Tories come out of conference season ahead
The ComRes poll for tomorrow’s Independent on Sunday and Sunday Mirror dashes Labour’s pre-conference hopes of going into the lead:
Con 40% (+1)
Lab 34% (-2)
LibDem 14% (-1)
Others 12% (+2)
(Comparison is with last ComRes poll for The Independent published 2 October.)
David Cameron and George Osborne 45%
Ed Miliband and Alan Johnson 23%
Don’t know 33%
It is not surprising that the new leader and new shadow chancellor prompt a large number of Don’t Knows, but the Cameron-Osborne advantage looks pretty solid going into the Comprehensive Spending Review. Next week it could all change, but the other questions we ask suggest that most people have low expectations of the Chancellor’s statement next week.
The Coalition Government understands the interests of the wealthy better than the interests of ordinary people
Welfare benefit cuts will hit hardest the poorest, elderly and most vulnerable in society
The loss of hundreds of thousands of public sector jobs is a price worth paying to reduce the deficit
I expect that the public spending cuts to be announced next week will be fair
Interestingly, there is strong support for a rise in the top rate of income tax (which recalls p116 of Tony Blair’s A Journey: “I knew if we put up the top rate of tax it would be seen as a signal, a declaration of instinct, an indicator whose impact would far outweigh its intrinsic weight. When Gordon suggested it prior to the election and I was given the usual opinion-poll guff showing 70-80 per cent in favour of it, I put in a complete nolle prosequi.* For me, it was a total red line. After time, Gordon backed off.”)
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
Finally, we asked about student finance, the starting point for my column in The Independent on Sunday tomorrow, wondering about Nick Clegg’s electoral strategy.
It is fair that students should pay more for their university education even though their parents’ generation didn’t
ComRes interviewed 2,009 GB adults on line between 13 and 15 October. Full results at ComRes.
* “An entry made on the record, by which the prosecutor or plaintiff declares that he will proceed no further.”Tagged in: comres, opinion polls
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