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What questions do you ask about the coalition?

We ask respondents about their views of coalitions in general by asking how much they agree or disagree with the following statements:

  • It is more difficult to know who to blame when parties govern in coalition
  • Coalition governments are more effective than single party governments
  • Coalition governments are more in tune with the public than governments formed of one party
  • Parties cannot deliver on their promises when they govern in coalition


In addition, the British Election Study also asks about how respondents assign blame between the coalition partners. We ask about who is responsible for the following issues:

  • the size of Britain’s national debt
  • the economy
  • the NHS
  • education
  • the cost of living
  • immigration
  • crime