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Take the EPOP 2013 Annual Quiz

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The elections, public opinion and parties specialist group of the Political Studies Association had our annual conference this weekend: 100+ election nerds, huddled together at the University of Lancaster. If a bomb had fallen on the university this weekend, just imagine the loss to humanity. Friday night saw the annual quiz – 40 rather tricky questions about elections and public opinion – made trickier by taking place after a well-oiled dinner.

These ten questions below come from the round on public opinion. It’s worth saying that you are not supposed to know the answers to these questions. Indeed, if you do, there’s something wrong with you and you need to get out more.

But with a bit of thought, and some underlying knowledge, it was striking how well people did.

No googling, obviously. But then there’s no prize either. So it doesn’t really matter if you do cheat. You are, as my teacher used to say, only cheating yourself…

Philip Cowley

How well do you know the public?

1. A YouGov poll in February this year found that 9% of Americans said they would be willing to have sex with robots. What percentage of Americans thought that a person in an ‘exclusive relationship’ and who did so would be being unfaithful?


2. An ICM poll of Britons in April this year found what percentage had more than 5 cups of tea per day?


3. An Ipsos-Reid poll of Canadians in May this year asked for the number of times respondents had watched their favourite film; what was the average (median) response?


4. A YouGov poll of Americans in August this year asked respondents what decade of the twentieth century they would most like to visit if time travel was a possibility. The winner was the 1950s. What % of Americans said they’d like to visit that decade?


5. Also, on the subject of time travel, a YouGov survey in France in April this year offered respondents the chance to go backwards or forwards in time if time travel was a possibility. What percentage of the French said they would choose to visit the past?


6. A third time travel question. A ComRes poll of Britons in August this year offered respondents seven periods of British history to visit, of which the most popular was Victorian Britain. What % of Brits chose it?


7. In an Ipsos-Mori poll of Scottish Secondary School children earlier this month, what % said that they avoided using their school toilets?


8. An ICM poll of British pet owners in August this year found what percentage who said that they considered their pets more important to them than their cousins?


9. In the European Sex Survey, conducted by YouGov earlier this year, the country in which most people said they’d had sex outdoors was Denmark. What percentage of Danes said that they’d had sex outdoors?


10. What % of Americans in a YouGov poll in August this year thought it was OK to use the word ‘literally’ to indicate emphasis?


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