Sunday Mirror/Independent on Sunday Riots Poll

A public opinion poll on behalf of The Independent on Sunday and the Sunday Mirror.

CONTACT US TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT HOW WE CAN HELP YOU
Date Published
12 Aug 2011

Further Description

 

New poll finds that 50% of people think that Government spending cuts helped to fuel the riots, but confirms that most people want the most punitive response possible, and have a low opinion of the Prime Minister's handling of the matter. 

Full findings:

Government ministers failed to return to their desks quickly enough from holidays 

Agree: 61%

Disagree: 24%

David Cameron and the Government have handled the response to the riots well 

Agree: 29%

Disagree: 48%

Don’t know: 22% 

The Government's response to the economic crisis (eg, cuts to services, unemployment, reduced education funding) is helping fuel the rioters 

Agree: 50%

Disagree: 36%

There is a general trend by age here, with younger people more likely to agree than older people – 64% of 18-24 year olds compared to 40% of people 65 and over.

Plans to cut the police service in London by 20 per cent should be reversed immediately 

Agree: 70%

Disagree: 13%

Don’t know: 17%

Women (76%) are more likely than men (65%) to agree.  

There is no excuse whatsoever for the violent rioting and looting over the last few days 

Agree: 90%

Disagree: 5%

Older people are more likely to agree than younger people – 97% of people aged 65 or over agree, compared with 81% of people aged 18 – 24.   

David Cameron should bring in the army to support the emergency services 

Agree: 65%

Disagree: 23%

Women (69%) are more likely than men (60%) to agree. 

Government should impose curfews in areas where they believe there is likely to be further rioting 

Agree: 73%

Disagree: 17%

Again, women (77%) are more likely than men (68%) to agree.  

TV coverage of the riots helped fuel the disorder 

Agree: 59%

Disagree: 24%

Police should be allowed use to water cannon to disperse rioters 

Agree: 90%

Disagree: 6%

The police should be able to use tear gas if they feel it necessary to disperse rioters 

Agree: 82%

Disagree: 10%

The police should be able to use rubber bullets if they feel it necessary to disperse rioters 

Agree: 75%

Disagree: 16%

 

Social media like Twitter and Blackberry Messaging contributed to levels of violence and the ability of rioters to meet and plan disorder 

Agree: 83%

Disagree: 7%

Methodology: ComRes conducted an online survey of 2,008 GB adults on 10 and 11 August 2011. Data were weighted to be demographically representative of all GB adults. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abide by its rules. 

 

 

SHARE THIS STORY