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John Rentoul

comres Poll alertWe have a ComRes opinion poll in The Independent on Sunday tomorrow, shared with the Sunday Mirror. If the Autumn Statement had an effect, we shall see what it was. As well as asking people how they would vote, we updated the ratings for the three main party leaders and for “trust on the economy”.

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

The Government should increase spending on public services

The Government should cut public spending to reduce the deficit

The recovery is taking longer than expected mainly because the Government is cutting spending too deeply

The recovery is taking longer than expected mainly because of the problems in the eurozone

The Chancellor, George Osborne, is right to cut most state benefits by 1% a year for the next three years, in real terms (taking inflation into account)

I expect my family to be worse off over the coming year

In addition, we asked about the following:

David Cameron is showing leadership by pressing ahead with a law to allow gay marriage even though some people in his own party oppose it

The increase in donations to food banks shows that the British public are more compassionate than they used to be

I currently boycott the products or services of some companies because they do not pay their fair share of tax

I shall post the results here this evening. The full tables will be on the ComRes website.

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  • Mike Smithson

    “The Chancellor, George Osborne, is right to cut most state benefits by 1% a year for the next three years, in real terms (taking inflation into account)I expect my family to be worse off over the coming year

    What sort of a question is that to expect respondents to give a simple “Agree-Disagree” response?

    What do you say if you don’t expect to be worse off but you agree with the Osbo benefits cap? What if you expect to be worse off but disagree with the Osbo plan?

    I’ve said it before – this format is not good polling.

  • Pacificweather

    More fodder for the book of questions to which the answer is no. ComRes just failed the reliable pollster test.


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