Ed Miliband Poll Boost from Murdoch Crisis

John Rentoul

51458773 miliband Ed Miliband Poll Boost from Murdoch CrisisThe Labour leader’s personal rating has risen in our ComRes opinion poll for The Independent on Sunday tomorrow, shared with the Sunday Mirror.

Voting intention:

Conservative 36% -1

Labour 40% +3

Lib Dem  10% -1

Other 14% -1

Change since ComRes online poll for IoS/S Mirror published 19 June.

Ed Miliband’s rating has improved from -27 to -14 points. David Cameron’s rating has fallen from -7 to -12. Nick Clegg has risen from -37 to -31.

Ed Miliband is turning out to be a good leader of the Labour Party

___________________Dec      Jan       Apr      May      June     July

Agree:                         17%      22%      24%      22%     18%      27%

Disagree:                      32%      35%      38%    39%      45%     41%

Don’t know:                  50%      43%      37%     39%     37%      32%

David Cameron is turning out to be a good Prime Minister

___________________Dec      Jan       Apr      May      June     July

Agree:                         38%      38%      37%      39%     37%      33%

Disagree:                      41%      43%      46%    43%      44%     45%

Don’t know:                  21%      19%      17%     18%     19%      22%

78% of Conservative voters agree (down from 84% last month)

Nick Clegg is turning out to be a good leader of the Liberal Democrats

____________________Dec      Jan       Apr      May      June     July

Agree:                         26%      28%      24%      21%     20%      22%

Disagree:                      49%      49%      55%    56%      57%     53%

Don’t know:                  25%      23%      21%     24%     23%      25%

We also asked if people agreed or disagreed with the following statements:

All of Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers, the News of the World, The Sun, The Sunday Times and The Times, have been damaged by recent reports of illegal methods used to get stories

Agree: 81%

Disagree: 8%

There are some differences by age: 63% of 18-24 year olds agree, compared with 90% of 55-64 year olds.

As a result of reports of police officers being paid for information by newspapers, I trust the police less

Agree: 63%

Disagree: 22%

Directly-elected police chiefs would be more likely to ensure that corrupt officers were brought to justice

Agree: 40%

Disagree: 25%

Don’t know: 35%

46% of Conservative and 45% of Labour voters agree, compared to 34% of Lib Dem voters

Rupert Murdoch and his son James are fit and proper people to take full control of Sky TV

Agree: 7%

Disagree: 73%

On other subjects, we asked if people agreed or disagreed with the following:

Robust exchanges in the House of Commons are an important part of our democracy

Agree: 68%

Disagree: 12%

The Government is cutting public spending in a way that is fair to every section of society

_________________Nov        Dec            Feb       June    July

Agree                   32%        30%           25%      25%     24%

Disagree              52%        53%            59%     60%      60%

I expect to be worse off personally as a result of the spending cuts

_________________Nov        Dec            Feb       June    July

Agree                   65%        66%           69%      67%     67%

Disagree              16%        16%           16%      16%      16%

In most cases I have sympathy for people going on strike against public spending cuts

_______________May      July

Agree:             48%      51%

Disagree:          37%      38%

73% of Labour voters agree, compared to 45% of Lib Dem voters and 23% of Conservatives.

It is right for the UK to take military action against Colonel Gaddafi’s forces in Libya

_______________March   May      July

Agree:             35%      41%      33%

Disagree:          43%      39%      40%

Don’t know:      22%      20%      27%

42% of Conservative voters agree, compared with 32% of Labour voters.

Methodology note:

ComRes interviewed 2,009 GB adults online on 13 and 14 July 2011. Data were weighted to be representative of all adults and by past vote recall. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules. Full tables at ComRes.

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  • roblun

    Perhaps they will allow comments which are copied/pasted from other papers – al la Hari .

  • dasfluff

    I’d like to share this. A song based on comments from tweets and blogs by the general public about Murdoch. A celebration of the public being heard for once. It also happens to have mesmeric visuals and a cracking Techno beat.

  • liathach

    I think it is because JR appears to be allowing his heart (pro-Blair, pro-New Labour, pro-”centrist”) to rule his head (the facts) in the Murdoch affair and keeps shooting wide of the mark. Thus while he declared the whole saga was a “win” for Cameron last week, Rawnsley in the Observer today describes Cameron as “the big loser”. Of course part of JR’s style is to be contrary and rile the Left with often, in my opinion, quite shallow thinking. In a case like this, fast-moving events can reveal the shallowness of that thinking before an artifice can be constructed to try and justify the stance JR seeks to take.

  • Isabel

    Why was there no question on rowdiness in the Commons, as your ‘poll alert’ piece said we should expect?

  • Guest

    Ed Miliband’s Boost will simply not last long.
    Just as Kinnock, the failed Labour Leader, he is just not Prime Minister Stuff. He isnt prime ministerial, has no ideas how to run the economy (this is what really matters, not Hackgate), is weird, and is very opportunistic.

  • Jonathan

    I’m glad that people think elected police commissioners would help – it would enormously. The more accountable people are to those affected by their decisions, the less likely they are to become corrupt.

    As for Ed Miliband, I agree with Guest it’s only going to be a temporary boost but nearly all the polls show Labour reasonably far ahead of the Tories and we shouldn’t completely write him off. Unfortunately there is a chance of him getting to power. It’s just a bit disheartening that people like him more when he claims to want to dismantle the News Intl empire between dinner parties with Murdoch.

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