What Britain Thinks is an initiative to try out, and learn from, practical ways of giving everyone in Britain the chance to have a say on important issues.
Its first attempt involved the question of Britans involvement in the war on Iraq. Although it successfully provided through text messaging the opportunity for 80% of British people to contribute, it did not achieve significant publicity and, as a result, had neglible participation. Nonetheless, the voting data did provide some interesting insight on the problems of using this mechanism (see this analysis.)
Since publicity was the main deficiency in the first poll, we are focusing on ways to achieve (eg,) national press, TV and radio advertising for a future poll.
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.