One of the readers of 20Minutos.es, a Spanish daily, launched an online poll within his ‘web space’, asking readers to vote for the flag which they felt was the most attractive, from an initial list of 104. The contest closed on July 7, 2008.
Readers were invited to award between one and five points for a flag and at the end of each round, lasting two days, the five flags with the lowest points count were eliminated from the poll and voting resumed with the remaining flags.
At the end of the count, Mexico’s flag won with 901,627 points, a margin in excess of half-a-million points over second-placed Peru who polled 340,901 points. Guatemala was third with 272,541 points. Fourth, fifth and sixth place were taken by the Dominican Republic, Brasil and Spain, respectively. The only non-Hispanic country to have been placed in the final top ten was Canada, whose flag polled ninth, just behind Puerto Rico’s flag.
The top-ten list indicates, perhaps, that the poll was primarily followed by Hispanic readers. Not exactly a wild guess, given that the poll was conducted by a web portal based in Spain with all the information and polling instructions published in Spanish. In any event, the poll has been followed and reported upon by a number of big Spanish-language media channels and has given 20Minutos.es — and now, Mexico — a Public Relations boost.
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