Fair enough on the cat front. One of mine doesn't jump at noises though, and is more likely to go and investigate!
If I had to put money on it I'd say it would split three ways. Two majority opinions and a third minority (discounting the don't knows and can't be arsed to answers) Firstly, one part of the results of any survey will be people feeling they don't give a monkeys and they would support 'what's the point in changing it' argument more than anything else. Secondly, you will get the group who say 'give up the pint? You must be joking, no way' Lastly, there will be a minority of people who would want the change if it's related to metrication and vis-à-vis necessary for the advancement of the EU. Those are the people who would 'want' it to change and they would be the people I would argue with.
Point 1: you can put forward what you think will happen, but you do agree you don't actually know for sure, yes?
Point 2: you can't say you think a lot of people wouldn't be bothered, then assign them to having an opinion! If they're not bothered, then by definition they're not bothered
. So even if things were largely as you suggest, rather than lumping in the "not bothereds" with the "no ways" which gives you a majority, the actual result if it came to a vote could be very open indeed.
I guess in a nutshell, given this thread has gone on 4 pages now, what I want to know is what answer or reaction is it you're continually fishing for? Of all that's been discussed in this thread:
1. There's a possibility a new additional
measure will be introduced
2. If it is, there's a slim possibility that somewhere a long way down the line the pint might be withdrawn
3. If that unlikely event happens, you don't even know if people would be in favour of it or not, because:
(a) you haven't asked them (and indeed can't, because that circumstance doesn't yet exist)
(b) you have no idea whether the new measure will take off or not - it might die on it's arse meaning no change, or it might be outrageously popular meaning the change is actually not only acceptable, but indeed popular
Point 1 is the ONLY one that is a fact. So again, I'm back to asking - what, exactly, is your aim? If you want concern or action, your cause is just suspicion based on someone else's suspicion about something that probably won't happen until a fairly long way into the future if indeed it ever does; it's thus incredibly nebulous as an issue and simply not worth worrying about. On a day-to-day basis I don't worry about the sun going supernova and destroying the Earth - and that's DEFINITELY going to happen (and indeed really will do a number for British culture) - because there are so many other real things actually happening right now that are more worthy of attention. So concern about the possible retirement of an arbitrary unit some way off in the future that people might not even be bothered by naturally isn't top of my list.
If you want me (and I suspect this would be true for a lot of other people) to worry about it, then I'd need a lot more (in fact, any) evidence that it was definitely going to happen at all AND evidence the majority of people didn't want it to happen AND evidence that it was going to be pushed through regardless of public/business opinion. In that set of circumstances and that set of circumstances only, I would agree it was a bad thing, but that set of circumstances doesn't exist. If you want to know what I think about it as a concept, I don't know (and the key point here is NEITHER DO YOU) because the new measure, if it ever does get introduced, isn't here yet. I might prefer it, I might not. Others might prefer it, others may not. The majority may prefer it, they may not. Heck, after a while you might prefer it, you might not. All those events and possibilities may mean that if the pint is withdrawn, almost no one will care because it will have become as archaic as a furlong, a flaggon, a drachm, or an Egyptian cubit. But in the here and now I don't dislike it simply because it's new, I can see it has quite a few merits, and I don't automatically think it will lead to the withdrawal of the pint and a change in the UK's culture, and I certainly don't think it will automatically be a negative change.
If you do dislike it, well fair enough. But a lot of that dislike seems to be stemming from personal paranoia about a specific, narrow, hypothetical chain of events rather than any genuine fault with the concept or the execution. So, are we done now?