Don't mind the tabloid headline- we're here to deliver you the results of a poll!
Hello and welcome to Beta-Karrde:Polls! This is a new project by Talon Karrde and Betafoxtrot, which we are starting in the absence of work this month after BigAnt won the election, casting us into the abyss and leaving us with a hole that used to be taken up by our government work over the last two months. What we’re aiming to do with this is to get your opinions on things so that we can present them to the eUK and the government so that we may actually give our citizens a voice, in a lovely, well-presented article format!
So, as this is are debut article, here is a little bit about how we did this poll and how we’ll do it from here on out providing this goes as well as we hope it would. A random selection of 10% of people from each party has been PM’d with a link to the poll and a little explanation about it. We chose 10% as it’s a good amount of people to PM, the percentage means we get a good spread of opinions based on the amount of people affiliated with each party and the number of people messages is a good sampling number. People were randomly messaged so that we could get a good cross section of newer and older players too, so that the poll isn’t weighted unfairly one way or another. Included in the poll were 3 control questions so that we could make it fair.
The first poll sent out has a few questions on it and these are:
-Our current rate of VAT, or Value Added Tax, is 10%. Do you think this level should be changed?
-Our current rate of Income Tax is 5%. Do you think this level should be changed?
-What stance on war would you like your government to take?
-We recently joined an alliance of countries called TWO. Do you support our membership in this alliance?
Below we will show you how people have voted, and give our own opinion on the results!
The Control Questions
These questions are designed to make sure a good sample is taken, that all viewpoints and age groups are represented, to try and make sure our poll gives an accurate representation of the opinions of our citizens.
What party do you belong to?
We have a nice cross-section here and roughly in proportion to the countrywide numbers too. There are slightly less responses from UKPP than we’d like but after an extra round of PMing to rectify that problem we still don’t have the responses from them, so we’re publishing as is. In an ideal world we’d have more from them but if they don’t read and respond to their mails, hey that’s life.
How long have you been playing erepublik?
Again we have a nice cross section here, and if you look at egov this is pretty much in proportion with the age of the citizens in the country as a whole. This tends to suggest our results won’t be biased by age and are accurate in this way.
Our current rate of VAT, or Value Added Tax, is 10%. Do you think this level should be changed?
Just under 3/4 of the respondents don’t want tax lowered. Since this is ultimately down to congress it might be interesting to see if their opinions match this, or if they’ll take heed of what the public are saying here. Some common sense is obviously taken here since only one person wanted a 1% VAT rate. An outright majority of people want to maintain the status quo here too, with over 50% voting for the current level.
Our current rate of Income Tax is 5%. Do you think this level should be changed?
Interestingly even less people want income tax lowered than VAT, and again an outright majority wanting to maintain the status quo.
What stance on war would you like your government to take?
The way this question was phrased, with more than one option available to be ticked, shows some interesting stuff. It seems everyone agrees that we should have war, and just under half of the population wants to make sure we aren’t in any danger if we do so.
About 60% would rather we were friendly and had only training wars, and the other 40% would rather we were more aggressive and attacked a neighbour. The follow-up question to this had mainly calls to attack France or Ireland, with one or two for Canada or Germany and one suicidal person wanted to attack the USA.
We recently joined an alliance of countries called TWO. Do you support our membership in this alliance?
This one was nice and simple- a supermajority support our alliance with TWO and it’s great to see! Thankfully, if this is anything to go by, we made the right decision joining TWO.
Finally, we asked what you want to see in the polls next time- please post below if you have any suggestions!
Thanks for reading our debut article, if there's the interest we are willing and able to conduct more polls to present so that we can take the eUK in the right directions!
As said, if anyone has any ideas for what other polls we should do please post below, and remember to vote, subscribe, comment and shout!
Betafoxtrot & Talon Karrde
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