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Poll Results Suggest Re-Evaluation of Capital Punishment

Capital Punishment has been a serious topic of discussion in England and throughout the world for decades. The most severe form of legal punishment had been a central aspect of the criminal justice system since the modern British state was created in 1707. But in 1965, the British parliament passed a bill to abolish capital punishment for murder. While other crimes, such as treason, piracy and espionage were technically still punishable by death until separate parliament bills rectified that in the 1980s and 1990s, no executions have been carried out in the United Kingdom since 1965.
But much has changed in the last 50 years. A major reason against capital punishment, and one that played a large part in the arguments for the 1965 bill, was the possibility of innocence. Executing a potentially innocent person because of faulty evidence was simply unconscionable, and something had to be done. Since then, we've seen the increasing importance of one particularly accurate type of evidence: DNA.
Now used in many if not most high-profile cases, the criminal justice system has evolved to a point where matching crime scene samples with the DNA of a person of interest is now a routine procedure, and one that can not be argued against. So with the possibility of wrong convictions continuing to dwindle, should capital punishment be re-introduced in the United Kingdom?
According to our most recent poll (submitted by Binary Unicorn) results, the answer is yes. 72 percent of respondents believe that developments in DNA technology have made the death penalty a possible option for the worst types of crimes. The science is quickly becoming foolproof, and wrongful convictions are decreasing rapidly. But is that enough to re-establish the death penalty?

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Wrapping up for Christmas

7 years ago by James_Admin

Wrapping up for Christmas

Thank you to all our fantastic loyal members who have made 2014 Viewsbank’s best year yet. You guys never stop amazing us with your enthusiasm and passion for what we do together!
Please note as we wrap up for Christmas that this Monday was the last round of competition winners for 2014. You can of course continue to use Viewsbank during the festive period, any surveys or projects you complete will be credited to your account and paid out on January the 13th 2015. 
The level of support from the backend staff during the festive period will be somewhat diminished so please be patient with us.
We have some big plans for the upcoming year and we will be reviewing everything we do so there will be a number of exciting developments which will make 2015 even better than the last. Without our fantastic members we know that none of this will be possible so we take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Traditional Christmas Dinner is Off The Table for 1 in 4!

  • Viewsbank research shows 24% will be catering for vegetarians, vegans or the gluten intolerant on the 25th
  • And 11% will be entertaining teetotallers

Turkey and Christmas pudding might be the traditional festive dinner – but it’s not the reality for nearly one in four of us, a new survey1 from independent research firm Viewsbank reveals.

Its nationwide research found 24% are either catering for vegetarians, vegans and the gluten intolerant on Christmas Day or are themselves. And 11% will be entertaining teetotallers or won’t be drinking on the day.

The festive spirit wins on the day for the vast majority with all different tastes catered for – however a hardcore nine per cent impose their dietary requirements on everyone else.

Some traditions are largely maintained, according to the research, with 77% eating their Christmas dinner in the middle of day although 16% wait till the evening before having their main meal.

However other traditional Christmas Day activities are not quite as popular – just 11% plan to go to a religious service. In fact almost as many people plan to shop online on the day with 9% saying they will go internet shopping on Christmas Day and 14% plan to play computer games.

David Black of Viewsbank said: “Christmas is a time for family and friends but differing dietary requirements will increase the pressure on whoever is doing the cooking.

“The Christmas spirit seems to win out in most cases with the hosts doing all they can to cater for different tastes and diets. But it does mean extra work and in some cases many simply stick to their own diet.

“And of course the original religious significance of Christmas is largely overlooked by many. Indeed more will play computer games than go to a religious ceremony.”

The table shows the differences across the country on the timing of the main Christmas meal.





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The research shows Christmas is not just about eating and drinking excessively – 13% plan to exercise on the day with 3% going for a run. However 59% fully intend to eat excessively and 23% will get drunk.

Christmas, a Holiday of Love and... Brussel Sprouts?



Christmas is right around the corner, and as we speak, you're probably planning your big, family Christmas supper. But what will you eat?

Sure, the traditional meal includes roast turkey, stuffing and gravy, but will your family appreciate staying traditional or do they want you to think out of the box?

Take Brussel Sprouts. The little vegetables seemingly have no middle ground - people either love or hate them. They're a part of almost every traditional Christmas meal in England, yet they're also a vegetable many don't particularly care for. What wins out, tradition or taste?

Patny (Won £10) was curious so she asked our community, and the results were clear: 81 percent of respondents could simply not have Christmas dinner without Brussel sprouts. On the other hand, only 19 percent wouldn't want them anywhere near their Christmas plates. To our respondents, tradition is clearly important on the most family-oriented holiday of the year.

But tradition may not be the only reason Brussel sprouts are so popular around this time of year. First, they're incredibly healthy - after eating roast turkey and stuffing, it simply feels good to know you're putting something in your stomach that's actually good for you.

Second, they're easily available during this time of year. As winter vegetables, they're available starting in late autumn and throughout the cold months, making Christmas the height of their season. In fact, that's the reason they became a traditional part of Christmas dinner in the first place.

But most importantly, Christmas remains a holiday full of traditions and reminiscing about year's past. And what better way to do so than with a traditional meal, including those green little balls? That's what Christmas will look like for most of our respondents, and we couldn't agree more.
What do you think? 

Research Supports Breast feeding in Public


Is public breast feeding a right or an embarrassment? 

 It's odd that in the 21st century, we'd still discuss this subject. But after a 25 year old single mother was told to cover up when breast feeding her 11 month old son while at a pub in September, the issue of public breast feeding has once again entered the national conversation.

The report made us wonder: how does the public feel about mothers breast feeding their children around others? Should they be allowed to do it without being embarrassed, or do they need to cover up or even ask if they can go somewhere private if the baby gets hungry? When Sagittarian03 (won £10) asked that question on our website, the poll results research showed decisive results: 74 percent of respondents have no issue with public breastfeeding without shame. 

If those results are surprising to you, consider this: the Equality Act of 2010 states that it is discriminatory to treat a woman unfavourably because she is breastfeeding. Yet, businesses continue to disregard that law: just this past week, mothers protested in front of Claridge's Hotel in Mayfair after the luxury hotel asked a 35 year old woman to use a large napkin in order to cover up while breast feeding.

And even common sense seems to agree with our poll results. When a baby is hungry, a mother's first instinct is and should be to satisfy that need - not to be discreet and potentially make others feel uncomfortable. Especially because, according to our respondents, most of the British public simply don't feel uncomfortable with public breast feeding.

What do you think? Should mums be allowed to breast feed their babies in public without being embarrassed? 


85% of the population would rather stay in on New Year's Eve than go out. . .


     'At last, it's nearly over,' you think to yourself, as a crowd of chanters begin the final countdown into the new year.  You weren't originally planning on taking part in tonight's festivities, but decided at the last minute to go out with a group of mates.  Leaving behind a night of pajama clad comfort and cozy relaxation, you stepped out onto the street, and headed towards this evening's first pub. 

     Four pubs in, six pints deep, and three sick friends later, you weren't sure if you'd even last until to the end of the night.  That's when, while lodged between two, young couples making out at the bar, you finally heard the countdown begin.  Unlocking lips, in order to scream in your ears, your four unknown acquaintances shout out the last remaining seconds of 2014.

     "3!!...2!!...1!!!!!.....HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!"

     The confetti's flying, whistles are blowing, the crowd is cheering, and the taps are flowing.  By this point, you're drunk, tired, and waiting for the pub to clear out enough, so that you can go home.  Searching for the easiest path of escape, you turn around to find a very intoxicated, yet not quite intoxicating, woman staring right at you.  Leaning in, she eliminates the tiny gap that previously separated each of your faces.  Tasting the recently smoked nicotine still clinging to her taste buds while she kisses you, you can't help but wonder why you didn't stay at home tonight.

Sound familiar? 

Martin's words, not mine!

Poll submitted by patny (won £10)



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Another Bristol Pitbulls competition!

7 years ago by James_Admin

Another Bristol Pitbulls competition!

The Bristol Pitbulls last Home game before the Christmas break is this Sunday 7th December against the Cardiff Enlsatans!
As usual, we have the usual load of prizes up for grabs! 

If you comment "Cardiff" and they win (booo!), we'll give away £75 to ONE lucky winner picked at random.
If you comment "Bristol Pitbulls to win" and they do, we'll give away Banksy Bears to 10 lucky winners at random, Viewsbank USB drives to 10 lucky winners at random, £5 to 5 lucky winners at random AND a Bristol Pitbulls Ice Hockey jersey to ONE lucky winner at random! 
No prizes for a draw as no one wins...

Good luck! 
Closes 18:00 on the 7th. Winner announced on the site on Monday!


Our Polls say Partners are Split When it Comes to Bank Accounts

One of last week's winning polls (submitted by charlotteock - won £10) was centred around the sharing of wealth, when it comes to partners and relationships.

Our results showed that only 41% of partners have shared bank accounts, whilst 59% continue to keep their finances separate. This poll shows that partnerships in our world are changing. Several decades ago those married or in a relationship would have felt it too scandalous to have separate bank accounts, and finances were always shared. These days it is not an unusual occurrence for couples to keep their finances separate.

Having separate bank accounts often means that financial responsibilities are split evenly between two partners. Payments such as rent, mortgage, cars, and general living expenses are shared straight down the middle. For some couples this means less arguing about money and who pays more. It also makes it easier and more amicable if a split in the relationship does occur.

I think this particular poll shows that each relationship is different, some couples thrive on sharing their finances with one another, whether one makes more than the other, or contributions are even. Whilst other couples do much better keeping finances separate from one another and sharing the financial load evenly.

What are your thoughts on finances and relationships? Leave a comment, and let us know what you think about couples and shared bank accounts. 

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A Simple Act of Patriotism?

7 years ago by James_Admin

A Simple Act of Patriotism?

The World Cup ended just a few months ago, but it already feels like years. Gone are the Saint George's flags displayed everywhere you go - on cars, houses, flag poles, and in pubs. The flag has not entirely disappeared however. But those displaying it now seem to have a specific reason for it, rather than the euphoria stemming from the biggest sporting event in the world.
According to a recent poll, which asked people whether people who hang flags (such as the Saint Georges or Union Jack) from their houses were just expressing their patriotism or making a broader, intentional statement.
A clear majority of 68% answered that displaying a flag is a simple act of patriotism rather than an attempt to make a wider political, cultural or social statement. That's important to note in times of even mild political unrest, as was the case throughout the country when Scotland decided whether to remain a part of the United Kingdom.
Though the Scots eventually decided to stay, the time leading up to the vote was contentious enough for publications as influential as the Guardian which argued that it might could bring about the end of the Union Jack flag. Naturally, anyone displaying the flag could easily be seen as making a political statement against Scotland splitting away from the United Kingdom. 
But as our poll shows, the majority of respondents don't think that deeply into the choice to fly a flag from your house. And maybe that's for the better; after all, it's a nice and simple way to express your patriotism, and there are plenty of other opportunities to make political statements. What do you think? Share your thoughts on what flying a flag means to you below!

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Networking more important than grades

7 years ago by James_Admin

Networking more important than grades

You're a university student getting ready for the "real" world. You have spent years dedicated to getting the best possible grades. But yet, about to graduate, you haven't even sniffed a job yet. Meanwhile, peers that you know to be mediocre students have already been offered lucrative careers.
Does that sound familiar? Because it's what many university graduates go through these days. If you ever hear someone tell you about the importance of networking, don't dismiss it. Studies suggest that networking is the single best way to find a job, and our surveys agree. In fact, a recent poll by Viewsbank username Bri asked our community to vote between high grades and networking/friendships as the single most important factor for getting a job, no less than 78 percent voted networking.
Why is that? One, relationships matter. Put yourself in the shoes of your recruiter. If you're looking for the perfect candidate, would you rather pick a complete stranger or one that you know (or that has been recommended to you by someone you trust)? Almost all of us would answer that question the same way. The saying "better the devil you know than the devil you don't" has become popular for a reason.
So as a university student, or anyone looking for a job, how do you adjust to that trend? By making a systematic effort to network. Networking can be as complicated as attending industry-specific conferences and meetings, and as simple as sending a quick follow-up thank you email after talking to an expert. Social media networks such as LinkedIn have simplified networking; now, you can connect with thought leaders in your field around the globe without ever leaving your own home.
Do you agree that networking and friendships is more important than academic grades in the job market?