Opinion polls reveal that the public wants more referendums to convey to politicians the policies they want


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Polls show that Britons want more referendums, which allows politicians to direct more policies.

Almost one-third (32%) of British people want to have more frequent referendums to help them formulate their policies. According to an Electoral Calculus poll, 31% said they needed to maintain their current levels and 17% said they didn’t know.

This follows the increase in referendums on voting system reform and EU accession over the last decade, as well as a number of regional referendums on local governments, delegation of authority and the Good Friday Agreement.

Almost half (48%) thought they should be able to propose referendum questions, and only 14% were against it. According to a poll of 2,000 adults, 38 percent were neutral.

Citizens can provoke congressional debate through petitions if they gain a certain level of support for over 100,000 signatures at the time a member considers whether to approve the call.

Voters can also trigger a recall petition that forces parliamentarians to resign if more than 10% of voters uphold their dismissal in a petition.

Martin Baxter, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Electoral Calculus, said:

“The general public can be very good at deciding questions that politicians are too difficult or do not want to address, such as House of Lords reform.”

Polls also asked fictitious referendum questions, including whether everyone’s right to freedom of speech and freedom of religion should be enshrined in law. This was supported by 68% to 4%.

60% supported the directly elected House of Lords, and the public supported the recovery of the death penalty with a majority of almost 2 to 1 from 52% to 29%.

Also, strong support for proportional representation in the electoral system was a 4: 1 majority, with opposition between 47% and 12%.

The legalization of cannabis was supported by almost half (47%) of the British population, compared to 30%.

However, the public strongly opposed the abolition of the monarchy and its replacement by the elected head of state, with a majority of 56% to 20%.

However, public disagreements over whether ethnic minorities and religious minority groups should be protected from criticism by law. They slightly opposed the proposal from 34 percent to 27 percent.

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