YouGov - Tell the Government What YOU Think!

YouGov - Tell the Government What YOU Think!

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YouGov - Tell the Government What YOU Think!

YouGov is an online paid survey platform that compensates its members for providing their opinions on politics, public affairs, products and brands as well as on other general topics of interest.

Industry Presence

YouGov was originally founded in the UK in 2000, and, through a series of global acquisitions, has since grown to one of the world's largest online panels with about 2.5 million members across more than 11 countries. In addition to its UK office, YouGov also has offices in the US, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. It is a non-partisan panel and works with a variety clients including ones involved in politics, media, education, non-profit and marketing. YouGov has been BBB-accredited since 2011 and currently has an A+ rating. It is also affiliated with major industry organizations such as the AMA, CASRO and MRA.

Member Experience

Becoming a member of YouGov's panel is free and exceptionally easy. Registration only takes a minute and asks for your email address and a password. After you confirm your email address, you will be asked for your home address and to participate in two paid profiling surveys. It is important to provide your correct home address because YouGov will use it when sending out your rewards and also because political surveys need to be able to target a specific geographic region or voting population. The profiling surveys help YouGov better understand your background. The first profiling survey gathers information about your political beliefs, takes about 3 minutes to complete, and pays 2,000 points. Although the survey asks about your political leanings, please note that YouGov is a non-partisan organization and welcomes panelists of all political affiliations. The second profiling survey takes about 12 – 15 minutes, pays 500 points and compiles additional information about your hobbies, habits and views.

The panel is open to anyone over the age of 14 who is a legal resident of the US or Canada (with the exception of Quebec). As an added benefit of being a YouGov member, you can use the site for news updates and for social media/networking purposes.

Earning Opportunities

Members will primarily earn rewards for participating in online quantitative surveys. You can expect to receive about 5 - 10 survey opportunities per month depending on the demand from YouGov's clients. These surveys typically last around 5 – 7 minutes, but even the longest surveys won't take more than about 20 minutes to complete. Compensation will depend on the length and complexity of the survey, but, for an average survey, you can expect to earn between 500 – 1000 points (~$0.40 – $0.80). You can also earn points for referring friends. You can refer as many friends as you like, and, as soon as they've completed 6 surveys, you will receive 1,000 bonus points or 2,000 bonus points if they also connect with YouGov on Facebook.

Rewards Program

YouGov compensates its panelists their participation primarily with rewards points and occasionally with entries into a monthly sweepstakes (prizes vary). In monetary terms, $10 is equivalent to about 12,000 – 13,500 points (depending on the reward you are trying to redeem). After you complete a survey, you will typically receive your points immediately, but, for some surveys, it could take up to 30 days for your points to be deposited. Your points will never expire however, except after a 12-month period of inactivity. Please also keep in mind that you must always keep all of your contact information up-to-date or YouGov reserves the right to revoke any points awarded while your information was incorrect.

YouGov - Tell the Government What YOU Think! Reviews

"Trusted Site"
November 23, 2016 by Linda from US
Interesting surveys that are easy to complete...usually earn 500 pts per survey...takes a while to amass pts to redeem --but I usually earn about 2 pairs of movie tickets a year (about $50 value) for not much effort. At 30,000 pts I get 2 tix. And u get to voice your opinion on political matters as well as other subjects.

November 17, 2016 by Laura from US
I really enjoy all the surveys at this site. I think that they are all on track and it is a place where my voice can be heard

"Great surveys"
November 16, 2016 by vickie from US
I like using this site, they offer decent rewards and surveys are not too long for incentives

"exciting surveys "
November 14, 2016 by Rose from US
I like that you can get a gift card after 30,000 credits and their surveys are good

"YouGov Review"
October 4, 2016 by Harren from US
YouGov is a survey website I discovered a few years ago, when I discovered surveys could be taken from the comfort of your house. Once I discovered what it was all about, I found no reason to terminate my membership; matter of fact, when taking every possible pro and con of just about every survey website in existence, I'd rank YouGov #1.

Reasons why I like/recommend YouGov:

1. Guaranteed survey completion: YouGov guarantees every survey you send them is seen to its completion from the moment you start, no matter what answer you give. Even if you find you may have screened out, you'll merely be redirected to another set of questions.

2. Invitation frequency: You can choose to receive surveys as often as possible, or periodically over a particular time period. I choose to receive surveys very often, to maximize how many points I earn.

3. More than one survey can be taken in a sitting: Sometimes, after you complete a survey, YouGov will ask whether you want to take another survey. You can decline from taking the survey, but since points'll be awarded after that survey is completed, I see no reason why you shouldn't take as many of their surveys as you can in a single sitting.

4. Access past surveys: If you may have missed out on a survey, YouGov will ensure you can access that survey from your homepage. However, like several other survey sites, it's a case of 'first come, first serve'; you may not be able to take YouGov surveys if you don't click on the invitation links soon after you get them.

Reasons why I'd not recommend YouGov:

1. Award threshold: While the rewards are worth it, YouGov's award threshold is quite high compared to the number of points you receive from each survey. YouGov commonly awards 500 points per survey; awards range from 20,000-100,000 points. So basically, you'll really have to want to take their surveys to get the awards you want.

2. No e-Gift option: YouGov trades gift cards for points, but don't expect them to be distributed in the form of an electronic gift card through the email; the card will be given to you by snail mail. There's even a 4-6 week waiting period for these rewards; simply put, this survey site may not be a good fit for people who want their awards soon after they're redeemed.

In conclusion, YouGov remains one of the best and most reliable survey sites out there. Accumulating points is a chore, but should their surveys be tackled with moxie, there is no reward of theirs that'll be beyond you to obtain.

"Learn while you do surveys "
October 3, 2016 by Heidi from US
Because YouGov surveys often are about subjects such as politics, celebrities, or world events, I often learn something new while doing a survey. Most surveys earn 500 points, so it takes quite a while to get to the 30,000 threshold that allows you to redeem for a $25 CVS gift card. A $50 Walmart gift card is available for 60,000 points. For perspective, in the past 12 months, I've only been able to earn 41,250 points, i.e. less than $50 worth of credits.

"The sites idea is interesting however......"
October 2, 2016 by Andrew from US
Most of the surveys I've done on the site revolve around Politics of course. Everything seems decent on the site except the points/reward system. On here you can get a $25 Walgreens card for 30,000 points. That's all well and good but to get a $15 Amazon card you have to spend 35,000 points. That's really messed up. I understand they are probably get discounts on certain gift cards, but I still don't like it!

"Great surveys"
October 1, 2016 by CAROL from US
I recently joined this site. When they send you an e-mail about a survey, YOU QUALIFY ! They award good points, and have some good award gifts to chose from.The surveys are interesting, and not too long.

"Great Site"
October 1, 2016 by David from US
This is one of the better sites that I have an account with. I am always invited to surveys, at least 2-4 a week and range anywhere from 500-1500 points and pretty short i terms of time is considered and qualify no matter what and you accumulate them pretty fast ti be able to redeem them from various rewards. This is by far the best one I have an account with.

"You gov"
October 1, 2016 by molly from US
I like this site because you get to complete your survey nearly every time and the surveys are interesting.