MoneySaving Polls Results Archive

Would you watch free sports/films online if you knew it was illegal?
Some people are using apps like Twitter’s Periscope to film a TV showing pay-per-view and then stream it for others to watch. 10,000s were said to have watched the recent Mayweather vs Pacquiao fight this way. So we want to know if you’d watch a free stream of an event you’re supposed to pay for if you knew it was breaking the law?

Is your energy company's service any good?
Spring’s here, but winter isn't such a distant memory. We’ve had a host of complaints about poor energy service, so want to do our regular feedback poll to split out the good, the bad and the ugly. Please rate your current supplier’s SERVICE (not price) over the last SIX MONTHS (or less if you’ve recently switched). If you’ve gas and electricity with different firms, please rate both.

What class are you?
It’s an old-fashioned concept, but still something that’s talked about. The aim is for you instinctively to say where you think you fit. What social class do you see yourself in?

Do you feel better off now than five years ago?
A simple question – how do you feel about your finances now compared to at the time of the last general election? Please choose one option in the relevant category below:

Would you buy shares in a Lloyds Bank sell off?
The Tories say they plan to let the public buy up to £10,000 shares each in Lloyds Bank at a 5% discount (paid for by the tax payer) to the share price plus 10% extra shares if you hold them for a year. Labour & Lib Dems have pooh-poohed the idea. If it happens – would you apply? Which of these is closest to your answer?

Which coalition would you vote for?
The opinion polls suggest we’ll have a hung parliament – if so, we could find ourselves with a coalition government again. So for fun, we want to know if you could pick a coalition instead of a party, which you would pick? Which two-party coalition would you pick (order based on seats in last parliament – the one listed first isn’t necessarily the majority party)?

How old were you when you bought your first home or have you never bought one?
The government has announced a new Help to Buy ISA where it’ll add 25% onto the deposit savings of first time buyers. So with this in mind, we wanted to see if the age people buy their first home has changed over the years. Have you bought a home and if so how old were you the first time you did it?

The MSE Leaders’ Debate - Pick the key subjects for PM candidates
Seven party leaders have agreed to take written questions on consumer finance issues – Tory, Labour, Lib Dem, UKIP, Green, SNP & Plaid. Here’s our subject shortlist, some from us, some suggested by you – voting isn’t about whether you agree with the issue, but if you want them to answer it. Choose up to 5 questions you want them to be asked.

How much are you worth (or do you owe) – not counting your home?
We’re asking the same question as last week, but this time we want you to exclude your home and mortgage (primary residence only - if you have a second property or buy-to-let include that). To answer this question, you first need to do a little sum: 1. Add up: the total value of your assets such as your savings & pension (excluding your home). 2. Subtract: outstanding debts - include credit card debt, exclude student loans & mortgage. Then whether you've "net worth" or "net debt", pick your relevant option:

How much are you worth (or do you owe)?
To answer this question, you first need to do a little sum: 1. Add up: the total value of your assets such as your house, savings & pension. 2. Subtract: outstanding debts - include your mortgage, exclude student loans. Then whether you've "net worth" or "net debt", pick your relevant option:

Have you ever ‘tweaked the truth’ on an insurance claim?
Lying on an insurance claim is fraud. No question. Yet many people admit to ‘tweaking the truth’ (still fraud) like saying their mobile phone was taken from their bag when they know the bag was unzipped and it dropped out or claiming they had whiplash after only having a minor car prang. We want you to be honest to see how widespread an issue this is. Have you ever bent the truth? Please answer for each insurance policy you've ever claimed on:

Are you the senior financial partner in your relationship?
Is looking after your household's finances a shared job, or is one of a couple the senior financial partner – taking charge of decisions about insurance, energy bills, investments, debts and more? Choose one option closest to your own circumstances:

Which of these services do you pay cash in hand for?
Ed Balls recently caused controversy by saying he’d expect his gardener to give him a receipt for trimming his hedge. With the onus being on the trader to declare the income for tax and VAT purposes, which of these would you typically pay cash in hand for? FOR SERVICES YOU REGULARLY USE/USED please select if you pay cash in hand or in a traceable way, eg, cash with receipt/invoice or via cheque, card or bank transfer.

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 before six months ago.

Is it OK to use a 2for1 voucher on a first date?
Valentine’s Day will be here this Saturday, but has using vouchers finally broken through the last taboo? Is it acceptable to use 2for1 restaurant vouchers on a first date? We ask this each year – let’s see if it’s changed… Imagine Nick asks Lucy 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 Lucy?

Are you going to vote in this year’s General Election?
Thursday 5 February is National Voter Registration Day (you can register here if you haven’t already). We believe it’s one of the biggest consumer decisions you get to make, but only 65% of people actually voted in the 2010 General Election. Please select the one option most relevant to your intention.

Would you support renationalisation of energy, water, rail and more?
Since the 1980s the Government has privatised many essential services, often by floating previously state-owned companies. Those arguing for privatisation often focus on increased efficiency due to competition. Those against that say 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 own opinion on whether you support renationalisation for each of the following services:

How do you rate your home phone and broadband provider?
We can tell you who 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.

What have you already bought for next Christmas?
No this isn’t a leftover from last year, we’re talking Christmas 2015. While some may groan in horror at the thought, serious MoneySavers have already been out there piling January sales goods into the back cupboard ready for next Christmas. Where do you stand? Which of these items have you already bought for next Christmas? Choose as many as are applicable.

Should restaurant menus tell you the calories?
It’s a new year and a great swathe of the nation is on a diet. In some US cities it’s a requirement that menus tell you how many calories are in their dishes (and other nutritional info) ― would you welcome that information being compulsory here or would you prefer not to know? Please choose the option CLOSEST to your opinion:

Did you go shopping-mad in the 'January sales'?
The so-called 'January sales' seem to be getting earlier every year, with many now starting online well before Christmas. With the sales in full swing did you or will you take advantage? Choose the option that’s closest to your situation…

What’s your favourite Christmas song?
It's Christmas, so for this week's poll, we're forgetting about money and going for a bit of fun. We've selected some of the most loved Christmas songs – choosing the best known version – and we’d like you to pick your favourites. Please vote for your FAVOURITE THREE (if yours is missing, feel free to vent in the forum discussion).

How likely are you to switch when a hot deal ends?
From broadband to 0% cards, many of the best deals are short-lived, then you pay more. We want to find out which products you’re most likely to switch once the initial good deal ends. Please ONLY ANSWER FOR PRODUCTS YOU HAVE/HAVE HAD RECENTLY... and base it on what you actually do, not what you'd like to think you do.

Parcel delivery firms: who are the best and worst?
With the festive season nearly here, parcel delivery firms are zipping around the UK helping out the big man in the red suit. Yet 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 work out who are the good guys and who are the cowboys... Please rate your experience with each of these firms DURING THE LAST YEAR (don’t rate if you haven’t experienced their service).

Is your energy company's service any good?
Winter’s here which means energy bills come to the fore – and poor service can cause real harm. So we’re doing our regular feedback poll to find out how each company is performing. Please rate your current supplier’s SERVICE (not price) over the last SIX MONTHS (or less if you’ve recently switched). If you’ve gas and electricity with different firms, please vote for both.


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