New ComRes Poll – Tories Up – UKIP Down
Conservative 30% (up 2%)
Labour 38% (up 1%)
Lib Dem 8% (down 1%)
UKIP 15% (down 2%)
In further findings:
Do you agree or disagree:
Margaret Thatcher was Britain’s greatest peacetime Prime Minister:
Agree 33% Disagree 41% Don’t know 26%
Only in the 65-plus age group do more people agree (46%) than disagree (38%).
Public attitudes to her are apparently contradictory, with a majority agreeing both that she was “the most divisive prime minister this country has had” and that “Britain today needs more ‘conviction politicians’ like Margaret Thatcher”:
Margaret Thatcher was the most divisive Prime Minister this country has had that I can remember:
Agree 59% Disagree 18%
Britain today needs more ‘conviction politicians’ like Margaret Thatcher:
Agree 56% Disagree 26%
Conservative voters agree by 88% to 3%; Labour voters are more likely to disagree (47%) than agree (34%).
Margaret Thatcher’s ceremonial funeral should not be funded by taxpayers:
Agree 60% Disagree 25%
A third (32%) of Conservative voters agree, as do a majority of voters from every other party.
Margaret Thatcher was right to require trade unions to hold secret ballots before strikes:
Agree 52% Disagree 20% Don’t know 28%
We received a better level of service from gas, electricity and telephone companies after privatisation:
Agree 25% Disagree 38% Don’t know 38%
Overall, Margaret Thatcher’s policies were right for the country at the time:
Agree 45% Disagree 34%
Margaret Thatcher’s economic policies did more harm than good:
Agree 39% Disagree 35% Don’t know 26%
Which of the following, if any, will you most remember Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher for?
Curbing the power of trade unions / the miners’ strike 49%
The Falklands War 47%
The Poll Tax 39%
Privatisation of nationalised industries e.g. gas, electricity, telecoms 30%
Council housing ‘right to buy’ 27%
Her role in ending the Cold War 8%
Her relationship with Europe 5%
Northern Ireland / hunger strikes 4%
None of the above 8%
(Respondents could choose up to three).
Methodology: ComRes interviewed 2,012 GB adults online 10 – 11 April 2013. 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.