Should the BBC be downscaled? MoneySaving Poll Results

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The Government has launched a consultation on the future of the BBC ahead of its 2016 Royal Charter renewal. Its main focus is, controversially, on downscaling the BBC. So we wanted to test attitudes on this, with some deliberately stark options. 

How it works today: You need a TV licence to watch any TV channel (not just BBC), unless you only watch catch-up (see our Do I need a TV licence? guide) – but the TV licence primarily funds BBC TV, national & local radio and BBC online. Overseas services can be funded by commercial profits.

Should the BBC be downscaled? Please choose the option NEAREST to your opinion. 

Results

I'm aged under 25 (514 votes)
No, make it bigger – increase the licence fee to pay for more39 votes (8%)
No, make it bigger – but scrap licence fee and pay for it from general taxation24 votes (5%)
No, keep roughly as now – and same licence fee (rising with inflation)168 votes (33%)
No, keep roughly as now – but scrap licence fee and pay for it from general taxation68 votes (13%)
Yes, downscale TV arm to news plus other programmes you wouldn’t get elsewhere – cut but keep the licence fee27 votes (5%)
Yes, to just news, weather, radio, website – via huge cut to licence fee & rest funded by ads21 votes (4%)
Yes, to just news, weather, radio, website – via huge cut to licence fee & rest funded by subscription10 votes (2%)
Scrap BBC special status & licence fee – fund by advertising107 votes (21%)
Scrap BBC special status & licence fee – fund by subscription30 votes (6%)
Close the BBC entirely20 votes (4%)
I'm aged 25 to 34 (2201 votes)
No, make it bigger – increase the licence fee to pay for more118 votes (5%)
No, make it bigger – but scrap licence fee and pay for it from general taxation65 votes (3%)
No, keep roughly as now – and same licence fee (rising with inflation)804 votes (37%)
No, keep roughly as now – but scrap licence fee and pay for it from general taxation271 votes (12%)
Yes, downscale TV arm to news plus other programmes you wouldn’t get elsewhere – cut but keep the licence fee104 votes (5%)
Yes, to just news, weather, radio, website – via huge cut to licence fee & rest funded by ads62 votes (3%)
Yes, to just news, weather, radio, website – via huge cut to licence fee & rest funded by subscription39 votes (2%)
Scrap BBC special status & licence fee – fund by advertising536 votes (24%)
Scrap BBC special status & licence fee – fund by subscription146 votes (7%)
Close the BBC entirely56 votes (3%)
I’m aged 35 to 49 (4443 votes)
No, make it bigger – increase the licence fee to pay for more191 votes (4%)
No, make it bigger – but scrap licence fee and pay for it from general taxation134 votes (3%)
No, keep roughly as now – and same licence fee (rising with inflation)1793 votes (40%)
No, keep roughly as now – but scrap licence fee and pay for it from general taxation526 votes (12%)
Yes, downscale TV arm to news plus other programmes you wouldn’t get elsewhere – cut but keep the licence fee190 votes (4%)
Yes, to just news, weather, radio, website – via huge cut to licence fee & rest funded by ads103 votes (2%)
Yes, to just news, weather, radio, website – via huge cut to licence fee & rest funded by subscription83 votes (2%)
Scrap BBC special status & licence fee – fund by advertising1040 votes (23%)
Scrap BBC special status & licence fee – fund by subscription272 votes (6%)
Close the BBC entirely111 votes (2%)
I'm aged 50 to 64 (5390 votes)
No, make it bigger – increase the licence fee to pay for more267 votes (5%)
No, make it bigger – but scrap licence fee and pay for it from general taxation175 votes (3%)
No, keep roughly as now – and same licence fee (rising with inflation)2161 votes (40%)
No, keep roughly as now – but scrap licence fee and pay for it from general taxation704 votes (13%)
Yes, downscale TV arm to news plus other programmes you wouldn’t get elsewhere – cut but keep the licence fee262 votes (5%)
Yes, to just news, weather, radio, website – via huge cut to licence fee & rest funded by ads151 votes (3%)
Yes, to just news, weather, radio, website – via huge cut to licence fee & rest funded by subscription87 votes (2%)
Scrap BBC special status & licence fee – fund by advertising1195 votes (22%)
Scrap BBC special status & licence fee – fund by subscription281 votes (5%)
Close the BBC entirely107 votes (2%)
I'm aged 65+ (3670 votes)
No, make it bigger – increase the licence fee to pay for more139 votes (4%)
No, make it bigger – but scrap licence fee and pay for it from general taxation112 votes (3%)
No, keep roughly as now – and same licence fee (rising with inflation)1455 votes (40%)
No, keep roughly as now – but scrap licence fee and pay for it from general taxation452 votes (12%)
Yes, downscale TV arm to news plus other programmes you wouldn’t get elsewhere – cut but keep the licence fee363 votes (10%)
Yes, to just news, weather, radio, website – via huge cut to licence fee & rest funded by ads97 votes (3%)
Yes, to just news, weather, radio, website – via huge cut to licence fee & rest funded by subscription59 votes (2%)
Scrap BBC special status & licence fee – fund by advertising687 votes (19%)
Scrap BBC special status & licence fee – fund by subscription179 votes (5%)
Close the BBC entirely127 votes (3%)

                   16,218 votes received.

We try to use technology to limit voting to one per person. Occasionally, this may erroneously block a few people's votes (eg, from shared offices). Apologies for that.