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New ComRes Poll – Labour’s Lead Falls Again to 4%

There is a new ComRes online poll published in tomorrow’s Independent on Sunday which shows the Labour lead cut to 4%, the lowest it has since April this year:

           Conservative            35% (up 2%)

                                        Labour                      39% (down 3%)

                                        Lib Dem                    10% (no change)

                                        UKIP                            8%

In further findings:

Support for British withdrawal from Afghanistan has hit a record high; three-quarters of the public support the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge taking legal action against the French magazine that published topless pictures of Kate; but one in five people say they have seen the pictures, and three in five agree that a privacy law is unenforceable because of the internet.

Asked about Nick Clegg’s qualities, 3% say they think he is “good in a crisis” and 8% describe him as “patriotic”.

Afghanistan

I would support a phased withdrawal of British forces from Afghanistan, the aim being the end of combat operations within a year or so:

Nov 2009 April 2010 Sept 2012
Agree 71% 77% 78%
Disagree 22% 15% 10%
Don’t know 7% 8% 13%

·         Older people are more likely than younger people to support a phased withdrawal: 69% of those aged 18 to 34 agree, compared with 84% of those aged 65+.

All British forces should be withdrawn from Afghanistan as quickly as possible:

July 2009 August 2009 Sept 2012
Agree 64% 60% 66%
Disagree 33% 33% 15%
Don’t know 3% 8% 19%

·         60% of Conservative voters and 61% of Lib Dem voters agree compared with 68% of Labour voters.

The Duchess of Cambridge’s privacy

William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are right to take legal action against the French photographer and magazine that published topless pictures of the Duchess recently:

Agree – 75%

Disagree – 14%

Don’t know – 11%

78% of women agree compared with 72% of men.

·         Older people aged 65 and over are the most likely age group to agree (81%). This compares with 68% of those aged 18 to 24.

I have seen the topless pictures of Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, that were recently published in a French magazine:

Agree – 19%

Disagree – 75%

Don’t know – 6%

·         25% of men say they have seen them, compared with 13% of women.

·         34% of those aged 18 to 24 have seen them – the highest of any age group.

The internet makes it impractical to enforce current privacy laws:

Agree – 62%

Disagree – 17%

Don’t know – 21%

Economy

I trust David Cameron and George Osborne to make the right decisions about the economy:

Aug 2011 March 2012 April 2012 July 2012 Sept 2012
Agree 31% 29% 25% 24% 25%
Disagree 48% 49% 54% 55% 54%
Don’t know 21% 22% 21% 21% 22%
Net Agree -17 -20 -29 -31 -29

I trust Ed Miliband and Ed Balls to make the right decisions about the economy:

Aug 2011 March 2012 April 2012 July 2012 Sept 2012
Agree 18% 15% 19% 20% 20%
Disagree 54% 59% 52% 52% 52%
Don’t know 28% 26% 30% 28% 28%
Net Agree -36 -44 -33 -32 -32

Liberal Democrats

Vince Cable would make a better leader of the Liberal Democrat Party than Nick Clegg:

Agree – 27%

Disagree – 25%

Don’t know – 48%

·         Nearly half say they don’t know.

·         Importantly for the party’s outreach to Labour voters, 38% of them agree that Vince Cable would make a better leader of the Liberal Democrat Party than Nick Clegg.

·         24% of Liberal Democrat voters agree, while 36% disagree.

·         25% of Conservative voters agree, while 36% disagree.

Here is a list of things both favourable and unfavourable that have been said about various politicians. Please select those that you think apply to Nick Clegg:

Nick Clegg – Sept 2012 David Cameron – Feb 2012
Inexperienced 48% 20%
Out of touch with ordinary people 42% 49%
Tends to talk down to people 20% 32%
Essentially a Conservative politician 17% N/A
Narrow-minded 16% 21%
Too inflexible 14% 22%
More honest than most politicians 14% 21%
Puts loyalty to friends ahead of doing the right thing 14% 23%
Down-to-earth 12% 15%
Has strong moral principles 11% 30%
Is more interested in foreign affairs than in running the country 10% 19%
Patriotic 8% 27%
Is good on the detail of policy 5% 12%
Good in a crisis 3% 18%
None of these 16% 10%

Methodology: ComRes interviewed 2,042 GB adults online 20 – 22 September 2012. Data were weighted to be demographically representative of all GB adults and by past vote recall. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules. Full tables at www.comres.co.uk.

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September 22, 2012 - Posted by | Polls

1 Comment »

  1. perhaps you should put Nick Cleggs ‘singing’ on here!

    Comment by Howard Thomas | September 23, 2012 | Reply


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