MoneySaving Polls Results Archive

How much do you spend on a wedding gift?
We're in peak wedding season, and while the big day often isn’t cheap it seems guests are being asked to splash out even more as well. While we don’t know what Pippa and James had on their wedding gift list, we can't imagine it was very MoneySaving... So for each of the following categories, which is closest to how much you’d spend? Vote once per category…

How many passwords do you have?
Cybersecurity has been in the news this week following the terrible worldwide malware attack which hit the NHS particularly hard. It’s a reminder for us all to ensure we’re cyber-safe (see Free Antivirus Software & Scam Spotters for help). Yet not using the same passwords for everything and changing them regularly is also important. So we wanted to delve into that. How many passwords do you have, from banks to social media, music-streaming services and more?

The MSE Leaders’ Debate - Pick key issues for PM candidates
The leaders of the Conservatives, Labour, the Lib Dems, SNP, Greens, UKIP and Plaid Cymru have agreed to take part in our ‘leaders' debate’. Here’s a list of issues, many suggested by MSE Forum users with the type of questions we'll ask. Please choose the (up to five) issues that are your priority.

Should the state pension triple-lock guarantee end?
The UK state pension is currently guaranteed to rise in line with average wage growth, inflation or 2.5% - whichever’s highest. This ‘triple lock’ was intended to align pensioners’ incomes with others'. But there’s now an election debate over whether the 2.5% element should be removed. Those who want to lose it say pensioners’ incomes are now aligned and, as long as they continue to rise in line with wages or inflation, the money could be better used elsewhere. But others say only the full triple lock protects pensioners’ incomes in the future. Which of these is nearest your view?

How much do you spend on your pet(s) per year?
They may provide love and joy, but keeping a pet doesn’t come fur free. Whether you’ve a Kitty, Rover, Tabby or Nemo we want to know how much ewe spend on your pet(s) purr year, including on food, insurance, vet costs, clothes, toys, dog walking, kennels or owt else. Please vote in the relevant categories (or dogegories) depending on the pets you have. If you have more than one of a type, please do the cost PER pet.

Do you welcome the June general election?
Prime Minister Theresa May has called for a UK general election on Thursday 8 June (are you registered to vote?). It's only two years after the last one, though since then we've had the Brexit result and a change of PM. So, do you welcome the June general election? Which of these is closest to your view?

Should parents be allowed to take kids out of school for a holiday?
The Supreme Court has finally ruled that parents can’t take their children on term-time holidays without risking being fined. The case concerned a father who’d refused to pay a fine after he'd taken his six-year-old daughter out of school for a holiday. But what do you think? Should parents be allowed to take their kids on holiday during term time? Which of these is CLOSEST to your view?

When did you last use your bank branch?
Lloyds, Halifax and Bank of Scotland are to shrink hundreds of their branches into ‘micro branches’ – with as few as two staff and self-service machines rather than counters – after seeing a change in customer behaviour. So when did you last use your main bank’s branch?

Will your finances be better or worse in two years, after Brexit?
It’s Article 50 week. On Wednesday 29 March the Prime Minister will trigger the start of the Brexit process. If all runs as it should, in two years the UK will no longer be part of the European Union. So forget the economy, let’s go personal, how do you feel your finances will be in two years' time compared to now?

Has your energy firm's service been good over winter?
We’re all about slashing your energy bills (do a five-min comparison) but service counts too. So twice a year we test recent customer service… Please rate your current supplier’s SERVICE (not price) IN THE LAST SIX MONTHS (try to forget issues from before). If you’ve gas & elec with different firms, rate both.

Should Scotland be an independent country?
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has demanded a second referendum on Scottish independence. Last time, the question was: "Should Scotland be an independent country?" If the same question is asked, while only people in Scotland would vote, we wanted to see answers from across the UK. Please select your country and vote below (we're aware some campaigning may take place on this poll so treat it as a bit of fun rather than an authoritative representation.)

Budget poll: Will you be better off in a year’s time?
It’s Budget week, the time the Chancellor reviews the national finances and presents forecasts for the economy. Consumer confidence has a huge impact on that – if we stop spending, the economy stutters. So do you feel you’ll be better or worse off in a year’s time? Please choose one option in the relevant category below:

How do you do the majority of your banking?
Every week it seems there are stories of banks closing branches across the country. But does this affect you? We want to know how you do the majority (more than 50%) of your banking. Please choose the option closest to your situation...

What should be means-tested? Free bus passes, the NHS, student loans?
Many allowances and entitlements are means-tested (dependent on your income or wealth), but some are given to everyone. Which of the following do you think should be available to all and which should be means-tested?

How much of your Christmas shopping have you done?
We may only be a couple of months into the year, but some MoneySavers have already been piling January sales goods into the back cupboard ready for Christmas 2017. Where do you stand? Which of these items have you already bought for next Christmas? Choose as many as are applicable.

How do you rate your bank account's service?
We run this poll on big banks' current accounts every six months to see how the experience changes. We’d love your feedback. Please vote based on CUSTOMER SERVICE for your main CURRENT account over the last SIX MONTHS. Please ignore rates or any other products, or service from more than six months ago.

Who pays on a first date?
With Valentine’s Day coming up, we wanted to see how 21st century FIRST-DATE etiquette works, so which of these is closest to your usual situation?

Which are the best and worst UK hotel chains?
Hotel standards can differ, so we wanted to check which of these major brands you've had a good experience in. Please rate your experience for cleanliness, value and whether it did what it promised with each of these you’ve stayed at DURING THE LAST THREE YEARS...

Parcel delivery firms: which are the best and worst?
The festive season is behind us, the big red man in a suit has hung up his boots for another year, yet the parcel delivery firms which help are still zipping around the UK. Sadly parcel delivery horror stories abound – ranging from no-shows to “they threw the goods over the fence” or “they lied that we weren't in”. So it’s time for our annual poll to sort the good guys from the cowboys... Please rate your experience with each of these firms DURING THE LAST YEAR (don’t rate if you haven’t experienced their services).

Should the UK impose a maximum cap on salaries?
Jeremy Corbyn said he’s in favour of a cap on salaries to address income inequality in the UK, though since we started this poll he's clarified that he's more concerned about the pay ratios between high and low earners. Are you in favour of a salary cap? Please choose the option closest to your opinion (all figures have been rounded):

Do you have credit cards and how do you use them?
It’s the New Year, and the time when most debt problems are at their worst. This week we want to focus on plastic, meaning credit (and store) cards, and are interested to know how you use them. Which of these is closest to your credit card situation?

What's your least favourite part of Christmas dinner?
Whether you plump for turkey, goose, ham or a good-old nut roast for your festive meal, there’s usually something of the myriads on offer that you’d rather go without. Maybe you’d ditch the sprouts, chuck out the turkey or skip Christmas pudding altogether? What’s your least favourite part of Christmas dinner?

What’s your favourite Christmas carol?
Christmas is nearly upon us so for a bit of fun we wanted to discover the nation’s favourite Christmas carol (or at least the MoneySaving element of the nation). Sadly, Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You is not a Christmas carol. So we’ve rounded up 25 classic Christmas carols for you to select your favourite:

Which comedian would make the best PM?
Politics is a funny business. No surprise then that the Guatemalan president, the leader of Italy’s Five Star Movement and a previous mayor of Reykjavik are all former comedians. We’re sure there are other politicians you think are a joke too. So for some festive fun, which of these 35 comedians (sorry if your favourite was missed) do you think would make the best UK Prime Minister?

If you could cancel Christmas, would you?
It’s time for our annual ‘bah humbug’ poll. Christmas conjures a picture of family, fun and festive frivolity for some, and stress, debt and chores for others (see Martin's Ban Unnecessary Christmas Presents blog). So if you had a CANCEL CHRISTMAS button that'd make the whole thing disappear (and just add days to your holiday entitlement), would you press it?