Labour level on the economy: ComRes poll
Ed Miliband and Ed Balls have pulled level with Cameron and Osborne on the economy, as Labour increase their lead to 8 points in a ComRes opinion poll for tomorrow’s Independent on Sunday, shared with the Sunday Mirror.
Conservative 33% (-2)
Labour 41% (+2)
Lib Dem 10% (0)
UKIP 9% (+1)
Others 7% (-1)
(Change since last month’s ComRes online poll.) On the existing constituency boundaries this would produce a Labour majority of 102 seats.
Of those who voted Conservative in the 2010 general election, 10% now say that they would vote UKIP.
Ed Miliband’s leadership approval rating has improved – now 29% say that he is turning out to be a good leader of the Labour Party, the highest since we began asking this is December 2010.
After his conference speech, more people (33%) see Labour as more the “one nation” party than say the same of the Conservatives (25%).
Most people (63%) do not expect the economy to return to good health for at least five years.
David Cameron is turning out to be a good prime minister
Agree 29% (+2 since August)
Disagree 50% (-4)
Net Agree -21 (+6)
Ed Miliband is turning out to be a good leader of the Labour Party
Agree 29% (+4)
Disagree 40% (-5)
Net Agree -11 (+9)
Nick Clegg is turning out to be a good leader of the Liberal Democrats
Agree 18% (-2)
Disagree 56% (+1)
Net Agree -38 (-3)
The fact that David Cameron went to Eton makes it harder for him to be a good Prime Minister for the whole country
Agree 38% (+4 since July)
Disagree 42% (-2)
Those in social grades DE are the most likely social grade to agree (44%). Only 13% of Conservative voters agree.
The fact that Ed Miliband went to a comprehensive school means that he is more likely to be in touch with the concerns of most people
Even 13% of Conservative voters agree.
I trust David Cameron and George Osborne to make the right decisions about the economy
Agree 26% (+1 since August)
Disagree 51% (-3)
Net Agree -25 (+4)
I trust Ed Miliband and Ed Balls to make the right decisions about the economy
Agree 24% (+4)
Disagree 49% (-3)
Net Agree -25 (+7)
I expect the economy will start showing signs of improvement soon
Agree 30% (+7 since Nov 2011)
Disagree 48% (-7)
I do not expect the economy to return to good health for at least five years
Women (66%) are more pessimistic than men (59%) about the future of the economy. Half (52%) of Conservative voters do not expect the economy to return to good health for at least five years, as do 71% of Labour voters and 61% of Liberal Democrat voters.
I plan to spend less on Christmas this year than last year
Agree 55% (-6 since Nov 2011)
Disagree 26% (no change)
Women are more likely than men to agree (58% vs. 52% respectively). Those aged 35-54 are the most likely age group to agree (61%).
It is more important to keep young people in work than it is to reduce government borrowing
Of Conservative voters, 36% agree, compared with 77% of Labour voters, and 62% of Liberal Democrat voters.
A Labour government under Ed Miliband would be better at protecting people’s jobs
Agree 31% (no change since July)
Disagree 41% (-1)
24% of Labour voters say they ‘don’t know’.
In most cases I have sympathy for people going on strike against public spending cuts
Agree 46% (-2 since Nov 2011)
Disagree 38% (no change)
Labour is more of a “one nation” party than the Conservatives
Don’t know 30%
The Conservatives are more of a “one nation” party than Labour
Don’t know 31%
(The statement is reversed because “disagree” includes people who think there is no difference.)
The UK has nothing to fear from leaving the European Union
Don’t know 29%
Half (52%) of Conservative voters agree, but a quarter (25%) of them disagree. Labour voters are evenly divided: 34% agree, 35% disagree.
ComRes interviewed 2,010 British adults online on 17 and 18 October 2012. Data were weighted to be demographically representative of all British adults aged 18+. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules. Full tables at ComRes.
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