Top tips for voters in 2017

Take the Vote for Policies 2017 survey

When you take the Vote for Policies survey you’ll most likely choose policies from more than one party, so how do you decide which party to vote for? Here are a few tips to help you make your decision, starting with some questions…

  1. Which issues are most important to you?
    Do you care most about Health, or Education, or the Economy? You could start by focussing on the party who policies you chose for those issues that you care about most – even if they weren’t the party you chose the most. Use the Policies Browser (via your personal results page) to find out what the rest of their policies are. Whoever you give your vote to, make sure you know you know exactly what you’re voting for.
  2. What else are they promising? 
    We don’t include all of the policies from the manifestos – only up to eight. That means there may be many other policies being promised by each party on a particular issue. Unfortunately there isn’t really a substitute for reading all the manifestos if you want to be completely informed! You can find all the 2017 manifestos here.
  3. Are the policies realistic – can they be achieved?
    It’s important to know the ‘how’ as well as the ‘what’ when it comes to policies. We recommend you look at the parties’ websites to get more information, and decide if what they are proposing is achievable. You can find links to each of the party’s website via the ‘Policies browser’ (accessible via your personal results page).
  4. Does this party have a good track record?
    Even if the policies are realistic and well costed, will the party deliver them? Knowing how much they have achieved in government is important (we’ll be launching our Policy Tracker soon after the 2017 election). If a party hasn’t been in government, what have they done at a local level within councils? We recommend visiting They Work For You to find out what your politicians do when they’re in power.
  5. How well do you match on other issues?
    If you didn’t choose all of the issues, try taking the survey again for those issues you left out. This may show you whether you match the same party on other issues – or if you have nothing else in common!

Read the manifestos

Of course in a perfect world everybody would read the manifestos. That’s far from reality now, but if you’re having trouble deciding, or if you want more detail about specific issues, it’s the only way to go! Sorry. Take a deep breath, and head to our 2017 manifestos page!

Get a second opinion!

There are some other useful websites out there that we recommend you try. Because the 2017 election was called quickly, not as many are going to be available than we saw in 2015. But here are some that are – we’ll keep updating this list as we get new recommendations.

  • GE2017
    Find out where you  stand on 12 of the hottest topics. Fun, quick and easy to do.
  • Fantasy Frontbench
    Remember fantasy football? Now you can pick your  dream frontbench team based on their personal profile and what they stand for.
  • iSideWith
    An engaging quiz to determine which of the political parties you side with.
  • Position Dial
    Not just another quiz, Position Dial offers with useful information on each of the issues to help you consider your political ‘position’.

 

At Vote for Policies our aim to help more people to vote, and to feel informed about what they are voting for. Whichever party you vote for, we hope 2017 is a positive election for you.