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2010 U2 Fan Survey

In April 2010, @U2 conducted its fourth U2 Fan Survey and the first since November 2007. The goal is to learn what U2 fans online think about a variety of topics and questions related to U2 and U2 fandom.

We asked more than 125 questions in 9 categories, and the survey was open for the entire month of April.

This year, U2 fans in 81 countries around the world took the survey. 4,627 fans completed the whole survey -- the second-highest total since we started doing these surveys. (5,388 finished at least the first section, an all-time record.) We believe this is a high enough number to claim that these survey results are an accurate statistical portrayal of U2's online fan community. Thanks to everyone who participated.

Survey Results

Listed below is the full set of questions asked in the U2 Fan Survey. You can click any question to see its results -- the results will open in a pop-up window.

Section A: About You

  1. How old are you?
  2. Male or female?
  3. In what country do you live?
  4. How often do you listen to U2?
  5. If you're married: Does your spouse/partner like U2? (Skip this question if you're not married.)
  6. If you live at home with Mom and/or Dad: Do your parents like U2? (Skip this question if you don't live at home with Mom and/or Dad.)
  7. If you have kids: Do your kids like U2? (Skip this question if you don't have kids.)
  8. If you have kids: Have you ever taken your child(ren) to a U2 concert? (skip this question if you don't have kids)
  9. Aside from U2, which ONE of these artists is your favorite?

Section B: U2 Fandom

  1. When did you become a U2 fan?
  2. Were you ever a member of Propaganda, the official U2 fan club (before
  3. Are you currently a paying member of
  4. Where do you get MOST of your U2 news and information?
  5. Have you ever tried to convert someone into a U2 fan?
  6. Have you ever gone to see a U2 tribute band play?
  7. Have you ever traveled to Ireland because of U2 and/or the U2 connection?
  8. Have you ever attended one of Bono's speaking engagements?
  9. If YES, what was your primary reason for attending? (Please SKIP this question if you've never attended one of Bono's speaking engagements.)
  10. Have you ever had a dream in which at least one member of U2 appeared?
  11. Have you ever had a U2 band member sign something for you?
  12. Do you have a collection of any U2 memorabilia or merchandise? (i.e. - something more than common albums and singles)
  13. Do you own any U2 bootlegs?
  14. If YES, how many? (Skip this question if you don't own any U2 bootlegs.)
  15. Has U2 inspired you to join an organization or become active in some cause or campaign?

Section C: U2 & The Web

  1. When did you discover the U2 online fan community?
  2. How many U2-related mailing lists do you read?
  3. Are you now or have you ever been a member of WIRE? (i.e. - U2-list, the original)
  4. How many U2-related forums / message boards are you registered on?
  5. How often do you post a message on a U2-related mailing list or forum / message board?
  6. Have you ever blogged about U2 on your own blog?
  7. Have you ever made a U2-related web page? (i.e. - non-blog)
  8. Have you ever downloaded a U2 album or song(s) from an album without paying for it?
  9. If YES, did you later pay for a copy of the song or album you downloaded?
  10. On a typical day, about how much time do you spend visiting U2-related web sites or blogs?
  11. Do you follow U2 setlists live online? (via Twitter, forums, etc.)
  12. Do you use Facebook?
  13. Do you use Twitter?
  14. Do you use MySpace?

Section D: The Band

  1. Who is your favorite band member?
  2. Which band members have you met? (check all that apply)
  3. Who is the most skilled musician in U2?
  4. Which band member's personality seems closest to yours?
  5. What is U2's worst fashion mistake?
  6. U2's best decade?
  7. How much longer will U2 be together and making new music?

Section E: The Albums

  1. Do you own all 16 U2 albums?
  2. What's your favorite U2 album?
  3. Should Passengers: Original Soundtracks I be considered a U2 album?
  4. What's your least favorite U2 album?
  5. What is the most underrated U2 album?
  6. What's your favorite U2 album cover?
  7. What's your favorite U2 fan club album/release?
  8. Which album producer(s) has been the best for U2?
  9. Which album has the best overall lyrics?
  10. Which album has produced the best collection of music videos?
  11. Which of the U2 remastered albums do you own? (check all that apply)

Section F: The Songs

  1. What's your favorite song from BOY?
  2. What's your favorite song from OCTOBER?
  3. What's your favorite song from WAR?
  4. What's your favorite song from UNDER A BLOOD RED SKY?
  5. What's your favorite song from THE UNFORGETTABLE FIRE?
  6. What's your favorite song from THE JOSHUA TREE?
  7. What's your favorite song from RATTLE AND HUM?
  8. What's your favorite song from ACHTUNG BABY?
  9. What's your favorite song from ZOOROPA?
  10. What's your favorite song from PASSENGERS: ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACKS?
  11. What's your favorite song from POP?
  12. What's your favorite song from ALL THAT YOU CAN'T LEAVE BEHIND?
  13. What's your favorite song from HOW TO DISMANTLE AN ATOMIC BOMB?
  14. What's your favorite song from NO LINE ON THE HORIZON?
  15. What is your favorite B-side or non-album track?
  16. What is your favorite U2 soundtrack song?
  17. What's your favorite U2 song about the Troubles?
  18. What is U2's best instrumental song?
  19. What's the best cover song U2 has done?
  20. What is U2's best collaboration with another artist?
  21. What is Edge's best performance on lead vocals?
  22. What is Bono's best solo song?
  23. What's the best version of "Sunday Bloody Sunday"?
  24. What's the best version of "Bad"?
  25. What's the best version of "Where the Streets Have No Name"?
  26. How do you feel about remixes of U2 songs?
  27. What is your favorite U2 music video?

Section G: Tours

  1. How many U2 concerts have you seen live? (i.e. - not on TV, etc.)
  2. When did you see your first U2 concert in person?
  3. What's the farthest you've traveled to see U2 live in concert?
  4. What's the most you've ever spent on a U2 concert ticket? (in U.S. dollars)
  5. What do you think of U2's concert ticket prices?
  6. What type of ticket do you prefer to buy for a U2 concert?
  7. What's the longest you've ever spent in line for a U2 concert?
  8. Have you ever bought merchandise at a U2 concert?
  9. If YES, what kinds of merchandise did you buy? (check all that apply; please SKIP this if you've never bought merchandise at a U2 concert)
  10. How do you feel about the price of merchandise that's available at U2 concerts?
  11. If U2 were to offer live concerts for sale on CD or via download immediately afterwards, how much would you be willing to pay?
  12. Which of these statements most closely describes how you feel?
  13. What's your favorite U2 tour?
  14. Where would you prefer to see a U2 concert?
  15. If you could go back to see one of these U2 concerts / performances, which would you choose?
  16. At a concert, which would you prefer to do?
  17. What song should U2 play live for the first time?
  18. If U2 decides it's time to drop one of their live "warhorse" songs, and they ask you for a suggestion, what song would you suggest they drop?
  19. What is U2's best live song?
  20. What's your favorite concert video?

Section H: Almost Done

  1. What do you think of Bono's extracurricular activities?
  2. What do you think of U2's spiritual tendencies?
  3. You see Bono and his family eating a quiet dinner alone. Do you interrupt them?
  4. Which of these would you most want to do?
  5. All four members of the band have decided to run for the highest elected office in your country. There are no other candidates. Who would you vote for?
  6. Who is your favorite U2 "associate"?
  7. What's your favorite U2-related book?
  8. What has been U2's defining moment?
  9. It's U2's last concert. What song should they play last?
  10. If Bono leaves, should the other three continue as U2?
  11. If Edge leaves, should the other three continue as U2?
  12. If Adam leaves, should the other three continue as U2?
  13. If Larry leaves, should the other three continue as U2?
  14. If any member of U2 DOES leave, and the other three find a replacement and put out another U2 album, would you buy it?

Section I: Current Events

  1. What is your interest level for the Spider-Man musical for which Bono and Edge wrote the music?
  2. When the film Killing Bono is released, you will...
  3. When do you think Songs of Ascent will be released?
  4. Do you own a Blackberry?
  5. If YES, did U2's partnership with them influence your decision to buy one? (please skip this question if you do NOT own a Blackberry)
  6. Do you plan to buy the U2 360 at the Rose Bowl DVD?
  7. If it's released this year, will you buy the remastered version of Achtung Baby?
  8. How do you feel about the set lists in general for the 360 tour so far?
  9. On a scale of 1-10, how happy are you with U2 right now? (1 = not happy at all ... 10 = very happy)


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