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New ComRes Poll – Tory Lead Grows to 6%

There is a new ComRes poll published tonight for tomorrow’s Independent on Sunday which shows the Conservative lead widening further as Labour fall back:

              Conservative             40% (up 1%)

                                        Labour                      34% (down 2%)

                                        Lib Dem                    14% (down 1%) 

In further findings ComRes highlights Labour’s failure to connect with the British people despite the difficult messages that the Coalition is seeking to communicate. Despite support for criticisms of the Coalition’s economic policy the top Labour team are trusted by only 23% compared to 45% who trust David Cameron and George Osborne :

Putting your allegiance aside, who do you trust most to steer Britain’s economy through the current downturn?
David Cameron and George Osborne  45%
Ed Miliband and Alan Johnson  23%
Don’t know  33%
The Coalition Government understands the interests of the wealthy better than the interests of ordinary people;
Agree 46%
Disagree 33%
Don’t know 21%
·         This is bad news for the Coalition partners half of social group C2 (50%) and DE (53%) agree and only one quarter of each group disagrees
·         Also disturbing for the Coalition will be the news that one in four Tory voters (24%) agrees, as do 45% of current Lib Dems and a massive 52% of people who voted Lib Dem in May
It is fair that students should pay more for their university education even though their parents’ generation didn’t;
Agree 35%
Disagree 50%
Don’t know 15%
·         Unsurprisingly there is a strong pattern by age here, with 18-24 year olds the most likely to disagree (64%)  and those aged 65+ most likely to agree (47%)
·         Half of current LD voters (48%) and 57% of May LD voters do not think it fair
·         Two thirds of Labour voters (66%) disagree that students should pay more, compared to 36% of Conservative voters who disagree; 52% of Tory voters agree
Welfare benefit cuts will hit hardest the poorest, elderly and most vulnerable in society;
Agree 56%
Disagree 28%
Don’t know 15%
·         The expectations of people in lower income groups are pretty pessimistic on this measure:  67% of DEs agree with it, compared to only 52% of ABs
·         Over half of current LD voters (56%) think the welfare cuts will hit the these groups, as do 64% of people who voted LD in May
The top rate of income tax at 50p in the pound on earnings over £150,000 a year should be raised to 60p in the pound;
Agree 54%
Disagree 29%
Don’t know 17%
·         There is an interesting trend by age: older people are far more likely than younger people to agree – 30% of 18-24s agree, rising to 69% of 55-64s and 68% among those aged 65+
·         AB voters are almost as supportive as DEs (57% and 60% agree respectively)
·         Half of Tory voters agree, as do 53% of LDs and 67% of Labour voters
The loss of hundreds of thousands of public sector jobs is a price worth paying to reduce the deficit;
Agree 30%
Disagree 47%
Don’t know 23%
·         Men (36%) are more likely to agree than women (23%)
·         There is a strong party divergence: 55% of Tory voters agree but only 10% of Labour voters and 30% of LDs; 49% of LDs disagree – as do 58% of people who voted LD in May
I expect that the public spending cuts to be announced next week will be fair;
Agree 30%
Disagree 43%
Don’t know 26%
·         DEs the gloomiest of all – 22% agree with the statement compared with 53% who do not
·         Six in ten Conservative voters (60%) expect the cuts to be fair, while just a third of Lib Dem supports (32%) and one in ten Labour supporters (10%) agree

ComRes interviewed 2,009 GB adults on line between 13 and 15 October


October 16, 2010 - Posted by | Polls

1 Comment »

  1. Looking beyond the first question it seems that while Cameron/Osbourne are relatively more trusted than Milliband/Johnson, the public don’t like what they are doing and don’t agree with it.

    Comment by John | October 17, 2010 | Reply

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