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Show of Hands app review: full-featured opinion polling on diverse topics



Show of Hands is an intelligently designed opinion polling app that covers important topics such as politics, pop culture, food, social media, and daily life. It received a lot of press coverage when it successfully launched an interactive instant polling during the United States Vice-Presidential debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan. Since then, the app continues to offer more intelligent questions while giving comprehensive demographics-based results. Developed by Tony Bacos, the app is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

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A Social Network of Opinionated Individuals

There are dozens of polling apps on the App Store but some of them only cover trivial matters. If you are looking for more intelligent polls, then Show of Hands is perfect for you.

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Show of Hands started as a personal project of Tony Bacos. He created it to get the different opinions of people about the Super Bowl in 2011. He also designed the app as a platform for exchanging ideas and opinions.

Since then, the app has developed into a full-featured opinion polling platform with a distinct social networking character. While its core feature is opinion polling, it also allows you to create a profile so you can attract followers and discuss burning issues with them.

Tony Bacos does not claim that his polls are scientific. The app, however, allows you to discover how other people think. Combined with a discussion forum, Show of Hands pushes you to think deeply about complex and mundane topics or issues.

When you load the app for the first time, you have the option to provide your basic information including gender, birthdate, location, political leaning, and occupation. However, you can also use the app anonymously by simply creating a nickname.

You can then answer any question on any topic. Most importantly, the app allows you to join discussions so you can attract more followers.

Best Features of Show of Hands

Show of Hands offers thousands of relevant questions on different topics. Politics seems to be the popular topic within the app’s community but it is easy to find other polls especially about food, cars, sports, and pop culture.

The app offers impressive infographics. It displays the poll results in easy to understand pie graphs. It allows you to filter the results according to different demographics such as gender, political leanings, state, income levels, and many more.

One of the best features of Show of Hands is its built-in social network. It allows you to create a user profile where you can display your polling activities. Other users can follow your profile and you can discuss anything with them.

And lastly, the app offers a politician section. If you provided a zip code, you will have access to the profile page of your local congressman with phone numbers, address, and contact information in Washington.

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Pros and Cons


  • Offers comprehensive polling platform.
  • Offers built-in social network.
  • Allows you to discuss issues.
  • Shows results in infographics.
  • Allows you to use the app anonymously.


  • No negative review.

Final Thoughts

Show of Hands can be considered as a virtual town hall where you can exchange opinions and ideas with other people. The app offers intelligent polls and you can discuss issues and results with your followers. It's a great app for this purpose. 


Show of Hands: Polls & More

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