Would you support renationalisation of energy, water, rail and more?MoneySaving Poll Results


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:


Aviation (ie British Airways) (10734 votes)
Renationalise1922 votes (18%)
Keep private6648 votes (62%)
Undecided2164 votes (20%)
Bus services (eg The National Bus Company) (10737 votes)
Renationalise6586 votes (61%)
Keep private2790 votes (26%)
Undecided1361 votes (13%)
Directory enquiries (ie 118 numbers) (10734 votes)
Renationalise5452 votes (51%)
Keep private3306 votes (31%)
Undecided1976 votes (18%)
Gas & electricity (eg British Gas) (10737 votes)
Renationalise8025 votes (75%)
Keep private2080 votes (19%)
Undecided632 votes (6%)
Oil (eg British Petroleum) (10733 votes)
Renationalise5109 votes (48%)
Keep private3813 votes (36%)
Undecided1811 votes (17%)
Postal services (ie Royal Mail or the Post Office) (10740 votes)
Renationalise8653 votes (81%)
Keep private1509 votes (14%)
Undecided578 votes (5%)
Rail services (eg Network Rail) (10742 votes)
Renationalise9256 votes (86%)
Keep private1152 votes (11%)
Undecided334 votes (3%)
Telephone & by association internet (ie BT) (10734 votes)
Renationalise4193 votes (39%)
Keep private4878 votes (45%)
Undecided1663 votes (15%)
Water (eg Thames Water) (10737 votes)
Renationalise8997 votes (84%)
Keep private1208 votes (11%)
Undecided532 votes (5%)

           10,745 people have voted.

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.