MoneySaving Polls Results Archive

Is your energy company's service any good?
Hopefully the winter’s cold’s now long gone, so it’s the perfect time for our six-monthly poll to test how your energy firm has performed.  This is about customer service though, not price (most still overpay £300/yr, do check the Cheap Energy Club to see if you can save). Please rate your current supplier’s SERVICE (not price) over the last SIX MONTHS. If you’ve gas & elec with different firms, rate both.

Should parents be allowed to take kids out of school for a holiday?
The floodgates could open for parents to take their children out of school during term time following a landmark ruling at the High Court last week.However, the Department for Education has since vowed to change the law and in doing so could tighten the rules. Should parents be allowed to take their kids on holiday during term time? Which of these is CLOSEST to your view?

Where's the best place to haggle on the high street?
Haggling is alive and well in the UK, not just at call centres and market stalls, but even at high street chains. Whether it's asking 'em to throw in some extras or negotiating a discount, some succeed – so we want to know how you got on. Please answer for all the following stores you have tried to haggle in WITHIN THE LAST 12 MONTHS.

What social media networks do you use?
In a world immersed in technology, it’s hard to escape social media networks – and why should you: used right they’re a great way to communicate. So we wanted to know who uses what, does it vary by age and gender, let’s see… Vote for each one you use on at least a reasonably occasional basis:

Is the landline dead?
It seems the landline is dying with more and more people relying on a combination of their mobile phones and internet connections. But has it died yet? How many of your (non-work) calls made and received are on your home phone compared with mobile/web calls?

What one cuisine could you live off for life?
Pizza dominates our restaurant vouchers – after all, the mark-up on bread and tomato is huge so there's room to reduce prices. Yet it got us talking of a somewhat far-fetched scenario, which for fun, we wanted to share. Imagine you're stuck on a desert island for life. There's a food replicator to make you anything you want, BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER & DESSERT, but the setting's stuck on one cuisine. Which would you choose…?

Should all tax returns be made public?
Tax avoidance is the topic on everyone’s lips right now and after media pressure, David Cameron published the last six years' worth of his tax returns on Sunday. Scottish party leaders soon followed. So we wanted to know how public you think tax returns should be? Assume that linked family's returns (ie spouses or children) would be public too. Whose tax returns do you think should be public? Which of these is closest to your view?

Will you miss your local library if it's shut down?
Councils across the country are cutting library budgets and even closing them in an effort to make savings. In the last six years alone, 343 council-run libraries have closed, leading to the loss of nearly 8,000 jobs. Some say in the internet age a library is no longer a necessity – then again, some visit it to access the internet. Do you love your library or not even know where it is? What’s the closest to your view..?

Which UK stores do you LOVE or LOATHE?
Retailers love us to have a relationship with them. Indeed, many feel an almost intimate connection with some brands, but wouldn’t be seen dead crossing others’ thresholds. So let’s see… Please pick up to THREE that you love and up to THREE that you loathe:

Have benefits been cut too far or not far enough?
Iain Duncan Smith resigned from the Cabinet last week, the quoted reason being “disability cuts are not defensible in a Budget which rewards higher earners”. Yet taking all benefit cuts as a WHOLE, not just disability benefits, over the past few years… Which of the following is closest to your view?

Are you loyal or a tart?
When it comes to your money, loyalty doesn’t pay. The big bucks marketing spend goes on attracting new customers with deals; existing customers are often taken for granted. Then again, some stay out of ease, and because they like the service. So are you loyal, or a tart – disloyally switching to constantly bag the best deals?How long have you been with your current main provider for each of the following that are relevant..?

Should Sunday be like any other shopping day?
During the 2012 Olympics, retailers were given extended Sunday opening hours, boosting the economy. George Osborne's plans to change Sunday trading laws in England & Wales, with supermarkets and big retailers potentially allowed extended opening hours – were overruled by MPs.  Of course for stores to be open, someone has to work at them. So what are your views? Please choose the closest option in the relevant categories:

Where is it fair to haggle?
Haggling’s a key tool in any MoneySaver’s arsenal – after all even a price tag is only an indicative mark – it’s not legally binding. Many succeed in haggling prices down from Sky to Tesco, the AA to John Lewis. Yet is haggling acceptable everywhere? Please vote in ALL the categories below on IS IT FAIR TO HAGGLE? Important: This isn’t about whether you do it, but whether you think it fair for anyone to.

Which US presidential candidate would you vote for if you could?
The campaign to select a US President has started; the two main parties there are the Democrats (more liberal) and Republicans (more conservative). Some argue this election has more impact on the UK than our own – so for a bit of fun here's our own MSE election. If you could vote for US President who would you choose? Candidates are listed in order of their results in the US selection process so far.

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.

Is it OK to use a 2for1 voucher on a first date?
Love is in the air… well maybe, it’s the week of Valentine's Day at least, so time for our traditional poll. Is it acceptable to use 2for1 restaurant vouchers on a first date? We ask this each year – let’s see if it’s changed (PS and yes we know in this day and age splitting the bill/the woman paying are more than valid options, but that’s a poll for another day)… Imagine Robert asks Cora (or Tom) to dinner on a first date, saying he’ll pay. When the bill comes, he pulls out a 2for1 voucher – what advice would you give Cora (or Tom)?

Is it acceptable to ask for wedding cash instead of gifts?
In many countries around the world, cash gifts for weddings are a given, but in the UK traditionally they're frowned at. If you were POLITELY asked for cash, not boxed gifts at a wedding, what’s closest to your view?

How much data do you use on your mobile?
For many people their smartphone is now the key to accessing the internet – and with video, TV, social networks, music and more it can easily gobble data. So how much data (we're talking data used on your 3G or 4G signal – not over Wi-Fi) do you USE in a typical month? Either check your data usage settings, or your mobile bill.

What cosmetic surgery/treatments would you pay for?
The cosmetic surgery industry is now big business, worth over £3 billion in the UK alone and it's starting to increase its advertising. So what surgery would you consider or have you had done? (Of course, some cosmetic surgery is a medical necessity, paid for by the NHS or insurance, so we’re not talking about that.) Please select each time you have or would consider the treatment under the relevant category (PS, thanks to our Facebook users for suggesting options.)

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.

When did you last check your credit file?
Your credit file can dictate not just whether you get mortgages, credit card deals, contract mobile phones or cheap energy tariffs, but sometimes even the rate. A small error on your files at credit reference agencies Experian, Equifax or Callcredit can cause havoc, so checking your file is important. When did you last check your credit file?

Are you richer than your parents were?
The world is richer than it used to be, but do you feel it? Taking into account both wealth and income (and factoring in inflation) how do you think you stand compared with your parents? Are you richer than your parents were AT THE SAME AGE?

What’s your favourite chocolate?
In the lull between Christmas and New Year, we’ve decided to have a bit more fun with this week’s poll. Two years ago you told us that your favourite crisps are cheese and onion; now we want to find out which sweet treats float your boat. So which of the following is your favourite chocolate? (Where a brand has more than one variety eg, Aero and Aero Mint, we’ve just included one). Please vote for UP TO THREE of your favourites below (if yours is missing, feel free to vent in the forum discussion).

Who's your favourite film villain of all time?
It's Christmas, so we're going to ditch our usual poll and have a bit of fun. Star Wars, now hitting the flicks, had a fearsome baddie in Darth Vader, but who is your favourite film villain? Please vote for UP TO THREE of your favourites below (if yours is missing, feel free to vent in the forum discussion).

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.)