Wednesday, May 5, 2010

FDA's 2010 British Election Study Results

The results of the FDA's indepth analysis of the main candidates, Gordon Brown, David Cameron, and Nick Clegg in the 2010 British Election are as follows:
(The FDA study included analysis of the candidates' backgrounds, visions, incumbency record, and eight policy areas: economy, governance, social, health, education, environment, immigration, and foreign affairs.)

Overall Results:

Scores for :          Gordon Brown      David Cameron        Nick Clegg
Candidates:

Background               6.7/10               6.8/10                         6.2/10

Vision                          7/10                  6/10                         6.5/10

Incumbency                 6/10

Totals for
Candidates:       19.7/30 (66%)        12.8/20 (64%)       12.7/20 (64%)


Policies:

Economic           6.5/10                      7/10                         7.5/10

Goverance            6/10                       7/10                           6/10

Social                 6.5/10                   6.5/10                           8/10

Health                   7/10                      7/10                            8/10

Education           6.5/10                    7.5/10                           6/10

Environment       7.5/10                    7.5/10                        6.5/10

Immigration        5.5/10                    5.5/10                        6.5/10

National Security  5/10                       5/10                         6.5/10

Totals for

Policies:       50.5/80 (63%)          53/80 (66%)             55/80 (69%)


Overall Total

Scores:

Candidates     19.7/30                        12.8/20                     12.7/20

Policies          50.5/80                         53/80                          55/80

Totals:          69.7/110                     65.8/100                     67.8/100


Overall Ranking:

1. Nick Clegg (67.8% grade—C+ grade)
2. David Cameron (65.8% grade—C+ grade)
3. Gordon Brown (63.4% grade—C grade)


C+ grade refers to a slightly more than satisfactory candidate in terms of representing the relevant population group. The candidate does not stand out as a political representative. He or she is mediocre.
C grade refers to a satisfactory candidate in terms of representing the relevant population group. The candidate does not stand out as a political representative. He or she is mediocre.

The lower the grade, the less satisfactory the candidate is. The higher the grade, the more satisfactory the candidate is.

Conclusion:

There is little to choose from between the three candidates, Brown, Cameron, and Clegg as indicated by only 3.4% separating them. Also, the candidates overall scores of 63.4%, 65.8%, and 67.8% are mediocre, which means that the candidates and their parties, Labour, Conservatives, and Liberal Democrats are unworthy of a majority government.

A hung parliament would be a consistent election result with this study.

FDA 2010 British Election Evaluation Report

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