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Can You Guess Which Petition Was Supported In Which Part Of The UK?

Who actually signs government petitions and where do they live?

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Everyone loves government petitions! No, honestly.

The public like them because it's a form of direct democracy: Just 100,000 signatures in favour of a motion is enough to get almost any issue debated in parliament, which is a massive boost to campaigners. Journalists also love them because they give strong headlines: "500,000 people want to ban something" sounds important when it's at the top of news bulletins. Some politicians also like them because they can be used to demonstrate broad support for a crucial issue.

But what happens if you look behind the headline figures at the data and see who is actually signing the petitions? BuzzFeed News checked the constituency-level support for several popular government petitions and found there were dramatic regional differences when it came to the location of their backers.

Although this is not a scientific method – it's a self-selecting sample and you're more likely to sign a petition if you're already a politically engaged person with easy access to the internet – it does offer a good idea regarding which political issues people care about in different parts of the country.

So, can you work out which map shows the support for which popular government petition?

Some maps have been cropped to focus on particular areas of support. The darker the colour of a constituency, the larger the number of people who have signed the petition.

  1. Which petition is this?

    parliament.uk

    This one was most popular in the constituencies of Bristol West, Brighton Pavilion, and Manchester Withington. Other constituencies where it was popular include Cambridge, Sheffield Central, and Hackney North and Stoke Newington. It received a fairly strong level of support across England, including in many Tory-held seats. It was least popular in traditional Labour seats such as Birmingham Hodge Hill, Wolverhampton South East, and Leicester East.

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    Jeremy Hunt should resign.
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    Incorrect
    Cut the BBC's budget.
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    Incorrect
    Save the bees.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    "Consider a vote of No Confidence in Jeremy Hunt, Health Secretary"

    This petition received 334,436 signatures.

  2. Which petition is this?

    parliament.uk

    This petition was mainly popular in rural areas and safe Conservative seats such as Sleaford and North Hykeham, Isle of Wight, and Christchurch. There were particular strong pockets of support in Lincolnshire and Kent. It was least popular in London constituencies such as Tottenham, Camberwell and Peckham, and East Ham.

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    Incorrect
    Do not accept any more Syrian refugees.
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    Incorrect
    Cut the foreign aid budget.
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    Incorrect
    David Cameron should resign.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    "Stop spending a fixed 0.7 per cent slice of our national wealth on Foreign Aid"

    The petition was signed by 229,400 people.

  3. Which petition is this?

    parliament.uk

    This one gained a substantial proportion of its support from major English cities. The top constituencies were Bethnal Green and Bow, Poplar and Limehouse, and Birmingham Hall Green. Other constituencies where it was popular include Bradford West, Bristol West, and Blackburn. It was least popular in traditional Labour constituencies in Wales and the north of England such as Washington and Sunderland West, plus Blaenau Gwent and Barnsley East.

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    Cut government spending on disability benefits.
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    Incorrect
    Don't launch bombing raids on Syria.
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    Incorrect
    Ban Donald Trump from the UK.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    "Vote no on military action in Syria against IS in response to the Paris attacks"

    The petition was signed by 227,653 people.

  4. Which petition is this?

    parliament.uk

    This was most popular in the constituencies of Bethnal Green and Bow, Bristol West, and Holborn and St Pancras. Other constituencies outside London where it was popular include Brighton Pavilion, Edinburgh North and Leith, and Oxford East. It was least popular in Wales and traditional Labour-held seats in the north of England.

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    Incorrect
    Rebuild the canal network.
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    Incorrect
    Ban Donald Trump from the UK.
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    Incorrect
    The UK should leave the EU.
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    Wrong!

    Ban Donald Trump from the UK!

    This petition received 584,810 signatures and made headlines around the world.

  5. Which petition is this?

    Parliament.uk

    This petition received a substantial proportion of its support from inner London constituencies, with pockets of support in Bristol West, Brighton Pavilon, and Edinburgh North and Leith. It had a relatively low level of support in traditional Labour seats across Wales and the north of England, with much higher support in Scotland. It was least popular in Walsall North, Blaenau Gwent, and Wolverhampton South East.

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    Incorrect
    Accept more Syrian refugees.
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    Incorrect
    Don't accept more Syrian refugees.
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    Incorrect
    Save the bees.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Accept more asylum seekers and increase support for refugee migrants in the UK.

    This petition received 450,287 signatures.

  6. Which petition is this?

    Parliament.uk

    This one is most popular in traditional Conservative seats such as the Isle of Wight, Rochester and Strood, and Sleaford and North Hykeham. It has very low levels of support in Scotland, Wales, and major cities such as London. It is least popular in constituencies such as Glasgow East, Hackney North and Stoke Newington, and Islington North.

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    Incorrect
    Take in more Syrian refugees.
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    Incorrect
    Stop spending government money on pro-EU leaflets.
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    Incorrect
    Stop the closure of community pubs.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    "STOP CAMERON spending British taxpayers’ money on Pro-EU Referendum leaflets."

    This petition received 219,655 signatures. Downing Street hasn't stopped spending money on the leaflets.

  7. Which petition is this?

    This petition is most popular around the Thames Estuary, in constituencies such as Thurrock, Dartford, and South Basildon. Other places where it is popular include traditional Labour seats in the north of England such as Redcar, Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, and Doncaster North. It is least popular in constituencies in major cities such as Hackney North and Stoke Newington, Glasgow North, and Islington North.

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    Incorrect
    Ban all immigrants from the UK.
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    Incorrect
    Increase funding for London's NHS hospitals.
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    Incorrect
    End motorway tolls now.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    "Stop allowing immigrants into the UK."

    The petition was signed by 216,949 people.

  8. Which petition is this?

    Parliament.uk

    This petition received substantial support from constituencies in south Wales, with other pockets of support from constituencies in inner London, Corby, and South Yorkshire.

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    Incorrect
    Hold a vote on Welsh independence.
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    Incorrect
    Save the bees.
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    Incorrect
    Recall parliament to deal with the steel crisis.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    "Call on David Cameron to act to protect our steel industry & recall Parliament"

    This petition was created by Jeremy Corbyn when parliament was in recess and Tata Steel in Port Talbot was on the brink of collapse. It received 153,135 signatures.

  9. Which petition is this?

    Parliament.uk

    This petition receives a relatively steady level of support from across the country, with strong pockets of support in cities outside London. It is most popular in Sheffield Central, Bristol West, and Manchester Withington. Other areas where it is popular include Norwich South, Oxford East, and York Central. It is least popular in constituencies such as Leicester East, Kensington, and Windsor.

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    Incorrect
    Turn schools into academies.
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    Incorrect
    Maintain funding for NHS bursaries.
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    Incorrect
    Save the bees
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    "Keep the NHS Bursary"

    This petition to maintain funding for NHS staff received 161,665 signatures.

  10. Which petition is this?

    Parliament.uk

    This petition was overwhelmingly popular in just a handful of Scottish constituencies: Bannff and Buchan, Gordon, and Aberdeen South. There were also pockets of support in the Cities of London and Westminster and Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock.

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    Incorrect
    Protect the wind farm industry.
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    Incorrect
    Lower the tax on whisky production.
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    Incorrect
    Don't ban Donald Trump from the UK.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    "Don't ban Trump from the United Kingdom"

    The petition received 46,389 signatures. It may not be coincidental that Trump owns golf courses that employ a substantial number of people in Aberdeenshire and on the west coast of Scotland.

Jim Waterson is a politics editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Jim Waterson at jim.waterson@buzzfeed.com.

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