The Government has failed in its efforts to persuade the public that the eurozone crisis is mainly responsible for the recession in Britain, according to a ComRes survey for The Independent.
It suggests that people are evenly divided over whether the Government’s own policies or the single currency crisis is to blame – despite repeated claims by David Cameron and George Osborne that the turmoil in the euro is having a “chilling effect” on the UK economy.
Asked whether the Government is more to blame than the eurozone crisis for the lack of economic growth in Britain, 43 per cent of people agree and 42 per cent disagree, with 14 per cent saying “don’t know.”
More than a quarter of Conservative voters (27 per cent) agree that the UK Government is more to blame, while 64 per cent disagree. Over a third of Liberal Democrat voters (36 per cent) agree, with 51 per cent disagreeing, while Labour supporters agree by a majority of Labour 58 per cent to 30 per cent.
According to ComRes, Labour enjoys a nine-point lead over the Conservatives, down slightly from its 10-point advantage in the previous ComRes survey for the Independent on Sunday/Sunday Mirror two weeks ago.
Labour is now on 42 per cent (unchanged), the Conservatives 33 per cent (up one point), the Liberal Democrats 13 per cent (up four points) and other parties 12 per cent (down five points).
ComRes interviewed 1,003 GB adults by telephone between 29 June and 1 July, 2012. Data were weighted to be demographically representative of all GB adults and by past vote recall. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules. Full tables at www.comres.co.uk.