Firstly, thanks to all that participated.
You can find the results of the survey here.
The results were garnished from my Linkedin and Twitter connections, responses were anonymised.
*Example of poor fidelity "out-of-the-box" background mapping:
Ireland, Census 2011 Shapefile, EPSG 4326 20 meter resolution (dark grey outline) with default online background map (light grey outline)
*Example of poor fidelity "out-of-the-box" foreground layer mapping:Maine, USA, default fill (filled map mark type), EPSG 4326 with GADM Admin Level 1 Shapefile rendered using PostGIS table Shapefile in WMS