Political poll for The Independent

Political poll for The Independent 2 June 2010

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Date Published
01 Jun 2010

Further Description

 

Public opinion is split on whether a coalition government is better for Britain than an outright win and voters are unsure what the Liberal Democrats stand for since the formation of the coalition, according to a ComRes poll for The Independent.
 

The poll shows 65% of people agree it is difficult to know what the Liberal Democrats stand for since they joined the coalition with the Conservatives and three quarters (72%) agree that the political horsetrading which followed the inconclusive General Election result showed that an outright win is much more desirable than a hung parliament

The survey also shows public opinion has shifted little since the general election, but the Liberal Democrats have lost some ground and Labour has gained a little.
Conservative                37% (-1 since last ComRes poll for the Independent on Sunday)
Labour                         33% (-1)
Liberal Democrats        21% (-)
Others                          9% (+2)
 
ComRes also asked about attitudes towards first-past-the-post and the coalition government:

The first-past-the-post system for elections to the House of Commons should be replaced by a system that reflects more accurately the proportion of votes cast for each party.

Agree             78%
Disagree        18%
 
Britain is better off with a coalition government that it would have been if either the Conservatives or Labour had won the election outright.
Agree             45%
Disagree        43%
 
Now that they have joined a coalition with the Conservatives, it is difficult to know what the Liberal Democrats stand for
Agree             65%
Disagree        29%

The political horsetrading which followed the inconclusive General Election result showed that an outright win is much more desirable than a hung parliament
Agree             72%
Disagree        24%

Methodology Note: ComRes telephoned 1000 GB adults between 28th and 31st May 2010.  Data were weighted by past vote recall.

 

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