ComRes: 72% say Government is “out of touch”

John Rentoul

pasty 300x200 ComRes: 72% say Government is out of touchA ComRes poll for tomorrow’s Independent on Sunday and Sunday Mirror finds that 72% of people agree that “This Government is out of touch with ordinary voters”; 17% disagree and 12% don’t know.

After a week of headlines about the pasty tax, the granny tax and the panic-buying of petrol, David Cameron and George Osborne have lost ground on being trusted “to make the right decisions about the economy”, with Ed Miliband and Ed Balls closing the “trust” gap from 25 points to 4 points.

In our ComRes poll in February, David Cameron was seen as “out of touch with ordinary people” by 49% of respondents, but this is hardly comparable with our headline figure today, because it was about a person not a government, and was asked in the form of a list of qualities, inviting respondents to “select all that apply”.

We also asked: “Do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?”

The Chancellor was right to extend VAT to hot pies and pasties Agree: 17% Disagree: 71% Don’t know: 12%

Adults aged 25-34 are most likely to agree (26%), as are those in social grades AB (26%). Conservative voters are more likely to agree (34%) than Liberal Democrat (11%) and Labour (13%).

It is right that pensioners should have their age-related allowances frozen, the so-called Granny Tax, to bring them in line with other taxpayers Agree: 21% Disagree: 64% Don’t know: 15%

Men (28%) are more likely than women (14%) to agree. Conservative voters are more likely to agree (42%) than Liberal Democrats (21%) and Labour (17%).

The Government has created an unnecessary panic over the fuel crisis Agree: 81% Disagree: 11% Don’t know: 9%

Older people are more likely to agree than younger people – 85% of people aged 35 and over compared to 70% of people aged 18-34. Of Labour voters 87% agree, compared with 79% of Liberal Democrat and 69% of Conservative voters.

I trust David Cameron and George Osborne to make the right decisions about the economy Agree: 25% (-4) Disagree: 60% (+11) Don’t know: 15% (-7)

The change is since our pre-Budget poll carried out 14-16 March. Men (32%) are more likely than women (18%) to agree.

I trust Ed Miliband and Ed Balls to make the right decisions about the economy Agree: 21% (+6) Disagree: 60% (+1) Don’t know: 19% (-7)

The “trust” gap between the Conservative team and the Labour team was 25 points (between net -20 and -45) before the Budget and is now 4 points (-35 and -39).

Methodology note: ComRes interviewed 1,127 GB adults online on 30 and 31 March 2012. Data were weighted to be demographically representative of all GB adults. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules. Full tables at ComRes.

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  • Kate999999

    What makes you say that?

  • Ignas Bednarczyk

    Pasty for P.M.

  • julianzzz

    Milk Snatcher Thatcher has been replaced by Cameron the Pasty Liar!

  • julianzzz

    Most immigrants are an improvement on the idiots who already live here!

  • julianzzz

    Caviar is served cold, and we have to conserve energy as the tanker drivers are thinking about possibly going on strike, sometime in the future!

  • FrankSW

    You could rephrase the headline – are the voters “out of touch” 
    One suspects their response would have been different if papers like the independent actually mentioned the EU effect more often – where 80% of UK rulings result from rules and diktats from the EU.

    For instance if the voters were aware that a ruling in another country (Germany) affected the Brussels based EU rules so that the subsiduary UK government had to change the pasty rules to remain legal – would they think the government was out of touch then.

    Perhaps the Independent is also “out of touch” as well.

  • helloitsmefolks

    We trust him, we trust him not, just like picking petals from a flower.

    Polls, if they show anything at all, so how fickle we are when there is a lot to be grateful for.

  • monkeyhnger

    And the Bluest of the Blue. ?  Yes you’ve guessed it Labour, New or Old.

  • monkeyhnger

    All three parties ?  Dream on mate. ONE party, three different names.
    Thats democracy.

  • 2sides2it

    Caviar is food for posers………
    …..and a bad example of why all hot food should be treated the same.

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