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Please define what a recovery would look like to you in your comments.
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Here's three previous polls on the subject: Brexit, Brexit, Brexit.
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http://www.dailymail....seven-10-Britons.html How many ABers think that there are far too many immigrants in the UK? If you are one who doesn't think that there are, then do you also think that our...
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Today is the day of the referendum on the UK's voting system between AV and FPTP.
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We'd like to measure the general feelings The AnswerBank has about the current intervention in Libya. We'd also like to know what you think the goals should be now that we're involved.
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In the news section we often hear opposing sides as to the purpose and usefulness of prisons. Often there are calls of "life should mean life" and "outsourcing" of prisons (and prisoners). This is the weathervane question of what the AB News team(s) think prison is for:
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Individuals earning more than £44,000 will no longer gain child benefit, whereas a family with earnings of anything up to around £80,000 will still be in receipt of Child Benefit, is this a fair cut?
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There has been some discussion between those in the news section as to which way the majority of AB "swings". To provide a little clarity I would like everyone to say which side of the fence they sit - in their own opinion. I do realise this a blunt measurement - but it is a good starting point!

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With the country going to the Ballot-box tomorrow and the media just about lathered to its fullest election frenzy, we thought it would be worth asking: where are you watching the election coverage? (If you're watching at all!)

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Watching channel 4s Dispatches last night, it was highlighted how the vastly unequal levels of donations to political parties could skew the election result. Donations to political parties during the...
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With the last leader's debate over and done with, and the election less than a week away, we would like to check, probably for the last time, what your voting intentions are.

We would also like to hear your opinions on the prospect of a hung parliament. 

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It is time to test the predictive powers of The AnswerBank News group. Who do you think will win this debate? The Debate kicks off on BBC1 at 8.30pm - but who looks likely to do the best? [Poll finished before the debate begins]

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As a representative democracy the UK electorate only vote for their local candidate. In the last 20 years we have seen the rise of "tactical voting," - this was cited as one of the main reasons for Labour's landslide in '97. Do you believe tactical voting hurts our democracy?

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http://www.guardian.c...y-debate-nick-griffin So the BBC are not showing Sky's live TV debate, in case it is forced to give the BNP more air time, what are they afraid of. I presume the vast majority...
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Time to take the pulse of the AnswerBank newsgroup. I have included several smaller parties as requested.

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Facebook, gadgets and gossip seem to matter more to young people than the current general election.  Have we reached a moment in history when the young are actually less radical than their parents?  Or is it simply that political parties are so dull and unidealistic that it’s little wonder young people are hard

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With the General Election looming and political parties begin trying to convince you in earnest that - yes, really, they're good people wishing to help you personally, or at very worst, better than that other lot - it is time to check the pulse of The AnswerBank and find out: What is the Number 1 issue for you this Election time.

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The wash-up period of a parliament is upon us. This is the period of parliament where bills are put in place to be "nodded through" in the next parliament.

As Martin Bell of the Guardian comments:

"Eighteen bills are going into the wash-up in the few remaining weeks of a discredited parliament. At this point the votes that got them this far, in both houses, will count for noth

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Further attacks on the social lepers, or sensible measures? I must admit I do feel sorry for the kids I see in the backs of cars, in a safety seat of course, gasping for breath, getting gassed by...
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It has been suggested that marriage is an outdated concept. What do you think ?
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This was on the news over the weekend so I'm amazed no one has asked the question on here so here goes. Is 10 fair enough or should it be rasied or lowered. The childrens commissionaer, Maggie...
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As the Labour government is currently considering making changes to the electoral system we thought we'd ask the AnswerBank users to cast their votes. Which of the most likely options would you support? Each of these options is representative of certain styles of system - so let your vote be broad rather than get caught in the specifics of the various systems (that is what the posts are for afterw
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With both the current and former Prime Ministers intending to give evidence at the Chilcot enquiry, do you think they will be truthful?
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With focus on certain in-balances in the sentencing system of the UK coming to light, and many claiming the current sentences for serious crime is lacking, should the UK government (if it was able) reintroduce the death penalty in Britain?
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Do you think unemployment reach the same levels as 1982 and the 1930's (3+ million)?
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Last week a Boeing 777 crash landed at Heathrow, no one was killed although 6 people suffered minor injuries. Has this accident made you more cautious of flying?
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Liverpool is Europe's Capital of Culture for 2008 and this year is expecting an additional 2 million tourists to visit the city. So, will you be paying a vist?
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Should BA workers threaten to strike over the festive period?
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Gordon Brown has joined fellow European Union leaders and signed a landmark treaty which is expected to dramatically change the way the EU is governed. Should he have signed?
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Minister Margaret Hodge suggested earlier this year that local people should be given priority over economic migrants in the council housing battle. Who do you think should have top priority when getting council housing?
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Incentives, fines, lessons for kids and those grey bins. How do you think the government has handled the recycling issue?
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A senior judge has said that all people in the UK should be on a DNA database. The database is already the largest in the world with 4 million samples in it. What do you think about the possibility of the database becoming compulsory?
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A boy of 12 was hauled before a court after being charged with assault for throwing a cocktail sausage at an elderly man. The case has cost thousands already. Are cases like this a waste of court time and money?
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Should the Government be doing more to help those affected in last weeks floods?
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With the smoking ban approaching are you going to quit smoking?
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Should the authorities intervene in this situation?
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Is Tony Blair right to make such an announcement?
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Should we care about Cameron's ?drug taking? at university?
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Has Tony Blair had his day?
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How do you think the NHS should deal with situations such as these?
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The super casino race is over! Manchester will become home to Britain's first Las Vegas style casino but what have you got to say about it?