Feeds

LibDems should win election

But people are too stuck in their ways

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

The Liberal Democrats should form the next government but are unlikely to, because people are unwilling to question their beliefs.

That, at least, is what a fascinating online experiment would appear to demonstrate. How2Vote.co.uk is a simple but remarkably effective Web site that aims to fit your beliefs with what the parties stand for. It contains a range of questions in eight categories ranging from education to transport to law & order.

Answer the questions honestly, or abstain if you are unsure/indifferent and after each set, the online system will judge the political party to which your beliefs most closely match their manifesto.

Surprisingly, however, out of all the people that had gone through the site, 53 per cent have agreed more with the Liberal Democrats that any other party. The Conservatives come second with 25 per cent and Labour third with 22 per cent.

Don't just think it's all Liberal voters logging on either. At the start of the quiz, you can chose which party you feel closest to or go as having no preference. In fact, 39 per cent of people who have gone through the site have put themselves as No Preference (13 per cent Tories, 22 per cent Labour, 26 per cent LibDem).

Of the people who put themselves down as Tories, 63 per cent came out true blue, but 31 per cent were LibDem. Of Labour voters, over half (51 per cent) actually ended up voting for the LibDems.

Which all goes to show a basic truth - that most people will stick with what they know rather than what they believe. Labour will win the election - even the Conservatives accept this. The interesting thing to watch is whether the LibDems can close on, or even overtake the Tories - which, this poll at least would suggest they should.

We advise everyone to give it a go.

Ironically, LibDem leader Charles Kennedy said yesterday: "The British people aren't stupid." Wishful thinking, Charles. ®

Related Link

How2Vote.co.uk

Related Stories

Fantasy election provides help for floating voters
Vote for London Mayor now

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Bladerunner sequel might actually be good. Harrison Ford is in it
Go ahead, you're all clear, kid... Sorry, wrong film
Euro Parliament VOTES to BREAK UP GOOGLE. Er, OK then
It CANNA do it, captain.They DON'T have the POWER!
Musicians sue UK.gov over 'zero pay' copyright fix
Everyone else in Europe compensates us - why can't you?
I'll be back (and forward): Hollywood's time travel tribulations
Quick, call the Time Cops to sort out this paradox!
Megaupload overlord Kim Dotcom: The US HAS RADICALISED ME!
Now my lawyers have bailed 'cos I'm 'OFFICIALLY' BROKE
Forget Hillary, HP's ex CARLY FIORINA 'wants to be next US Prez'
Former CEO has political ambitions again, according to Washington DC sources
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing and building an open ITOA architecture
Learn about a new IT data taxonomy defined by the four data sources of IT visibility: wire, machine, agent, and synthetic data sets.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
5 critical considerations for enterprise cloud backup
Key considerations when evaluating cloud backup solutions to ensure adequate protection security and availability of enterprise data.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL
Discussing the vulnerabilities inherent in Wi-Fi networks, and how using TLS/SSL for your entire site will assure security.