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Last Updated: Friday, 26 May 2006, 10:58 GMT 11:58 UK
Friday Poll: Happiness
What do you think when politicians talk about your happiness?

Every Friday, Giles brings you the results of a topical poll commissioned by The Daily Politics.

Giles' weekly Poll Dancing slot has been such a hit, we've teamed up with Populus to bring you a weekly swathe of opinion on the issues that affect you.

So tune in on BBC Two on Fridays at noon, or watch anytime in broadband!

Latest Poll: Friday May 26th

Tory leader David Cameron has said there is more to life than making money, arguing that improving people's happiness is a key challenge for politicians.

And a recent survey suggests that Britain's falling birth rate is being fuelled by a generation who would rather have fun and live comfortably than have children.

But is this a political issue at all? And what do you make of it all? We put the following statements to 1,0012 voters, and asked whether they agreed or disagreed:

  • Governments can't influence how happy I am.
  • The country would be happier if there were less of a gap between rich and poor.
  • If I worked less and spent more time with my family I would be happier.
  • We'd all be happier if politicians stopped talking about happiness.


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What about you?

For the full results broken down by gender, age and social grouping, download the document in the box on the right. There's also a pop-up graph top right, or, if you just need the main results, here they are:

  • On whether governments can influence our happiness, you were split more or less down the middle.
  • 3 out of 4 of you said that the country would be happier if the poverty gap were narrower.
  • A massive 82% of you would be happier if you spent more time with family and less at work.
  • And two thirds of you would be happier if the politicians stopped talking about happiness.

Populus interviewed a random sample of 1,012 adults aged 18+ by telephone on May 24th & 25th 2006. Interviews were conducted across England and the results have been weighted to be representative of all English adults. Populus is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.


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