2005 General Election Estimation Quiz

How much do you really know about the facts and figures behind this election campaign? Here's your chance to find out. Below there are 10 questions on a number of subjects which have been discussed by the politicians and the media over the past few weeks. The answer to each question is a number, but you aren't expected to know it exactly. To score points, you just need to be able to say roughly how big the number is, by giving a number you think is smaller than the correct answer, and one you think is bigger.

You get points if the true answer lies between the numbers you give. The closer together are your two guesses, the better your score. But you will lose points if the true answer lies outside the range you give.

There are no trick questions in this quiz.

  1. What was the total amount spent by parties campaigning for the 2001 General Election?
    between £million and £million
  2. As of 25th April 2005, how many British servicemen had died in the invasion of Iraq?
    between    and   
  3. What was the total number of ASBOs (anti-social behaviour orders) issued in England and Wales in 2003?
    between    and   
  4. How long is the proposed European Constitution in its English translation, in A4 pages?
    between    and   
  5. What is the current annual salary of an MP?
    between £  and £ 
  6. What percentage of police time is spent on foot patrols ("on the beat")?
    between  % and  %
  7. How many people were employed in the Civil Service in 2003?
    between    and   
  8. In February 2005, how much tax was payable on the average litre of petrol?
    between  p and  p
  9. How many homicides were there in Britain in 2003/4?
    between    and   
  10. What's the average budget for one serving of a school dinner in England and Wales?
    between £  and £ 

There are 10 questions in that list. That's enough to calculate your score — approximately. But if you want, you can answer some more questions. The more questions you answer, the more accurate your score will be! (There is also a small bonus for answering more questions.)

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