Only one person has actually put their hand in their pocket, but a surprisingly large number of people would not be averse to sending some money to Wikipedia, according to this survey from iBridge Research Plus and reported on by japan.internet.com.
On the 8th of February 2010 300 members of the iBridge monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 53.0% of the sample were male, 16.7% in their twenties, 26.0% in their thirties, 29.7% in their forties, 21.3% in their fifties, and 6.3% in their sixties.
I wouldn’t give Wikipedia a penny.
Of the sample, 235 people, or 78.3%, had used Wikipedia. They were asked the following.
Q1: How often do you use Wikipedia? (Sample size=235)
Almost every day 13.6% Several times a week 41.3% Several times a month 36.2% Several times a year 8.1% Less than that 0.9%
If we add back in the non-users, we get this.
Q1A: How often do you use Wikipedia? (Sample size=300)
Almost every day 10.7% Several times a week 32.3% Several times a month 28.3% Several times a year 6.3% Less than that 0.7% Never 21.7%
Q2: Did you know that Wikipedia was soliciting donations from ordinary users? (Sample size=235)
Yes 51.9% No 48.1%
Q3: Would you donate to Wikipedia? (Sample size=235)
Yes, have already 0.4% Yes, but haven’t yet 27.2% No 72.3%