The “secret” formula for voting

The Electoral Commission commissioned psycholgists to develop a formula to predict voting behaviour. It is part of the Commission’s attempts to encourage voter trunout in May’s local elections in England.

How do you score?

For polticial parties, how many of the factors identified are they in a position to influence?

C (Personal contact by party) is an easy one. I (A belief that any of the parties can handle important issues) is probably a perception based on performance between elections. N (Perception of the nature of the national competition between the parties) influenced both between and at elections. Little can be done about S (Perception of how safe the local seat is) in many seats and V (Perception that my vote will count) probably depends more on the tightness of the polls. P (Parental interest in politics) and D (Sense of voting as a duty) impossible or very difficult for political parties to change or influence.

  • I clicked calculate, nothing happened.

  • fair_deal

    PP

    It calculates when I try it.

  • George

    When I tried to answer it honestly:

    “Up to now you have been disengaged with politics and cannot see why you should vote. But do you care about your rubbish being collected, your local library having books, your local roads and pathways being well-maintained or your local park having safe play facilities? If so, you care about local politics and can make a difference to these services and more with your vote on 4 May.”

    But if I put in the highest value I get this:

    “You do believe in having the right to vote, but are unsure as to whether it really will make a difference. So, should you vote or not? Yes, if you want good recycling facilities, sports centres, parking schemes and street lighting, because your local council runs all these services and your vote on 4 May will send a message about what sort of services you want and expect.”

    Seems a bit of a swizz to me.

  • Paul P

    I gaurantee no matter what your calculation is the comment you get would be some guff about how important your vote really is!

  • mick de dublin anarchist

    I got:

    “You believe voting is vital and you feel good when you vote – as a result you are very likely to vote. Make sure you tell everyone you know, in schools, supermarkets, over the garden fence and on the bus that you are voting and they should vote too. And make sure your kids and the kids of your friends know you are voting and that if they are over 18 they should vote too. Shout loud and proud, I vote because it makes a difference.”

    I voted:
    How much of a difference you think your vote will make to the result = 1
    How much do you think voting is a duty = 1

    From which I’ve deduced that the website is using the following algorithm

    foreach(user_input as vote) ignore(vote)
    print dumb_ass_propaganda

  • Henry94

    If you’re not going to vote how likely are you to take the test.

    They should have one for here with

    “You do believe in having the right to vote, but are unsure as to whether it really will make a difference. So, should you vote or not? No, if you want good recycling facilities, sports centres, parking schemes and street lighting, leave it to the two governments. Nobody you would dream of voting for has any contribution to make other than to drone on about their obsessions. why not just go to a movie on the day there’s a good lad”

  • TAFKABO

    I always believed in the saying If you don’t vote, don’t complain

    And I do like to complain.

    Scored 31 on the test, same result as post 5 .

  • Rubicon

    I got the same advice as Henry94!

    I’m going to see my shrink first thing in the morning!

    (Sorry Henry – joke I couldn’t resist).

    The interesting part of the formula is “C”. Perhaps I live in a rotten constituency but I’ve yet to be canvassed for my vote at ANY election over the past 10 years. When I lived in the Republic I was always canvassed – same in UK.

    Anyone else with this experience? Does turnout here have something to do with politicians presuming on their vote?

    (Agree with previous comments – the website is a joke).

  • smcgiff

    Scored 7. Don’t know what this means, but I always vote.

    There’s some serious flaws behind the formula, then again, it’s not meant to be a universal constant. It’s not like E=mc2. It’s an indicator.

  • The Devil

    Well I tried it and it said,

    “don’t even bother trying to vote the shinners have stolen yours”