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. How much money per week is a single adult asylum seeker eligible for in benefits?
    between £  and £ 
  2. As of 25th April 2005, how many British servicemen had died in the invasion of Iraq?
    between    and   
  3. How many people were in prison in Britain in 2003?
    between    and   
  4. What's the average budget for one serving of a school dinner in England and Wales?
    between £  and £ 
  5. How much is the basic state pension for people who have paid National Insurance, per week?
    between £  and £ 
  6. In 2003, what percentage of GDP (national income) did the government spend on foreign aid?
    between  % and  %
  7. According to Home Office figures, what would an ID card system cost each taxpayer, including the one-off charge for the card itself?
    between £  and £ 
  8. What percentage of the seats in the House of Commons were won by the Labour Party in the 2001 General Election?
    between  % and  %
  9. How many people were employed in the Civil Service in 2003?
    between    and   
  10. Up to the end of March 2004, how much did the British contribution to the invasion of Iraq cost?
    between £billion and £billion

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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