%

Total votes: 2228




June 12, 2008 to August 12, 2008

What do you think of the new Burning Blog?
Wow. It’s a great way to stay informed!  42.3%
It’s pretty cool, but whatever.  32.6%
Pfft. I don’t see why Burning Man needs a blog.  25.1%

Total votes: 215




March 11, 2008 to May 11, 2008

Did the Green Man theme inspire you to green your day-to-day life?
Somewhat … I was already pretty environmentally active, but it gave me a bump.  55.8%
Barely … I wasn’t enviro active before, but I’m a least a little more aware now.  16.7%
Nope … I remain enviroblivious.  16.0%
Absolutely … I’ve become much more environmentally conscious.  11.4%

Total votes: 412




October 8, 2007 to November 8, 2007

What did you think of Burning Man 2007?
It was the best ever!  47.0%
It was pretty good … nothing spectacular.  30.5%
It will have been better next year.  15.0%
Hate to say it … it was lame.  7.5%

Total votes: 440



December 28, 2006 to January 28, 2007

When do you start planning your theme camp?
Soon as our car leaves the playa, we’re right back on it.  31.9%
What theme camp?  23.4%
If we don’t get it rolling in the winter, we’ll never get our stuff together.  18.8%
We kick it off in the springtime.  18.0%
We are procrastinators … we don’t hit it until summer  7.9%

Total votes: 367





September 21 to October 21, 2006

What did you think of Burning Man 2006?
What a year … it was the best ever.  62.2%
It was pretty good … nothing spectacular.  25.6%
It will have been better next year.  7.5%
Hate to say it … it was lame.  4.7%

Total votes: 731




July 19 to August 19, 2006

How do you light your art, rebar and bike on the playa?
I get ’em going with glowsticks  30.4%
I light ’em up with LED’s  28.8%
I electrify ’em with el-wire  26.8%
I light them on fire  8.7%
I just use jury-rigged flashlights  5.4%

Total votes: 878




February 26 to March 26, 2006

When do you register your theme camp, art installation or mutant vehicle?
As soon as I can!  36.2%
I don’t do any projects that require registration.  31.4%
What? Register? Huh?  18.6%
As late as I can … right before the deadline.  13.8%

Total votes: 290




December 13, 2005 to January 13, 2006

How do you feel about the 2006 Art Theme “Hope and Fear: The Future”?
Hopeful  68.8%
Who the $%*# cares?  18.1%
Fearful  13.1%

Total votes: 1112



October 26 to November 26, 2005

What did you think of Burning Man 2005?
It was easily the best Burning Man ever.  58.4%
Eh … it was OK.  23.8%
I don’t know. I took a wrong turn and ended up at Bunring Man!  15.8%
Lame lame lame.  1.9%

Total votes: 462



September 22 to October 22, 2005

How do you connect with fellow Burners after the event?
I hang out with my close Burner friends.  46.4%
I sniff the playa on my tent.  18.8%
I head to the nearest Decompression event.  18.5%
I jump on the ePlaya and connect with them virtually.  11.0%
I contact the Burning Man regional representative in my area, of course!  5.2%

Total votes: 362



July 14 to August 14, 2005

What do you do with the Survival Guide?
I read it cover-to-cover, and make sure all my campmates do, too.  52.2%
I just scan it for the new information.  36.0%
I never read it … I know my stuff. And I like to suffer.  5.9%
What’s a Survival Guide?  5.9%

Total votes: 802



May 6 to June 6, 2005

What do you think of the new Black Rock City Plan?
Love it!  41.4%
It’s cool … but it makes no difference to me, really.  35.2%
I don’t really care; it’s still Black Rock City.  13.9%
I’m not really happy about it, but I’ll deal.  7.5%
Hate it.  2.1%

Total votes: 532



April 5 to May 5, 2005

When do you visit theme camps?
Any time of day, it doesn’t matter.  60.2%
I hit ‘em at night … that’s when the party happens!  13.8%
I don’t really go into a theme camp unless I know somebody there.  9.6%
I camp in a theme camp, so I’m too busy to go anywhere else.  8.1%
I go during the day to meet new people and hang out.  6.3%
I never visit them … I get my playa experience elsewhere.  2.1%

Total votes: 334



February 16 to March 16, 2005

How do you read the JRS?
I set it aside for the weekend, or whenever I have some extra time.  38.4%
I devour it word-for-word as soon as it hits my inbox…and I don’t care what my boss thinks!  35.7%
I scan the headlines, and only read the stuff marked “important”.  17.2%
I like and appreciate the JRS, but never seem to have time to read it.  3.7%
Huh? What’s the JRS?  3.3%
Dude, I’ve been burning for years; I don’t need to read that stuff.  1.3%
I’m not even subscribed. Sheesh, it’s just a week in the desert!  0.3%
I unsubscribe in September and resubscribe the next July. Why bother, until it’s time to plan?  0.0%

Total votes: 778



December 29, 2004 to January 31, 2005

What day of the year do you consider the beginning of your “new year”?
Burn night is my annual reboot  33.3%
New Year’s Day … what’s not *hic* to love?  25.1%
It’s all one year to me  21.8%
I turn it over on the solstice  10.7%
My birthday is when I get to start again  9.1%

Total votes: 514






December 2 to December 23, 2004

When do you buy your Burning Man ticket?
As soon as they go on sale, I’m all over it.  76.8%
I pick mine up sometime during the summer.  13.6%
I’m a procrastinator. Right before the event.  4.3%
Ticket? Who needs a ticket? (e.g. I’ll be thrown out attempting to sneak through the trash fence.)  4.1%
You think you know procrastinating? I buy mine at the gate.  1.2%

Total votes: 345



August 2 to August 23, 2004

How will you camp on the playa?
I’ll be squatting in my trusty dusty pup tent.  49.6%
If the RV’s rockin’, don’t come a-knockin’.  26.7%
I’ll sleep when I’m dead.  9.8%
I’ll sleep where I fall down.  9.6%
I’ll start with a big plan for a fiberglass yurt, but end up crashing in somebody’s chill dome.  4.3%

Total votes: 645



July 12 to July 26, 2004

How long do you plan to stay on the playa this year?
I wouldn’t miss the Temple Burn on Sunday night.  51.4%
I’m NEVER LEAVING!!! You’re gonna have to DRAG ME OUTTA HERE!!  29.0%
Soon as I see Sunday, I’m bolting!  15.7%
I’m going to get outta Dodge before the Man burns.  2.4%
Right after the Man burns, you’ll see my after-burners.  1.5%

Total votes: 535



May 20 to June 10, 2004

How do you plan to participate this year?
I’ll be making my own unique contribution to the community.  37.0%
I’m going to volunteer for one of the myriad Burning Man teams.  24.7%
My theme camp will enthrall and titillate the masses.  16.9%
I’m going to show up wearing a beer hat and hoot at naked people.  12.5%
I’m creating an art work for the playa.  8.9%

Total votes: 551



April 6 to April 27, 2004

How do you plan on getting around the playa this year?
I will pedal the playa on my trusty tricked-out playa bike, of course!  69.7%
I’m going the old fashioned way … foot power!  12.8%
I will dazzle my fellow participants with my fabulously decorated mutant vehicle!  8.1%
I shall rely on the kindness of strangers!  4.9%
I like to get around on a gussied-up (but muffled) scooter.  4.5%

Total votes: 595



Feb 26 to March 11, 2004

What do you think about the number of Mutant Vehicles at Burning Man?
The amount of Mutant Vehicles is right on, just fine, A-OK.  32.2%
There should be fewer Mutant Vehicles than there have been in the last few years; it’s too much.  28.7%
The more the merrier!  28.5%
I don’t care; this has no effect on me or my playa experiences.  6.5%
No Mutant Vehicles! BRC is a pedestrian city.  4.1%

Total votes: 1588



Jan 27 to Feb 26, 2004

Are you aware that there is a Burning Man Regional Network?
Yes, I’m very involved with our local group  34.0%
I’ve meant to write them but I haven’t had time  25.5%
Huh? Never heard of it!  25.1%
Yes, but there’s not a group near me yet : (  10.3%
I don’t care to connect with other Burners year round  5.1%

Total votes: 689






Dec 18, 2003 to Jan 4, 2004

As for holiday gift giving, I’m in favor of…
Both store bought and hand/artist made gifts  42.2%
Bah Humbug. I like to give gifts, but not when told to!  19.9%
Giving hand/artist made gifts  11.4%
Giving bought gifts sparingly  11.1%
The ‘Buy Nothing’ concept  6.6%
Going all out with bought gift giving  5.0%
‘White Elephant’ gift exchanges  3.7%

Total votes: 377


Nov 24 to Dec 8, 2003

If the dates of Burning Man were to change in the future, which would you prefer?
No, keep it on Labor Day!  40.5%
One to two weeks earlier, to avoid holidays and school conflicts.  35.1%
Moved to early to mid-August, since August is otherwise empty.  24.3%

Total votes: 2428


Oct 31 to Nov 21, 2003

Trance music on the playa: what’s your take?
I go to those camps once in a while  37.9%
BEATS BEATS BEATS! I dance 24-7!  34.2%
Ugh! Makes me wish I had no ears  14.6%
Don’t like it, but don’t hate it either  12.0%
No opinion  1.4%

Total votes: 1101


Oct 12 to 27, 2003

Decompression happens in the bay area and regionally. Why do you go?
The influence of Burning Man has changed my life  47.4%
I’ve never attended any Decompression events  28.4%
I love the art and costumes  11.2%
Hoping to run into friends I’ve met  11.2%
I’m a party hound  1.7%

Total votes: 232


Sept 26 to Oct 13, 2003

Love on the playa. Romance! or romance? Did you come to the playa…
Single, and are still single  36.3%
With my significant other, and we’re still together  25.4%
Single, but started something new and special  16.6%
With someone important, and we survived the ups and downs of the playa  9.8%
With my significant other, we “polyamorized” together  9.1%
With my significant other, and the relationship busted up  2.8%

Total votes: 968


Sept 10 to 25, 2003

How was your Burning Man 2003 experience?
Great  37.1%
Best ever  25.1%
Not the best ever, but close  18.2%
Might take next year off  11.7%
I’m burned out  3.7%
Never coming again  1.5%
Left early  1.5%
Horrible  1.2%

Total votes: 1098


Sept 3 to 10, 2003

Which Burning Man art theme have you enjoyed most?
2002 – The Floating World  42.6%
2003 – Beyond Belief  29.8%
2000 – The Body  11.6%
2001 – The Seven Ages  8.0%
1999 – The Wheel of Time  5.2%
1998 – The Nebulous Entity  2.8%

Total votes: 423


Aug 11 to 25, 2003

How many years have you attended Burning Man?
I know the ropes (2-3 yrs)  43.0%
I’ve pounded a lot of rebar (4-5 yrs)  25.7%
I’m an old timer (6-8 yrs)  14.9%
This is my first year!  13.5%
I am one with the playa (9+ yrs)  2.8%

Total votes: 1071


July 30 to Aug 13, 2003

When will you arrive on the playa?
Pre-event. We’ve got special contstruction to do.  33.8%
Monday – Tuesday  27.2%
12:01 am, Monday morning!  18.8%
Wed – Thursday  16.6%
Friday – damn my job!  3.0%
Saturday – I’m only into the burn.  0.5%

Total votes: 728


July 10 to July 31, 2003

When do you begin planning for Burning Man?
Been thinking about it since I drove off the playa in 2002!  50.5%
January, when tickets were announced.  16.9%
We started our planning in July.  13.7%
I’ll get it together in August.  10.2%
May, when camp and art registration began.  8.7%

Total votes: 679



June 24 to July 15, 2003

What do you think of Burningman.com’s new look?
Wow! Love the flames.  38.7%
It helps get me excited for this year.  30.7%
I’d liked it better before.  15.7%
It’s a website alright (yawn).  9.3%
Looks like a Harley Davidson homage.  5.7%

Total votes: 760