Ask500People is an interesting new polling experiment that endeavors to ask questions of 500 people around the world and report the results in real-time. Ask500People is not a polling widget that you can use to run questions on your site (though they have formed partnerships with some high traffic sites to occasionally run polls), but rather it is a way for people to gain access to a large crowd to ask pressing questions.Recently launched
Anyone can vote in polls, but only registered users can submit questions. The majority of questions seem to be yes/no structured, but multiple choices are possible.
Right now, the site is only polling 100 people per question, because current traffic levels allow for 100 person queries to be completed in about 15 minutes -- as traffic increases, the site hopes to expand to the full 500. Results for each question are archived and broken down my country and voter type (those on the site vs. those voting via widget). Surprisingly, it seems that the majority (over 80%) of people are voting via Ask500People widgets spread around the web.