As usual YouGov’s poll in the Sunday Times contains a variety of questions. Looking at the economy first perceptions of how Gordon Brown is handling the crisis continue to head in a positive direction. Last month more people actually thought he was handling it badly than positively (37% to 29%), now people are evenly split with 33% thinking he has done well, 33% badly. Brown and Darling have also increased their lead over Cameron and Osborne on who would handle the crisis better. Cameron and Osborne continue to lead Brown and Darling on being more trusted to raise people’s standard of living, but by 32% to 28%, compared to 34% to 25% last month.

In terms of optimism on the economy, 87% think the economy is in a bad state compared to 90% last month. In contrast 56% now expect a recession over the next 12 months, compared to 51% last month.

Given the discussion in the comments here about the relative numbers of people who the interest rate cut would benefit or harm, I should also highlight a question YouGov asked about how the rate cut would affect people. 22% of people said it would help their finances (if that seems small, it’s worth remembering about half of outstanding mortgages are on a fixed rate), with most of them saying they would save the money rather than spend it. 19%, including 38% of over 55s, said that they rely upon savings so the rate cut would hurt them.

Moving on, YouGov also asked about swearing on television. A plurality (49%) opposed a blanket ban on swearing on TV, with 39% supporting the idea. As might be expected this was heavily correlated with age, with 64% of over 55s supporting the idea and 68% of under 35s opposing it. 30% supported a total ban on “the F-word” on television, with 63% supporting it being banned before 9pm (41%) or 11pm (23%). 55% supported a ban on “the C-word” on TV, 40% supporting it being banned before 9pm (21%) or 11pm (19%). Asked about the role of the BBC in general, 66% thought it should continue to offer a rule range of programmes, with 28% thinking it should concentrate more on public service television “such as news, documentaries and drama” and less on general entertainment.

Finally YouGov asked some more questions about Prince Charles. They found 44% expected him to be a good king, with 32% disagreeing. 65% thought he should continue to speak out when he becomes King, and 49% believed it would benefit the country if the monarch had a voice on current political controversies, with 38% disagreeing – which either suggests lots of cunning republicans, or that people don’t really understand the importance of the monarchy avoiding any perceived political partisanship.

14 Responses to “More from Sunday’s YouGov poll”

  1. Nice try McYouGov.

    Next they will be telling us the moon is made out of cheese.

  2. Steve, you may want to try the analysis at

  3. Don’t be ridiculous. Research has clearly shown that the moon is made out of cheese.

    Interesting that the attitudes to swearing are so heavily age-correlated – some of the greatest concentrations of foul language I’ve ever come across were in WWII songs.

  4. For the record, I thought it was unclear which words this survey refered to when they asked about ‘the F-word’ and ‘the C-word’, so I answered don’t know to both.

    I also disagreed with all of the options on most other questions YouGov posed and was unprepared to side one way or the other – doesn’t politics fail if the only choices are either/or?

    I was particularly disappointed by the shoddy workmanship in this poll and correspondingly I shan’t take any great notice of their results.

  5. Unclear on what “the F word” and “the C word” were? I thought they were near-unanimously recognised..

  6. Wesley Mead, I like you think I know what they mean but I am very close to 50 and may soon forget that I ever did know these words, like some coy posters on here ;-)

  7. What a seemingly bizarre round of questions to ask? There is very little swearing on TV anyway (compared to real life!), and what there is is on in the evenings. And what do they mean by TV? Is it just the BBC or does it include all channels.

    A well timed swear-word can be a wonderful piece of punctuation, and personally I would take that over the glorified adverts and middle of the road nonsense that pass for much of what we have to watch.

  8. Gary, fair enough :D

  9. Having took part in this Yougov poll , I was a bit surprised to be asked to complete another poll today . It had similar but different detailed questions on the economy , possible solutions to the downturn and opinions of Brown/Cameron etc and a voting question . Guess that this is for the Daily Telegraph .

  10. It seems a bit early Mark – normally the Telegraph poll would be next week. Still, these things aren’t set in stone.

  11. The DT is a guess Anthony may be someone else . It was interesting that although very similar to the questions in last week’s poll they were updated to ask for example comments on Cameron’s taxcuts are not just for Xmas quote .

  12. It’s interesting to me that people on here take part in Yougov polls. I signed up a couple of years ago (I think it was) and have never been contacted once! Is this a record?

    On the question of the monarch having a voice on current affairs – why on earth shouldn’t they? Only the completely apathetic have no opinions. I’m sure that it is possible for a monarch to express common sense views without being politically partisan. The people are disenchanted with politicians, but there is still a great respect among many for the Royal Family. Sensibly expressed opinions by the future king could do much to unite the country and get people interested in current affairs again.

    I am not a blinkered Royalist, but when I think what the alternative to a monarch would be – a politician – I thank God I live in a monarchy!

  13. Alasdair Cameron
    “..A well timed swear-word can be a wonderful piece of punctuation..”

    The problem is that too often it isn’t well-timed but merely annoying slovenliness.

    Watched Lee Mack the other evening. He had a couple of good plays on the F-Word. Unfortunately there was a timelapse before the humour of the moment sank in, because the jokes were surrounded by unfocussed use of ‘F’s.

    Favourite ‘F’ joke was by Jim Davidson some while ago. ..Something along the lines of using his friend’s surname as a swearword : “Kinnell”. A verbal equivalent of striptease, I suppose; you don’t have to bare all to tantalize !

    Barnaby Marder

    “..some of the greatest concentrations of foul language I’ve ever come across were in WWII songs.”

    But not, I suggest, aired on mainstream media!

  14. Tory lead down to 3% in the MORI poll for the BBC – Con 40%, Lab 37% (up 7) and Lib Dems 12%.