ITV News Index

ComRes interviewed 2,006 British adults online between 27th September and 29th September 2013.  Data were weighted to be demographically representative of all GB adults aged 18+. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

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Date Published
30 Sep 2013

Further Description

COMRES / ITV NEWS POLL

 

Half of Britons support a tax break for married couples

 

With the Conservative party set to unveil plans to offer a tax break for married couples, almost half (47%) of Britons are in favour of the policy to ‘encourage the institution of marriage’ despite more than a quarter (28%) opposing it. Those aged 65+ are more likely to support the policy with a little less than two thirds (62%) in favour, however only three in ten (29%) of those aged 18-24 are in favour. Other findings include:

As Chancellor George Osborne discusses his claims of economic success to the Conservative Party conference, the latest News Index poll conducted by ComRes for ITV News reveals that for the first time since polling began (November 2010), more of the British public say the UK economy has improved over the last three months, (35% record high), than has got worse (30% record low).

Four in ten (41%) believe UKIP has pushed the Conservative Party into being more Eurosceptic than they would have been, with only 16% disagreeing.

A quarter (26%) of Brits believe the Conservatives would have a better chance of winning the next General election without David Cameron as leader, however more than a third (36%) disagree.

 

Full poll results:

Do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?

 

Statement

Agree

Disagree

Don’t know

The government should encourage the institution of marriage by offering tax breaks to married couples

47%

28%

25%

The rise of UKIP has pushed the Conservative Party into being more Eurosceptic than it otherwise would have been

41%

16%

43%

The economy would be stronger now if George Osborne had done more to promote growth earlier

39%

20%

40%

The Conservative-led government has taken the right economic decisions and should get the credit for economic recovery

35%

36%

30%

I would prefer a Conservative / Liberal Democrat Coalition to a majority Conservative Government

33%

38%

29%

The Conservatives would have a better chance in the next General Election without David Cameron as Party leader

26%

36%

39%

The rise of Nigel Farage and UKIP has had a significant negative effect on the Conservative Party

24%

22%

54%

The rise of Nigel Farage and UKIP has had a significant positive effect on the Conservative Party

22%

29%

49%

                                                      

Base: All respondents (n=2,006).