The Spectator

Barometer | 5 November 2015

Plus: expectations of driverless cars; drugs and porn; celebrity clothes at auction

Family business

Justin Trudeau, son of Pierre Trudeau, was elected to his father’s old job as Prime Minister of Canada. Other descendants of former leaders currently in power:
— The maternal grandfather of Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, held the same job between 1957 and 1960.
— Park Geun-hye, president of South Korea, is daughter of Park Chung-hee, president between 1963 and 1979.
— Benigno Aquino III, president of the Philippines, is son of Corazon Aquino, president between 1986 and 1992.
— Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh, is daughter of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Prime Minister 1972 to 1975.

Safety drive

Does the public expect driverless cars to make the roads safer? Respondents were asked: how likely is it that there will be fewer crashes with self-driving technology?

Very likely 26%
Somewhat likely 42%
Somewhat unlikely 22%
Very unlikely 10%

Source: University of Michigan

Very likely 24%
Somewhat likely 48%
Somewhat unlikely 22%
Very unlikely 7.2%

Source: University of Michigan

Typical sins

Conservative MP James Cleverly admitted on a radio broadcast to watching online porn and smoking marijuana, the latter at university. Does this make him typical?
31% of adults say they have taken an illegal drug at some point in their lives, according to the British drugs survey.
56% say they have viewed porn on the internet, according to an Opinium poll.

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Laundry list

The V&A may take a collection of clothes worn by Mrs Thatcher, while other items of hers are now being auctioned.

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