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New ComRes Poll – Tories Up – UKIP Down

There is a new ComRes online poll published in today’s Independent on Sunday which shows the Labour lead down to 8% with UKIP drifting down slightly:

           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%

Unemployment 17%

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


April 14, 2013 - Posted by | Polls

1 Comment »

  1. I will be leaving for La Belle France in a few days. It will interesting to see how the 4 main parties do in the County Elections on May 2nd. Will the Tories take a bath as will the Lib-Dens? Will UKIP gain sufficient seats in a wide enough area to given them a Municipal power base? Will Labour do as well as expected? Will affected voters punish the Tories for the Bedroom Tax, cuts to Benefits etc, etc?

    I may no longer be affected by whatever happens on May 2 but I will surely be interested.

    Comment by Steve Foley | April 14, 2013 | Reply

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