But it depends on the situation...

News reports are full of the results of polls and surveys which claim to tell us people's opinion of some important or controversial issue. People even give each other surveys on social networking sites.

You don't have to be a psychologist to know that the answers people give to survey questions don't give a true picture of what they do or say because people do or say slightly different things depending on the situation.

We are social scientists based at the University of Exeter and the University of California, Davis, and we are taking a different approach to finding out what people think. We present them with a specific situation and ask them about that. The study we are running at the moment is called "Richard's Question"* and it is a question about homosexuality.

We hope that people will find taking part in this study interesting. If you would like to participate, your responses will be completely anonymous. If you would like to know more about the study you can leave your email address after you have completed the study. Your email address will be kept separate from your responses. We will email you a summary of the results when they are available. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose or given to anyone else.

If you would like to take part in this study, please click here

Lesley Newson and Pete Richerson

P.S. Please tell your friends about the study if you think they might be interested but don't discuss the study with them or let them know your responses until they have taken it themselves.

*"Richard's Question" has received approval from the ethics committee of University of Exeter School of Psychology and the Institutional Review Board of the University of California, Davis.