About Remain vs Leave

Should the UK stay in the European Union, or leave?

Remain vs Leave helps you find out which side you’re really rooting for.

We read the arguments from three of the most prominent campaigns on each side of the debate, and created an informative questionnaire to help you find out which campaigns think like you.

Remain vs Leave thanks the Electionaire and Electionance teams for their permission to adapt and modify their site. Many parts of Remain vs Leave, such as its source code, its research process, and this page were adapted from Electionance. We were also inspired by Bernie vs Hillary by Incitement Design.

Remain vs Leave is independent

It remains unaffiliated and unaligned with any political party, referendum campaign, think tank, or EU body. We received no funding or support from any such groups. Each team member contributed to the project in their personal capacity.

Remain vs Leave strives to be objective.

The team carefully read each campaign’s stances to choose topics and questions that voters care about, and to keep them relevant and timely. We assigned scores to each campaign on each question, and sought advice from people familiar with the topics. It is impossible to accurately quantify policy positions into a simple quiz, but we strove to make it as objective and accurate as possible.

When choosing sources for expert views on the results page, we sought to find a balance of pro- and anti-exit stances. We do not endorse any of these sources and merely present them as is.

Remain vs Leave does not tell you who to vote for.

Instead, do your own research and decide for yourself. As with any information source, take this quiz with a critical eye.

How Remain vs Leave calculates your scores

We examined the websites and public statements of each campaign and identified their stances on each question. If a clear stance was not explicitly available, the team tried to find a quote on a related topic. If the team could not find a related quote, the team marked the stance as “no position”. See the spreadsheet here.

There are two sets of scores on each results page: the overall remain/leave scores, and the individual campaign scores.

Overall scores indicate the proportion of answers which match each side of the debate. They do not add up to 100% if you choose any Neutral options.

Individual campaign scores indicate how much you think like a particular campaign. If your overall score is high for one side (e.g. leave) but your scores for the Leave campaigns are low, that is normal because the individual campaigns scores account for qualified yes/no answers more strongly than the overall scores.

The exact algorithm for individual campaign scores is as follows:

Total Deviation = 
    Sum of (weight of each question as set by user: 0.75 or 1.0) * 
        (party value - user's value)
    for all questions

Final percentage = 100 - total deviation / 
    (max possible total deviation - min possible deviation)
        

The Team

Responsible for all research, design, and development are:

  1. Adlin Zainal, Yale-NUS ‘17
  2. Adrian Stymne, Yale-NUS ‘17
  3. Dave Chappell, Yale-NUS ‘18
  4. Koh Wei Jie, Yale-NUS ‘17
  5. Martin Vasev, Yale-NUS ‘18
  6. Natalie Tan, Yale-NUS ‘17
  7. Shalmoli Halder, Yale University ‘15
  8. Siddharth Rajgopalan, National University of Singapore ‘14
  9. Simonas Bartulis, Yale-NUS ‘18
  10. Swarnima Sircar, Yale-NUS ‘19
  11. Yip Wing Yan, Yale-NUS ‘19

All information collected is anonymous and will not be used for commercial purposes.

Contact us at [email protected].

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