Candidate Survey 2010

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Responses

A list of candidates who have completed the questionnaire can be found here:

Category:Candidate Survey Response

Questions

The following questions are among those you might like to pose to your prospective parliamentary candidates.

Health

  1. Do you support the use of public funds to provide unproven health products such as homeopathy?
  2. Do you think that abortion time limits should always be determined by the current scientific and medical consensus?

Science

  1. Do you agree that testing on animals (within strict criteria) is a necessary part of the development of medicines?

Religion

  1. Should schools be allowed to teach creationism as an equivalent theory to evolution?
  2. Should religious courts such as Sharia and Beth Din be recognised as alternative systems within UK law?
  3. Do you believe that religious belief should be legally protected from ridicule?
  4. Should religious leaders be entitled to vote in the House of Lords?

Evidence-based Policymaking

  1. Should an independent government adviser whose views in their area of expertise conflict with government policy be able to express those views publicly without fear of being sacked?
  2. Should policy-makers trust scientific evidence even when it appears counter-intuitive?

Libel Law

  1. Do you support the reform of English and Welsh libel law to allow a stronger 'public interest' defence?

Criticism of the Candidate Survey

This survey has been criticised as overly loaded and biased, including by David Chappell. We're interested in improving the design for future surveys. If you'd like to help, please add your comments to the Discussion Page of this article.

Suggested Additional Questions

If you contact your local candidates, feel free to add your own questions (or remove or reword the suggested questions). Additional questions can reflect your own interests and do not need to have a skeptical focus. The following questions may be of interest to skeptical voters:

Health

  1. Do you believe the UK should move to an opt out, rather than an opt in, organ donation system?