What do the people know?
As someone who is quite capable of believing contradictory things, I liked a couple of findings from our latest ComRes poll.
One was that 16 per cent of respondents agreed that public spending should be increased and that it should be cut.
We asked if people agreed or disagreed with these two statements:
The Government should increase spending on public services
The Government should cut public spending to reduce the deficit
More agreed with the first (47%) than the second (32%), but 16 per cent agreed with both.
The other was that 34 per cent said: “I currently boycott the products or services of some companies because they do not pay their fair share of tax.”
This seems unlikely, in that the fuss about big international companies not paying “enough” tax has been going only a few months and sales of Starbucks and Amazon products (or usage of Google products) have not fallen by large margins. (More detailed polling, which also produced exaggerated claims of people’s boycotting activity, was carried out by YouGov in November.)
Even more indicative of the unreliability of public opinion, perhaps, was the finding that 16 per cent “didn’t know” whether they were boycotting some companies or not.Tagged in: comres, opinion polls
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