Anti-Politics Sentiment Engulfs Lib Dems
Lab 39% (-1)
Con 37% (+1)
Lib Dem 11% (-1)
Other 13% (+1)
Comparative figures from ComRes/Independent poll published 30 November.
Ed Miliband is turning out to be a good leader of the Labour Party
Don’t know 50%
Nick Clegg is turning out to be a good leader of the Liberal Democrats
Don’t know 26%
David Cameron is turning out to be a good prime minister
Don’t know 21%
Nick Clegg has the largest gap between those who agree and those who disagree (23 points), with Ed Miliband in second place (16 point gap between agree and disagree) and David Cameron doing relatively well with almost as many agreeing as disagreeing that he is turning out to be a good PM. Only 39% of Labour supporters think Miliband is turning out to be a good leader and 51% decline to offer a view.
Looking back in a few years’ time, Gordon Brown will be regarded as a good prime minister
Don’t know 20%
Not even half of Labour voters – either current supporters or those who voted Labour in 2010 – agree.
Violent demonstrations can be justified if politicians fail to keep their promises
Don’t know 10%
There is a variance by age: fully 40% of 18-24 year-olds agree but only one in ten of those aged 55 and above; 32% of Labour voters are sympathetic to using violence in this situation, which is much higher than for Tory voters (6%) or Lib Dems (14%)
Water cannons should be used against demonstrators if they are violent
Don’t know 14%
The group most likely to disagree are, perhaps unsurprisingly, those who are most likely to get a soaking – 18 to 24 year-olds. By contrast, 77% of their grandparents’ generation think water cannon should be used. A majority of supporters of all mainstream parties agree that water cannon should be used – 51% of Labour supporters, 63% of Lib Dems and fully 85% of Tories.
ComRes interviewed 2,017 GB adults online on 15-16 December 2010. Full tables at ComRes.
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