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Vote for Policies: most popular #GE2015 voting-decision tool



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Our friends over at VoteforPolicies.org.uk have seen more than 330,000 surveys complete, which helps you decide which party’s policies you have the greatest affinity with. At this point in the election last time they had garnered 69,828 votes.

Of the three available tools, voteforpolicies.org.ukvotematch.org and positiondial.com, Vote for Policies has the highest traffic and the highest number sites linking in, by a long margin, according to commercial web traffic data provider Alexa.com.

The Guardian today reported that, “It’s certainly a lot less fun than the others, but gives a more in depth look at the policies and it leaves you feeling like you might have actually learned something about politics.”

Fun is good, but what we most liked about voteforpolicies.org.uk was the incredible level of detail it gave us, policy by policy. We suggest you use all three (we did!) to be as informed is it is possible to be, without the negative campaigning, party spin and media bias.

You can take the survey here, pick any number of policy areas to compare those that really matter to you and then see your party policy-affinity, what your country and constituency is backing overall, and by policy area.

If you’re part of a large member organisation and would like to see where your members stand on issues and party policies, Vote for Policies can create a free, custom link of results just for your organisation. Please contact info@voteforpolicies.org.uk to get your organisational link.

The 2010 survey gathered 580,154 votes before it was closed this year. This time they’re aiming for more than one million before the election on May 7.

Photo: hoboton via Freeimages

Further reading:

Vote for Policies at Birkbeck. Can the internet change voting?

If public vote for policies, not personalities, Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage could lose

Vote for Policies crowdfunding to support ‘sustainable democracy’

If we voted for policies at elections, and not parties, the results might surprise us all

The people’s manifesto


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