New ComRes Poll – Labour’s Lead Increases to 8%
Conservative 33% (down 2%)
Labour 41% (up 2%)
Lib Dem 10% (no change)
UKIP 9% (up 1%)
In further findings:
Of those who voted Conservative in the 2010 general election, 10% now say that they would vote UKIP.
Ed Miliband’s leadership approval rating has improved – now 29% say that he is turning out to be a good leader of the Labour Party, the highest since we began asking this in December 2010.
In light of his conference speech, a greater proportion say they see Labour as more of a “one nation” party (33%); than say the same of the Conservatives (25%).
Most people (63%) do not expect the economy to return to good health for at least five years.
David Cameron is turning out to be a good prime minister:
Agree 29% (+2 since August 2012)
Disagree 50% (-4)
Net Agree -21 (+6)
Ed Miliband is turning out to be a good leader of the Labour Party:
Agree 29% (+4 since August 2012)
Disagree 40% (-5)
Net Agree -11 (+9)
Nick Clegg is turning out to be a good leader of the Liberal Democrats:
Agree 18% (-2 since August 2012)
Disagree 56% (+1)
Net Agree -38 (-3)
The fact that David Cameron went to Eton makes it harder for him to be a good Prime Minister for the whole country:
Agree 38% (+4 since July)
Disagree 42% (-2)
Those in social grades DE are the most likely social grades to agree (44%). Only 13% of Conservative voters agree.
The fact that Ed Miliband went to a comprehensive school means that he is more likely to be in touch with the concerns of most people:
Even 13% of Conservative voters agree.
I trust David Cameron and George Osborne to make the right decisions about the economy:
Agree 26% (+1 since August 2012)
Disagree 51% (-3)
Net Agree -25 (+4)
I trust Ed Miliband and Ed Balls to make the right decisions about the economy:
Agree 24% (+4 since August 2012)
Disagree 49% (-3)
Net Agree -25 (+7)
I expect the economy will start showing signs of improvement soon:
Agree 30% (+7 since November 2011)
Disagree 48% (-7)
I do not expect the economy to return to good health for at least five years:
Women (66%) are more pessimistic than men (59%) about the future of the economy. Half (52%) of Conservative voters do not expect the economy to return to good health for at least five years, as do 71% of Labour voters and 61% of Liberal Democrat voters.
I plan to spend less on Christmas this year than last year:
Agree 55% (-6 since November 2011)
Disagree 26% (no change)
Women are more likely than men to agree (58% vs. 52% respectively). Those aged 35-54 are the most likely age group to agree (61%).
It is more important to keep young people in work than it is to reduce government borrowing:
Of Conservative voters, 36% agree, compared with 77% of Labour voters, and 62% of Liberal Democrat voters.
A Labour government under Ed Miliband would be better at protecting people’s jobs:
Agree 31% (no change since July 2012)
Disagree 41% (-1)
24% of Labour voters say they ‘don’t know’.
In most cases I have sympathy for people going on strike against public spending cuts:
Agree 46% (-2 since November 2011)
Disagree 38% (no change)
Labour is more of a “one nation” party than the Conservatives:
Don’t know 30%
The Conservatives are more of a “one nation” party than Labour:
Don’t know 31%
(The statement is reversed because “disagree” includes people who think there is no difference.)
The UK has nothing to fear from leaving the European Union:
Disagree 29 %
Don’t know 29%
Half (52%) of Conservative voters agree, but a quarter (25%) of them disagree. Labour voters are evenly divided: 34% agree, 35% disagree.
Methodology: ComRes interviewed 2,010 GB adults online 17 – 18 October 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.