MoneySaving Polls Results Archive

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?

Would you bend down to pick up a penny?
These days when many refuse to pick up their change in coppers, how much would it have to be for you to bend down and pick up money lying on the ground? Choose the option that’s closest to what you’d do:

Do tear-jerker Christmas ads, such as the bouncing John Lewis dog, change where you shop?
Whether it’s John Lewis’s dog bouncing on a trampoline, Aldi’s carrot traversing a Christmas dinner or Waitrose’s two robins uniting over a mince pie, a host of maudlin Christmas ads are designed to tug at our heart and purse strings. While they certainly get column inches and boost brand recognition, do they change where you do your Christmas shopping? Has this year’s or previous years’ ads ever affected where you shop? Which of these is closest to your answer…?

Have you haggled with Sky, BT, the AA and more this year? Did you succeed?
Call centre haggling can provide big savings – whether it be digital TV, broadband, credit cards, breakdown cover, insurance and more. Each year we try to gauge the success rates of those who’ve done it. So please let us know whether you gained cheaper prices, extra goods, better deals or reduced interest. Which of these firms have you tried to haggle with IN THE LAST YEAR? (Select as many as you want from the major providers below.)

Can you DIY it? How skilled are you...
Life throws up lots of tests, and often things that should be simple aren’t as easy as you think. So which of these 15 old and new life-skills can you do? Please tick ALL you feel competent to do with ease:

Has your energy firm's recent service been good?
Winter’s coming! We’re all about slashing your energy bills (do a five-min comparison) but service counts too. So every six months we test recent customer service… Please rate your current supplier’s SERVICE (not price) IN THE LAST SIX MONTHS. If you’ve gas & elec with different firms, rate both.

Do you eat out more than you eat in?
Britain has become a country of fine restaurants, at fine prices (though do check for a 2for1 deal). Have you become a restaurant regular or do you prefer to cook yourself? How often do you eat out for your EVENING meal (do include takeaways)…?

How do you rate your home phone and broadband provider?
We can tell you which the cheapest providers are, but to find out if their service is any good, we need your help. So twice a year we ask you to tell us about your customer service experiences.Please rate your HOME PHONE and BROADBAND provider(s) on customer service (not price) over the past SIX MONTHS.Phone and broadband from the same provider? Rate each service separately.

Would you live at a murder scene to bag a house price discount?
Last year a North London flat sold at a £100,000 discount to similar properties because a serial killer committed his murders there. We want to test your attitudes to prior property history. In which of the following circumstances would you NEVER buy, even at a big discount (select all that apply) if it's...

How does the prospect of Brexit make you feel about your finances?
Three months ago we asked how you felt about your finances after the UK voted to leave the European Union. This week Theresa May confirmed we'll start the process by the end of March 2017. So we're asking you again: how does the prospect of Brexit make you feel about your finances?

At what age should kids be given their own mobile?
Times are a-changing and what was once a novelty is now commonplace. Of course it depends on the child, but we want to know what age you think is acceptable for a child to have their first mobile phone. Perhaps you think they're a tool that allows kids more freedom. Or are they just another digital distraction? So how old do you think they should be before they get one?

Should the 1p coin be scrapped?
Bank of England governor Mark Carney has said the humble 1p piece should be scrapped one day because its value is decreasing. If the coin was axed, we'd follow in the footsteps of Canada, New Zealand and Australia, which have all got rid of their penny equivalents. Are they an annoyance that you never use, or would it be an unwelcome end of an era?

Should the BBC have fought harder to keep Bake Off?
The BBC has lost huge ratings winner The Great British Bake Off (it’s moving to Channel 4). It follows similar defections including The Voice and Formula One. So should the BBC have risen to the challenge to keep Bake Off, or was it right to not lets its bottom line go soggy? Which of these is closest to your view?

Do you have a will & Power of Attorney in place?
There are two crucial documents that can protect your dependents in future. a) A will: This dictates what you want to happen to your assets if you die (eg, what happens to your house if you share it and aren’t married). See Cheap and Free Wills. b) A lasting Power of Attorney: This allows loved ones to take over your finances if you lose your faculties – see our Power of Attorney guide. So we want to know which you already have in place.

Do you support renationalisation of rail, energy, water and more?
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has argued the railway network should be taken back into public ownership. It was one of a raft of state-owned essential services privatised since the 1980s – usually by floating them on the stock market. Those arguing for privatisation often focus on increased efficiency due to competition. Those against say that firms do what’s best for their shareholders and not for consumers. It’s a complex argument, but we’re really most interested in testing public sentiment, so are keeping it simple. Please vote for the choice closest to your view for each of the following services:

Have you been to university?
It's exam results season and with it comes the inevitable decision of where to go with your life. University is a common next step for those who take A-levels, but you don't need a degree to 'make it'. So we wanted to know what decision you made/plan to make...Please choose the option closest to your own circumstances.

Which gadgets do you have & which do you use?
Consumer tech’s a huge part of our daily lives. We’d like to see what’s changed since we did this poll a year ago and this year we've added more gadgets including drones, GoPros and er Teasmades. Do MoneySavers still use certain gadgets? And which do you now rely on?Please choose as many options as you have, and if you don't have it don't tick it.

The Annual Census
So who are MoneySavers? For the third year running, rather than data-mining, we reckon the politest way to find out is just to ask. Plus we think you may like to find out a little bit more about who else uses this site (or more accurately, who uses this site and answers the polls). Welcome to the third annual MSE census. Please answer the following 11 questions.

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.