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2015 Political Quiz

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Where do you side on social issues?

Do you support the legalisation of same sex marriage? Learn more

Same sex marriage was legalized in England, Scotland and Wales in 2014. Ireland will vote on a same sex marriage referendum on May 22 2015. Northern Ireland currently has no plans to introduce its own legislation but treats same-sex marriages from other countries as civil partnerships.  See public opinion

Do you support the legalisation of same sex marriage?

Should terminally ill patients be allowed to end their lives via assisted suicide? Learn more

Currently, assisted suicide (Euthanasia) is illegal in all countries of the United Kingdom. However, as a devolved matter to the Scottish parliament, it is possible that at some point in the future different laws on euthanasia could apply within the UK.  See public opinion

Should terminally ill patients be allowed to end their lives via assisted suicide?

Should the UK reinstate the death penalty? Learn more

Capital punishment or the death penalty is a legal process whereby a person is put to death as a punishment for a crime. The UK abolished capital punishment in 1965. In 2004 the 13th Protocol to the European Convention on Human Rights became binding on the UK, prohibiting the restoration of the death penalty for as long as the UK is a party to the Convention.  See public opinion

Should the UK reinstate the death penalty?

Where do you side on environmental issues?

Should the government increase environmental regulations on businesses in the UK? Learn more

The 2008 Climate Change Act established a framework to develop an economically credible emissions reduction path. The act commits the UK to reducing emissions by at least 80% in 2050 from 1990 levels. The target includes GHG emissions from the devolved administrations, which currently accounts for around 20% of the UK’s total emissions.  See public opinion

Should the government increase environmental regulations on businesses in the UK?

Do you support the use of nuclear energy? Learn more

Nuclear power generates around one sixth of the UK's electricity, using 16 operational nuclear reactors at nine plants. By policy, the future construction of nuclear power plants must be led and financed by the private sector.  See public opinion

Do you support the use of nuclear energy?

Do you support the use of genetically engineered crops and foods? Learn more

Genetically modified foods (or GM foods) are foods produced from organisms that have had specific changes introduced into their DNA using the methods of genetic engineering. Currently, the EU has one of the stringent regulations of GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) foods in the the world. All GMOs, along with irradiated food, are considered "new food" and are subject to extensive, case-by-case, science-based food evaluation by the European Food Safety Authority.  See public opinion

Do you support the use of genetically engineered crops and foods?

Do you support the use of hydraulic fracking to extract oil and natural gas resources?  Learn more

Fracking is the process of extracting oil or natural gas from shale rock. Water, sand and chemicals are injected into the rock at high pressure which fractures the rock and allows the oil or gas to flow out to a well. While fracking has significantly boosted oil production, there are environmental concerns that the process is contaminating groundwater.  See public opinion

Do you support the use of hydraulic fracking to extract oil and natural gas resources?

Where do you side on economic issues?

Should the UK raise or lower the tax rate for corporations? Learn more

The United Kingdom treats a corporation as a tax resident if it is organized as a UK corporation or is controlled and managed in the United Kingdom. The U.K. recently abandoned its worldwide system for a territorial system and reduced its corporate tax rate to 21 percent. The U.S. currently taxes corporations at 39%, France at 33% and Germany at 45%.  See public opinion

Should the UK raise or lower the tax rate for corporations?

Should the government make cuts to public spending in order to reduce the national debt? Learn more

In 2014, total government spending fell to 35% of GDP, down from 45% in 2009-10. Economists predict that the British government will have to continue to cut spending if it would like to balance its budget by 2020. The Independent Institute for Fiscal Studies said the government would have to raise taxes by £21billion or cut welfare spending which will rise to 1/3rd of all spending by 2020.  See public opinion

Should the government make cuts to public spending in order to reduce the national debt?

Should there be fewer or more restrictions on current welfare benefits? Learn more

In 2011 the level of public spending on the welfare state by the British Government accounted for £113.1 billion, or 16% of government. By 2020 welfare spending will rise to 1/3rd of all spending making it the largest expense followed by housing benefit, council tax benefit, benefits to the unemployed, and benefits to people with low incomes.  See public opinion

Should there be fewer or more restrictions on current welfare benefits?

Should the UK pursue free trade deals with other countries?

Should the UK pursue free trade deals with other countries?

Should the top tax rate of income over £150,000 be raised to 50 percent?

Should the top tax rate of income over £150,000 be raised to 50 percent?

Should mortgage lenders be allowed to provide buy-to-let mortgage loans? Learn more

A buy to let mortgage is a loan arrangement in which a landlord or investor borrows money to purchase property in the private rented sector in order to let out to tenants. The interest rates and fees are slightly higher than those of owner-occupied mortgages.  See public opinion

Should mortgage lenders be allowed to provide buy-to-let mortgage loans?

Should tenants receive less benefits if they live in a housing association or council property with more bedrooms than occupants? Learn more

The Bedroom Tax (also known as Spare Room Subsidy) is a change to Housing Benefit Entitlement that restricts housing benefits for tenants of working age (16-61) living in a housing association or council property that is deemed to have one or more spare bedrooms. Tenants with one spare bedroom lose 14% of entitled housing benefit and those with two or more spare bedrooms lose 25% of entitlement. Possible exemptions exist for tenants receiving a state pension, rent a shared ownership property, have a severely disabled child who requires their own room, have a foster child, or have a child how is on duty in the armed forces.  See public opinion

Should tenants receive less benefits if they live in a housing association or council property with more bedrooms than occupants?

Should the government prosecute people who avoid paying taxes by hiding money in foreign bank accounts? Learn more

A former employee of HSBC recently leaked data that revealed 106,000 of the bank’s clients in Switzerland held secret accounts with the bank for the sole purpose of avoiding taxes. The leak revealed that the clients came from over 200 countries and were hiding over $118 billion dollars in the accounts. The data also revealed that HM Revenue and Customs failed to prosecute citizens who they knew were liable for unpaid taxes. Proponents of prosecution believe the government should take a more active role in monitoring people’s taxes and those caught evading taxes should be subject to stiff fines or jail time. Opponents believe that the people who evaded taxes were not breaking any laws since their funds were stored in Swiss bank accounts.  See public opinion

Should the government prosecute people who avoid paying taxes by hiding money in foreign bank accounts?

Should the UK abolish the inheritance tax? Learn more

The inheritance tax is a tax on money and possessions you pass on when you die. A certain amount can be passed on tax-free, which is called the "tax-free allowance" or "nil rate band". The current tax-free allowance is £325,000 which has not changed since 2011 and is fixed at that rate until at least 2017. The inheritance tax is an emotionally charged issue as it comes up during a time of loss and mourning.  See public opinion

Should the UK abolish the inheritance tax?

Should the government use economic stimulus to aid the country during times of recession?

Should the government use economic stimulus to aid the country during times of recession?

Where do you side on domestic policy issues?

Should Welsh, Scottish, and Northern Irish MPs be entitled to vote on legislation which only affects England? Learn more

The issue of English votes for English laws (EVEL), commonly known as the West Lothian question, refers to whether MPs from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland should be able to vote on matters that affect only England. Some argue that because of the Barnett formula, issues in England greatly affect Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Barnett formula automatically adjusts levels of public spending in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland based on the population of each nation and which powers are devolved to them.  See public opinion

Should Welsh, Scottish, and Northern Irish MPs be entitled to vote on legislation which only affects England?

Should nonviolent drug offenders be given mandatory jail sentences? Learn more

In 1997 the Conservative government passed a 'three strikes' policy which imposed a minimum sentence of seven years for those convicted for a third time of drug trafficking involving class A drugs. Soon after, the Labour party passed legislation that enabled Judges to reduce the sentences in cases they find to be unjust.  See public opinion

Should nonviolent drug offenders be given mandatory jail sentences?

Should the House of Lords be a wholly elected body? Learn more

The House of Lords is a historically powerful body whose members traditionally consisted of hundreds of hereditary peers, whose titles passed from generation to generation. In 2014 Parliament passed the House of Lords Reform Act which allowed members to resign, be disqualified for non-attendance or be removed for receiving prison sentences of one year or more. Recent proposals to reform the house include making 240 of the 300 members elected by the public.  See public opinion

Should the House of Lords be a wholly elected body?

Do you support the use of zero hour contracts? Learn more

A zero hour contract is an employment agreement. It does not oblige the employer to provide work for the employee but the employee is expected to be on call and receives compensation only for hours worked. Zero hour contracts may be ideal for retirees and students who want occasional earnings and are flexible about when they work but general workers run the risk of unpredictable hours and earnings. The National Minimum Wage Regulations require that employers pay the national minimum wage for the time workers are required to be at the workplace even if there is no "work" to do.  See public opinion

Do you support the use of zero hour contracts?

Should the Welsh assembly be granted more devolved power from Parliament to create regional laws?

Should the Welsh assembly be granted more devolved power from Parliament to create regional laws?

Should England establish a devolved Parliament? Learn more

Currently, representatives of English voters do not have separate decision-making powers (also known as a Devolved English Parliament) similar to the representation given by the National Assembly for Wales, Scottish Parliament and the Northern Ireland Assembly.  See public opinion

Should England establish a devolved Parliament?

Where do you side on healthcare issues?

Should foreign visitors have to pay for emergency medical treatment during their stay in the UK? Learn more

Overseas visitors to the UK are currently charged for hospital visits, dental treatments and prescription drugs. People working for UK-based employers and students on courses of at least six months duration are entitled to at least some NHS hospital treatment free of charge. The government had considered charging for GP consultations, but decided that easy initial access was important to prevent risks to public health such as HIV, TB and sexually transmitted infections.  See public opinion

Should foreign visitors have to pay for emergency medical treatment during their stay in the UK?

Should the National Health Service use privately run services?

Should the National Health Service use privately run services?

Do you support the legalisation of Marijuana? Learn more

Marijuana is currently illegal to possess, grow, distribute or sell in the UK without the appropriate licences. It is a Class B drug, with penalties for unlicensed dealing, unlicensed production and unlicensed trafficking of up to 14 years in prison, an unlimited fine, or both. The maximum penalty for unauthorised or sanctioned possession is five years in prison.  See public opinion

Do you support the legalisation of Marijuana?

Where do you side on education issues?

Should the UK abolish university tuition fees? Learn more

Tuition fees in the U.K. were first imposed in 1998 and required students to pay up to £1,000 a year for tuition. England increased the fees to £3,000 a year in 2004 and in 2012 64 universities announced their intention to charge the full £9,000 allowed by the government, with the remaining 59 all charging at least £6,000. Scotland currently does not charge any tuition fees. Northern Ireland, Wales and Ireland currently impose a cap on their tuition fees of £3,000 a year.  See public opinion

Should the UK abolish university tuition fees?

Should the government allow businesses, charities, parents or teachers to use public money to start "free schools"? Learn more

A free school is classified as a non-profit making, independent, state-funded school which is free to attend but which is not controlled by a Local Authority. They are subject to the same School Admissions Code as all of State-funded schools. The Department of Education must approve all free schools and they are expected to comply with standard performance measures. Supporters argue that they create healthy competition for public schools and increase standards. Opponents argue that the schools will divert money away from existing schools and only benefit middle-class students whose parents have the resources to start them.  See public opinion

Should the government allow businesses, charities, parents or teachers to use public money to start "free schools"?

Would you support the return of a selective education system and the reintroduction of grammar schools?

Would you support the return of a selective education system and the reintroduction of grammar schools?

Where do you side on foreign policy issues?

Should the UK abolish the Human Rights Act? Learn more

The Human Rights Act of 1998 is an Act of Parliament which aims to give further effect to the rights and freedoms guaranteed under the European Convention on Human Rights.  Learn more  or  See public opinion

Should the UK abolish the Human Rights Act?

Should the UK increase or decrease foreign aid spending? Learn more

The United Kingdom is currently ranked #2 in the total amount of foreign aid spending per year ($13.66B) and ranked #6 in foreign aid spending as a percentage of GDP (.56%).  See public opinion

Should the UK increase or decrease foreign aid spending?

Should the UK increase or decrease military spending? Learn more

The UK is currently ranked #4 in total amount of military spending ($60.8B) and #38 in military spending as a percentage of GDP (2.5%).  See public opinion

Should the UK increase or decrease military spending?

Should the UK withdraw from the European Union?

Should the UK withdraw from the European Union?

Should the UK renew its Trident nuclear weapons programme? Learn more

The UK Trident programme encompasses is a nuclear weapons system consisting of four Vanguard-class submarines armed with Trident II D-5 ballistic missiles, able to deliver thermonuclear warheads. It is the most expensive and most powerful capability of the British military forces. the development, procurement and operation of the current generation of British nuclear weapons, and the means to deliver them.  See public opinion

Should the UK renew its Trident nuclear weapons programme?

Where do you side on immigration issues?

Should the government enact a stricter immigration policy? Learn more

70% of the population increase between 2001 and 2011 was due to foreign-born immigration. The UK government is currently phasing in a points-based immigration system for immigrants from outside the European Economic Area. The system is composed of 5 tiers to ensure that people are working or studying the UK legally. Opponents of the system argue that it might allow in too many immigrants by failing to impose a cap. There have also been concerns that the system might prevent low-skilled workers from migrating, causing skill shortages in sectors such as the construction industry.  See public opinion

Should the government enact a stricter immigration policy?

Should the UK deport immigrants who are considered to be promoting terrorism?

Should the UK deport immigrants who are considered to be promoting terrorism?

Where do you side on transportation issues?

Do you support the construction of a high speed railway (HS2) connecting London to Birmingham? Learn more

High Speed 2 is a planned high speed railway between London Euston to central Scotland. The project is being developed by High Speed Two Ltd, a company limited by guarantee established by the UK government. Four major city centres shall be served directly: London, Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester.  See public opinion

Do you support the construction of a high speed railway (HS2) connecting London to Birmingham?

Should the London Underground be considered an "essential service" which would ban all future worker strikes?

Should the London Underground be considered an "essential service" which would ban all future worker strikes?

Today’s trending question

Should the government allow the creation of babies using DNA from three different people? Learn more

This week Members of Parliament are likely to pass a law that would enable the UK to be the first country in the world to allow the creation of babies using DNA from 3 different people. This would overturn a law which bans altering the “germ-line,” the genetic heritage passed from one generation to the next. Scientists would be able to swap faulty genes in a woman’s mitochondria with genes from a healthy donor. This DNA is not in the nucleus so it would not affect traits from the infant’s parents and would help eliminate several genetic life threatening diseases that are passed from mother to child. If it passes parliament, clinics can apply for a license and the first baby with the procedure could be born as soon as next year. Opponents, including several religious organizations, argue that the process will open the door to genetically altered babies. Proponents argue that several scientific and ethical studies have backed the procedure and it has the support of several international health organizations.  See public opinion

Should the government allow the creation of babies using DNA from three different people?