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There's a higher desire for safer roads

6 years ago by James_Admin

There's a higher desire for safer roads

Drunk drivers have been an issue in our country - and every other - since alcohol and cars began to coexist.

Driving while under the influence endangers not only yourself, but others as well. Keeping that in mind, Scotland began enforcing a new law in December 2014 that reduced blood alcohol limit from 80mg per 100ml of blood to 50mg per 100ml.

According to results from kimping14's poll, it's a popular new law. A recent poll conducted on Viewsbank suggested that 83 percent of the British population support the new law, while only 17 percent opposed it.

Those results are less than surprising. It's easy to get into a vehicle thinking that the alcohol you consumed won't affect your driving. But even trace amounts of alcohol slow down your reactions, endangering yourself and others. Many of us have been or know someone who has been directly involved in a car accident through no fault of their own, sustaining injury and even death simply because the other driver was under the influence.

It's no coincidence that the new law in Scotland came into effect right before Christmas and New Year's Eve, when the roads become busier (and slicker due to colder weather) while the drinking rate goes up.

The UK-wide legal limit remains at 80mg but if numerous surveys begin showing approval for the new Scottish law, that may change. Already, blood alcohol levels that are only narrowly under the 80mg limit can be viewed as an aggravating factor if the driver was involved in an accident.

What do you think? Are we moving toward a legal drink-drive limit for all of the United Kingdom, and is that a good thing? 

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'Junk mail' this time of year. . .

6 years ago by James_Admin

'Junk mail' this time of year. . .

According to a recent poll by Patny, an overwhelming portion of you don't not trust the election pamphlets being distributed by political parties.

The poll results were not even remotely close. A whopping 92 percent of polled people said they did not trust the election pamphlets that they were exposed to. 

The reasons for this landslide while seemingly complex on the surface are rather quite simple. Regardless of political affiliation, people know when they are being fed rubbish. The public is very aware of the conventions being used by politicians and parties alike to sway the minds of voters. This awareness is a direct result of solid education and over-exposure to the medium in question. People in our times are more aware of the genre conventions in all mediums than ever before. We digest a large amount of media on a daily basis. More than any other time or place so far in recorded history. As a result, people are less likely to be fooled by simple mudslinging tactics and other scare tactics that are so common among politicians. 

Besides simple awareness of the medium, the results are so lopsided because a majority, 92 percent of people, know that these parties and politicians are just vying for jobs. They know that these people will say or do anything in order to keep their jobs or to secure a new one. While it is important that the public is aware of this, it is also troubling that the real issues and the right candidates are being drowned out by this flux of rubbish. Determining who to cast a vote for these days is harder than ever with all of the blatant misinformation being spread willfully among the public.

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Food or warmth?

6 years ago by James_Admin

Food or warmth?

Recent research has shown that for the majority of people choosing to pay the utility bills over eating, or vice versa, has not really been an issue for most of us, thankfully! 

And this is a fantastic result! Quite frankly, no one should ever have to make a decision between getting to eat or paying the bills, and 80 percent of those surveyed have never been put in such a tight spot. However, twenty percent of those polled have admitted that they have been faced with the choice of paying for heat or eating. 

To be fair, there is no indication about when that 20 percent had to make this tough choice. It could have been years ago when they were just starting to get their feet under them, or perhaps it occurred more recently during a period of transition for them. A large portion of that 20 percent have probably had to make that decision recently. While it is great that 80 percent have never been faced with such a task, it is kind of troubling that 20 percent have. 

At the moment the unemployment rate in the UK is at 5.8 percent. This number isn't too shabby overall, but why are there an additional 14.8 percent who say they have to choose between heating and eating? Are the prices of bills that excessive that even working people struggle to pay for heating?

Let us know in the comments what you think it could be!


Poll Results Indicate The Value of Partnership

Do you consider your partner/lover to be your best friend? How you answer that question inadvertently implies many things about you.

If you answer "no," are you in a healthy relationship? If you answer "yes" on the other hand, what does that say about your childhood's best friend? None of these implications are necessarily valid, but the partner/best friend conundrum is sure to spark conversations.

So we're not surprised that when we looked at the poll results from Charlotteock's submitted poll this week about just that question, a significant amount of people stood on either side of the coin. The majority, 77 percent, answered with yes, while 23 percent said no. Some of those votes may be swayed by social stigma - even if the poll is anonymous, there is always a subconscious commitment to "say the right thing."

Calling your partner your best friend certainly qualifies, as most people see the healthiest relationships as those that don't just rely on physical intimacy but a healthy dose of communication and innocent fun together. By the time you enter a serious relationship or even marriage, you will spend more time with your partner than anyone else you know. Not calling him/her your best friend immediately raises questions about whether your relationship is as healthy as it could be, so it's more convenient to answer the question with "yes." 

But let's be honest: the more time you spend with your partner, the more likely one of two things is to happen: you either grow together or you grow apart. As you begin to discover the more hidden elements of your partner's personality, you either find yourself compatible or not. If it's the latter, the relationship won't last much longer, and the question is moot. But if it's the former, it's easy to be both truthful and say the right thing when calling your partner your best friend.

What do you think? Is your partner/lover your best friend, and why or why not? Do you think that long-established couples should always consider themselves to be best friend, or are there valid examples in which that isn't necessary?

Community Voices Safety Concerns on UK Roads

In an age of eternally rising gasoline prices and increasing environmental awareness, riding your bicycle has become an increasingly popular method of getting around.

Riding to work on your bicycle is a great way to get that Christmas weight off, while at the same time feeling great about yourself and the impact (or lack thereof) you make on your environment.

But cycling to work is not entirely rosy. Especially during the colder months, it can become dangerous if the roads aren't cleared properly or in bad shape generally. Our community was asked whether they felt safe cycling to work on the UK roads, an astonishing 90 percent answered with a resounding no. What does that mean?

First, it's important to understand the question correctly. Cycling to work means leaving early in the morning, when it may still be dark out and the roads haven't yet been properly cleared. It also means a larger emphasis on time effectiveness, as most people cycling to work are not necessarily engaging in a leisurely pace.

With that being said, even taking those mitigating factors into account doesn't completely answer why no less than 90 percent feel unsafe cycling to work. There can only be one explanation: the roads simply aren't safe enough. During a time when we are consistently told about the negative aspects of driving a car and the importance of environmental awareness, there should be more incentives to ride our bicycles.

This winter, that means an increased emphasis on clearing the snow and sleet that has been hitting the roads lately. A bike ride to work should be an easy commute, not a dangerous adventure.

What do you think? Do you feel safe cycling to work on the UK roads, and if not, how do you propose that problem could be solved?

Poll Suggests Reluctance of Support to the Homeless

They are a staple of every major city and minor town in the UK.

In fact, homeless people are an unfortunate part of every capitalist society, a living reminder that not everyone can or has struck it rich. And during winter, it's especially easy to feel bad for these unfortunate people who are stuck in rain and snow with no place to go. But just how passionate are you about helping the homeless?

According to a poll run by Charlotteock, most would not go as far as actually supporting the homeless. When we asked our community whether they give to homeless people or buy the Big Issue, a newspaper sold by and benefiting the homeless in England, 70 percent noted that they did not while only 30 percent did.

There are several possible explanations for this result. First, the notion of capitalism - that everyone can make it in this world if they only work hard enough - seems to suggest that at some level, homeless people are in their current state through their own fault. Giving them money or supporting them in any way, in this case, would only give them more incentive not to work hard and get out of their slump.

Another possible reason is that interacting with homeless people is often uncomfortable; we don't like to be reminded of our own success, especially not when staring the alternative directly in the face. Avoiding sellers of the Big Issue instead of approaching them for a newspaper is simply a way of avoiding the feeling of guilt.

But there's a more positive way to look at our survey results as well. While the majority of respondents do not give to homeless people, 30 percent do. If our poll is representative of the English public of over 50 million people, that would mean that no less than 15 million people support the homeless in some way. That's an impressive number of people looking to make a difference and helping their less fortunate peers.

What do you think? Are our poll results an encouraging or discouraging reflection of the British people? Would you give to the homeless, and how would you support them?

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6 years ago by James_Admin


So many of you enjoy the Polls feature of our site and ask our other members for their opinions on all sort of topics!

Are you shocked with the results or do you expect them? 

Polls 2.0 is coming very soon. . . 

New Research Questions Exempt Status of Royal Family


What if our highest government officials could influence what the public sees or doesn't see on television?

That question arose earlier this week, when the Royal Family vetoed two BBC programmes presumably aimed at investigating members of the family for past transgressions. 

2015 marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, the legendary document that first brought separation of church and state as well as basic ideas of liberty and human rights to England. In light of this important anniversary, it seems unfathomable that in the modern information age, heads of state can directly influence what the public sees or doesn't see.

Yet, that's exactly what seems to be the case. In the waning moments of 2014, BBC announced the postponement of a documentary produced by respected journalist Steve Hewlett that focused on the difficult relationship between the Royal Family and the media. As it turns out, the reason for that decision came directly from the Family's lawyers, who (exempt from the Freedom of Information Act) refused to supply necessary footage and thus effectively vetoed it because of its critical nature. 

One of the most important aspects of any democracy is transparency, the ability by anyone to investigate - and publicise - criticism and potential scandals connected to the country's leader. So it's no surprise that according to a poll submitted by Manseydoll, a clear majority believes that the Royal Family should not be allowed to veto any kind of programme. No less than 79 percent of respondents said no one should have that kind of power.

Those clear results make sense. If any politicians, from Tony Blair to David Cameron, would attempt to block the attempts of a well-respected journalists to produce a documentary, we should be in arms. But because it's the Royal Family, with its figurehead status and presumed lack of any decision-making power, it doesn't seem to be as big of a deal.

What do you think? Should the Royal Family be exempt from any laws and veto documentaries that are potentially harmful to them? 

Viewsbankers Believe Oxford Online Dictionary Should Not Include Slang


Just before Christmas, Steharlow submitted a poll of which the results showed little controversy. . . 

With the vast majority believing that slang words do not warrant recognition in the Oxford Online Dictionary, when asked if they believe that words such as, "yolo," "adorbs," "binge-watch," "mansplain," and "cray" are appropriate for inclusion in the dictionary, 87 percent of respondents simply said "no." 

In recent years, the online dictionary has found itself in the center of controversy due to its biennial entry of "trendy" slang words.  While these words are subject to a lengthier test of time before they are included in the hard copy dictionary, many people still find this recognition inappropriate.  For many, this acknowledgement simply adds to growing concern that "text speak" is becoming a serious detriment to the English language.  

Conversely, supporters find these slang words appropriate for the online dictionary, as they are important phrases through which a culture is able to express itself.  These supporters believe that a language continually grows to include a vernacular more relevant to the day-to-day lives of its speakers.  As such, it is common belief that dictionaries should be upkept to include modern words and phrases, regardless of informality.

As the debate goes on, the 87 percent can at least cling to the hard copy Oxford Dictionary and its stricter guidelines.  Ideally, for those opposed, there will remain a separation between academia and Urban Dictionary-esque entries, keeping traditional grammar and formality in modern English.

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Lack of festivity competition. . .

6 years ago by James_Admin