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 many people were in prison in Britain in 2003?
    between    and   
  2. As of 25th April 2005, how many British servicemen had died in the invasion of Iraq?
    between    and   
  3. What percentage of police time is spent on foot patrols ("on the beat")?
    between  % and  %
  4. How many new police officers were recruited in the year before September 2004?
    between    and   
  5. How many prosecutions were there for racially-motivated crime in the UK in 2003/4?
    between    and   
  6. How much money per week is a single adult asylum seeker eligible for in benefits?
    between £  and £ 
  7. What percentage of the 701 people arrested for terrorism offences between September 11 2001, and 11 March 2005 have been found guilty?
    between  % and  %
  8. In February 2005, how much tax was payable on the average litre of petrol?
    between  p and  p
  9. What percentage of the seats in the House of Commons were won by the Labour Party in the 2001 General Election?
    between  % and  %
  10. How much money was raised by speed cameras in 2003/4?
    between £million and £million

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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