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Member Name: west_jenn
Date: 13/05/01, updated on 13/05/01 (191 review reads)
Advantages: can have your say and get money for it
Disadvantages: A lot of the site is still developing
YouGov?s aims to "communicate to politicians, officials and companies the opinions of YouGov users on an anonymous basis".
A lot of it's plans are in the pipe line, but it?s an interesting site and not just for the politics junkie (although there may not be too many of these left by June 7th) It's not a flighty site, it has partners that include Bell Pottinger Public Affairs a government relations company and Roland Berger Strategy that work with executives, corporations and public institutions. It also has an impressive list of advisors.
I was first attracted to the site by it's paid polls. They usually pay 50p to vote in a poll, although I've done a couple for £1. Payout is at £50 and there are between 1-3 polls a week. They appear on the home page with the latest news and are starred in order to stand out. You have to register with YouGov and join the polling club to complete polls.
The latest news is at the top of the home page. These stories are concise, regularly updated and researched by a team of journalists. You have the option of voting ,vote is a big buzzword on this site, on issues raised by news stories. You have to be registered, and to vote on anything you need to login first. Top stories and news for up to 9 days ago are found by clicking the transactive news icon.
There are a number of contributors on the YouGov homepage writing mini articles on topical issues. These include Fay Weldon, John Humphries and a left-right debate on a topic. You can vote on questions these issues raise and view back copies. Also there is a fun quiz where you can see what political party your views best fit.
YouGov shop is a mixed option.It sells memorabilia, political books from humour to textbooks, videos and if you fancy smacking Tony Blair or William Hague round the head you can order golf balls from the giftware section. Still in YouGov shop, there is a political resource section where
you can do the following: get a list of MPs and their websites, view party manifestos from 1945 and see a list of PMs from 1721.
Gov doctor is a section under construction and does sound like it could be quite promising. The plan is for a menu identifying possible problems you may have at a local/national government level, then depending on postcode they will provide an e-mail form to be sent to the relevant person. They will then check on your success and build league tables depending on feedback i.e identifying best housing benefit managers. At the moment they only provide your local MP's name and e-mail address.
The people's parliament is a section where you can vote on a topic that parliament will shortly be voting on. A not yet available part of people's parliament will be having these results sent to MPs before they vote and the vote result posted on YouGov.
Also coming soon on YouGov, if your local council opts in, is a facility for online paying of council tax, parking fines and non domestic rates. Other plans for the future include e-petitions, people power campaigning tools and a GovJobs section. The disadvantage of YouGov is it is a developing site. It will be interesting to see how it develops. It seems like a good way to have your say, although I suppose that depends on whether you think anyone is really listening.