Our longest-running poll, and our biggest ever response: 1,542 readers voted to tell us which party had the best policies for science and engineering. The incumbent Labour Party, perhaps reaping the rewards for a record seen as often well-intentioned but ineffectual, came off worst, with 18.2 percent of the vote; the Conservatives narrowly beat the Liberal Democrats, with 39% over 33.5%.
In our last four issues, we’ve featured the opinions of all the main parties’ science and technology spokesman, as well as the chief executive of the IMechE, Stephen Tetlow, on the implications of a hung parliament. How much of an effect these articles had on our poll results can’t be gauged; the Tory spokesman, Adam Afriyie, is untried compared with his hugely experienced Labour counterpart, motor racing enthusiast Lord Drayson. The Lib Dem spokesman, Evan Harris, has gained a large amount of respect in parliament and in the research community as a voice for science and technology, especially in Select Committees.
It seems that a hung parliament may be the most likely outcome of this week’s election, in which case Harris’s voice may well be more influential (assuming he retains his seat). In any case, we’d like to know your opinions on this poll.
Previous Poll Results
Which party do you think has the best policy for science, engineering and technology?