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(Poll) Our Glorious Leaders....

After chatting with a few people today I thought I'd carry out a quick survey just to see how much we appreciate and trust those who govern us.....

Poll #613738 Leaders of Man

Are you happy with your Government?

Yes
4(7.8%)
No
41(80.4%)
Other
6(11.8%)

Do you trust your Prime Minister/President?

Yes
1(2.0%)
No
20(39.2%)
What do you think I am? Stupid?
26(51.0%)
Of course, they were chosen by God!
1(2.0%)
Other
3(5.9%)


I'm heading out to meet a friend for lunch and some drinks now but should catch you all later before I vanish for a few hours this evening's roleplaying session :p

Comments

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mrmmarc
Nov. 16th, 2005 12:35 pm (UTC)
Odd isn't it...
I don't trust my government, but I am happy with it.
Why?
Because ALL other alternatives are worse. There is not ONE political leader out there who has either the integrity and or the policies I can sit back and go 'wow' too.
An with the exception of Iraq/security polcies- Blair has been MOSTLY OK actually. His education reforms have been lame (but so would ANYONES), but on the whole... Labour has had that nice mix of 'social equality within a hard thatcherite economic reality'. Enough left wing and right wing policies to please the majority. We are leaving a period of great economic stability (we cannot ignore that the last decade has been great economically); unemployment IS low; inflation IS low; things work most of the time.
I mean, I personally don't like Blair, but the world is an imperfect place and at least he was elected democratically and his heart is mostly in the right place. Did I vote for hiom last time- hell no. I voted LibDem but I know if they won their reaction would be 'Oh bugger!'. And as for the Conservatives? (giggle. snarf.)
Its easy to say 'Hey, our leaders suck'. But a nation gets the leaders it deserves. The real question is... Do we like the nation which picks these kind of leaders?
As long as the Daily Mail is so popular I believe there is something really horrible about Britain we don't want to admit in public. We are a nation who like to blame foreigners for everything, are more interested in famous people then normal people (normal people only make it on the news when they kill someone or die), are filled with a wonderful sense of self-importance which is entirely out of kilter with how the rest of the world see us, are accidentally racist, think recycling our coke cans make us environmentally active, cannot believe that we do not win at ALL sports ALL the time, believe our idea of 'Britishness' is under threat, and still believe that young ladies who put out on the first date are 'sluts' even though we won't say such things in public. Come to think of it, Tony is an IDEAL leader for Britain right now...
:)
Why else do you think that more people in the 25-35 age group emigrated in the last five years than voted in the last election? Think about it.
(grins)
exmoor_cat
Nov. 16th, 2005 01:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Odd isn't it...
I'd liek to get my mitts on where that statistic (re emigration) came from, and any further details - e.g. regonal and ethnic vriations.
mrmmarc
Nov. 16th, 2005 03:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Odd isn't it...
Phew! Big one that. ALL data on such things comes from the National Statistics Website (beloved of economists everywhere).
The whole story began when we found there were 800,000 less men in Braitain after the 2001 census. One does not 'just lose' 800,000 men (especially as most were aged between the 18-45 age group). People had to re-callibrate HOW they watched emmigration.
The following figures (except where indicated) are from Nat. Stats website- look it up for yourselves and giggle.
British population (roughly): 52 million people (give or take a mill here and there)
British population who voted in last election: 30.5 million
Estimated voters aged between 25-44 in the last: 7.443 million voters (figures from poll company- can't remember who right now).
Estminated number of people aged 25-44 who have left the nation in the last five years: 7.04 million- but ADD the 'missing 800,000' men... and you get 7.84 million.
I CAN accept the number of voters in the last election in the key age group could be higher... but still giggle at the 25-44 rates of leaving.
inskauldrak
Nov. 16th, 2005 01:07 pm (UTC)
Given my parents got me DC Confidential today and the last book I read was "SO Who Do We Vote For Now?" - given to me by a labour councillor as a thank you for helping their campaign... you do the maths!
slev
Nov. 16th, 2005 01:11 pm (UTC)
Mostly agreeing with mrmmark...

also to bear in mind that, by and large, those entering into reasoned political debate are not of the mind that would appreciate the majority oppinion.

For the record I'm not happy with the government, but I am less unhapy than I was with the tories.

I actualy trust Blair less than I'd trust Thatcher, as you could rely on Thatcher to do the wrong thing, unlike Blair, who has no reliability.
terheyt
Nov. 16th, 2005 01:32 pm (UTC)
Sorry to skew the results, but I'm just a Liberal Canuck who likes PM Martin.

Ask me to comment on YOUR government and leader, and results may vary...
dan_g
Nov. 16th, 2005 01:45 pm (UTC)
See, reading the original post/poll, I dont think that skews the result at all, it was about 'those that govern us and our trust in them' rather than just the UK government.
terheyt
Nov. 16th, 2005 09:21 pm (UTC)
I just meant that I'm the only one who trusts my PM so far...
dan_g
Nov. 16th, 2005 01:44 pm (UTC)
technically, they are not 'my' government. I didn't vote for them, and was actively campaigning against them (for the Lib Dems).

Still thats neither here nor there.
lapinenoireuk
Nov. 16th, 2005 03:30 pm (UTC)
And the distrust / disinterest continues
sesquipedality
Nov. 16th, 2005 06:31 pm (UTC)
Sorry, my sense of sarcasm got the better of me.
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