Seven out of 10 people want the Government to do a U-turn on the economy to give priority to growth rather than spending cuts, according to a ComRes survey for The Independent.
Some 72 per cent of the public agree that it is time for the Coalition to change its policy so it is focused more on promoting growth and less on cuts, while 17 per cent disagree and 11 per cent don’t know.
Significantly, a majority of people who voted Conservative (64 per cent) and Liberal Democrat (68 per cent) at the 2010 general election want to see a change of course. So do 86 per cent of people who voted Labour.
According to ComRes, Labour enjoys an eight-point lead over the Tories, down slightly on the10-point lead in the last telephone poll for The Independent in March. Labour is now on 42 per cent (down one point), the Tories on 34 per cent (up one), the Lib Dems on 11 per cent (no change) and others on 13 per cent (no change).
There is a large “gender gap”:40 per cent of male voters will vote Conservative, 39 per cent Labour and 8 per cent Lib Dem. But only 29 per cent of women voters will vote Conservative, while 45 per cent will vote Labour, and 14 per cent Lib Dem.
ComRes interviewed 1,001 GB adults by telephone from 25th to 28th May 2012. Data were weighted to be demographically representative of all GB adults.