Most of us would unquestionably agree that the ebola epidemic in Africa is a serious crisis. But how far would you go to support the fight against it? New research on our site explored this question.
Earlier this week, various pop music stars released a joint single called "Do They Know It's Christmas," having banded together under the name Band Aid 30. Previewed during Sunday evening's X-Factor, the song is a reprise of the 30 year old Band Aid single of the same name, which was written and produced by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure in 1984 to raise awareness - and money - to fight poverty in Ethiopia.
Thirty years after the original version, Band Aid 30 consists of current best-selling artists ranging from One Direction, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Emeli Sandé, Ellie Goulding and Rita Ora to Bastille and Guy Garvey of Mercury prize-winning band Elbow, Chris Martin (Coldplay) and Bono (U2). Geldof and Ure are once again the driving forces behind the project, while the song itself has been updated with lyrics reflecting the current Ebola crisis.
All proceeds of the single, which will cost 99p per download and £4.00 on CD, will benefit the fight against Ebola in West Africa. Yet, according to our research, only 13 percent of all respondents have already bought or would buy the single. That's not necessarily an indictment of the British public; after all, British volunteers helping fight the outbreak are lauded as heroes.
Instead, our results may show a public agreement with Lily Allen or Adelle. The singer refused to participate in the Band Aid 30 project because she saw it as smug, preferring instead to donate money directly to the cause. Geldof has endured similar criticism in the past, calls that he elevates himself above those in need with his top-down approach of helping. Judging by our poll, it seems the public agrees
Let us know what you think!