Unsure Voters Find Stability with New Website

Backbencher March 24, 2015 1

Edward Oldfield,


“Who do I vote for” is a question often asked around the country. Nigel Farage once said that pubs are where people decide how to vote. In the case of two brothers-in-law from Shropshire, Chris Haycock and Mark Stevens, the pub was where they conjured a website to help the public make up its mind on voting.

Despite the endless news coverage of the campaign that started long before the official start date of 30th March, there are many people across the country that remain undecided. A recent Sunday Mirror/Survation poll said that 36% of the electorate had not made up their minds, and just before the New Year the Guardian reported that up to 3 million young voters were undecided.

The website, “Who Shall I Vote for” was created ‘out of frustration’, citing the tendency for political spin to override serious policy debates. The pair argue that often the true facts get lost amongst the hustle of politics and that manifestos are too long and written in policy-wonk language.

Their easy to use quiz starts of by a request for a minimum of three issues that most concern you such as Housing, Transport or Government. Users are then issued with ten questions per issue, at the end of this a few simple questions about principles are asked, these include dividers such as ‘Fair trade or free trade’. A score is shown before a request for your postcode; which allows the site to sort data on each constituency.

Pretty fancy.

I consider myself to be a fairly entrenched Conservative and luckily the result showed this, but I was surprised to see that I was close to the DUP. I am relieved at the fact that I was recorded as being incredibly unlikely to vote Green as they are the party which I apparently disagree with the most.

The results of the surveys can be broken down into constituency levels. At the time of writing, the Tories are just over 1% behind based on the results of 3,600 surveys.

Find out how you match up.


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