YouGov’s daily polling figures are normally going up at 5.05pm each day, but today (and next Thurs) publication is being brought forward to before the leaders’ speeches to leave 5pm free for other things.
Hence we already have today’s figures, which are CON 40%(+1), LAB 29%(nc), LDEM 18%(-2). That surprising bump up into the high 20s for Labour yesterday seems to be real, while Lib Dem conference boost looks like it is rapidly fading.
The most interesting other question on the poll was about “that question” by Andrew Marr on Sunday. A large majority of people (73%) thought Marr was wrong to ask Gordon Brown whether he was taking prescription pills and that Brown had a right to privacy. Only 22% said the public had a right to know Brown’s medical details.
I was actually rather surprised by that result – my expectation was that the general public attitude towards politicians is that they should jump through whatever humiliating hoops we demand. Looking at the queston wording, YouGov did specificy that the Prime Minister had a right to privacy on medical matters “that do not materially affect their work” and I suppose Andrew Marr would have said that the rumours, if true, could affect Brown’s work. That said, 73% to 22% is pretty clear opposition to this sort of questioning.
YouGov also asked whether people supported or opposed plans to ban automatic bonuses to bank employees and limit the amount of money banks can spend on bonus. Much less surprisingly, there was overwhelming support for this with 83% approval and 9% opposed.