Sunday Mirror / IoS Political Poll
Voting intention and political attitudes conducted for Sunday Mirror and Independent on Sunday published 15 May 2011
Date Published
14 May 2011

Further Description

David Cameron has emerged from last week's elections and referendum in a strong position, cutting Labour's lead to one point in our ComRes poll for The Sunday Mirror and Independent on Sunday tomorrow.

Voting intention

Con         38%   (+3)

Lab          39%   (nc)

LD           11%   (+1)

Others     12%   (-4)

(Change since our poll last month, also carried out online rather than the telephone polls that ComRes runs concurrently for the daily Independent.)

On present boundaries, this would produce a Labour majority of eight. The Lib Dems have hung on to only 45% of their 2010 voters; 36% of Lib Dem 2010 voters have switched to Labour and 8% to the Conservatives.

Nick Clegg's rating has fallen further.

Nick Clegg is turning out to be a good leader of the Liberal Democrats.

_______________          Dec      Jan        Apr       Now

Agree:                          26%      28%      24%      21%

Disagree:                      49%      49%      55%      56%

But Ed Miliband's is only one point higher.

Ed Miliband is turning out to be a good leader of the Labour Party.

_______________          Dec      Jan       Apr      Now

Agree:                          17%     22%      24%     22%

Disagree:                      32%     35%      38%     39%

Of Labour voters, 34% say Don't know.

Only the Prime Minister's rating has moved in a favourable direction.

David Cameron is turning out to be a good Prime Minister.

______________           Dec       Jan        Apr       Now

Agree:                          38%      38%      37%      39%

Disagree:                      41%      43%      46%      43%

However, people do not like the planned NHS changes, they give Clegg credit for forcing the Government to pause and they prefer a coalition to the Tories ruling alone.

The Government must rethink its plans to hand over most spending decisions in the NHS to GPs/family doctors.

Agree: 62% Disagree: 15%

Nick Clegg deserves some credit for making the Conservatives think again about their NHS changes.

Agree: 49% Disagree: 26%

The coalition between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats has probably worked out better than the Conservatives trying to go it alone.

Agree: 40% (+2 points) Disagree: 34% (-3 since last month)

And the Big Society continues to be a communications disaster.

I have heard of the Big Society but don’t know what it means.

Agree: 40% (+10) Disagree: 45% (-14 since February)

We also asked if people agreed or disagreed with the following statements:

In most cases I have sympathy for people going on strike against public spending cuts.

Agree: 48% Disagree: 37%

A big party split here: 71% of Labour voters agree, compared with 41% of Lib Dem voters and 24% of Conservatives.

The use of so-called super-injunctions against the press shows that there is one law for the rich and one for the rest.

Agree: 79% Disagree: 8%

Scotland should be an independent country.

Scotland: Agree 38% Disagree 46% (69% of SNP voters agree)

England & Wales: Agree 32% Disagree 42%

It would be appropriate for Baroness Thatcher to receive a state funeral after her death.

Agree: 30% Disagree: 45%

Now that Osama bin Laden has been killed, there is no need for British troops in Afghanistan.

Agree: 32% Disagree: 45%

ComRes interviewed 2,004 GB adults online on 11 and 12 May 2011. Data were weighted to be representative of all adults and by past vote recall. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules