MoneySaving Polls Results Archive

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?

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.