The doors of power – which one are you most curious to look behind?
by Harris MacLeod in Politics Lab
Tue August 7, 1:40 p.m. BST
If you had a free pass to see inside one of the world’s power centres, which one would you choose?
Would you like to watch Barack Obama take historical decisions one minute, and perhaps pack lunches for Malia and Sasha the next?
Or would you rather see inside a less prominent official residence, such as Inkognitogata 18, the official residence of the prime minister of Norway?
No doubt a look inside Maximos Mansion, the Greek prime minister’s official seat, would make for some interesting observation at this time – but which prospect spiked your curiosity, and why?
In YouGov’s PoliticsLab, we invited you to tell us which official residence’s front door you would most like to glimpse behind.
The highest proportion of those who took part in the debate said they would want to look behind the door of Number 10 Downing Street, the official residence of the prime minister of the United Kingdom.
- Those who chose No 10 said they would like the chance to get an unfiltered glimpse at the centre of power, and to see how David Cameron is in his private time as opposed to how he is presented in the media
- You also said you wanted to gain an insight into how the decisions that impact the country are made.
- Other participants said they wanted to see inside No 10 because of its rich history as the residence of 88 Prime Ministers, starting with Robert Walpole in 1730.
Participants’ second choice was to see behind the door of the White House, the official resident of the president of the United States of America.
- You told us that the appeal of seeing inside the White House was to watch the most powerful person in the world at work, and gain an insight into how the most powerful country in the world is run.
The third choice for those who took part in the debate was to look behind the door of the Kremlin, the official residence of the president of Russia.
- For those of you who most wanted to see inside the Kremlin, it was the residence’s intrigue and rich history that made it enticing.
- The Moscow Kremlin, a fortified complex that consists of four palaces and four cathedrals, has been continuously inhabited since the second century BC, and has been the home of Tsars, Soviet dictators, and is today the official residence of Vladimir Putin.
Click on the headings below to see the range of comments made by panellists in Labs:
Q: If you had the chance to look behind the front door of one national leader’s residence, which one would you choose?
Which official residence would you most like to see inside?
And who do you think is the most interesting world leader currently in power?