The full tables for YouGov’s Sunday Times poll are now available here. While the poll shows a solid four point increase in Labour’s support, at the expense of the Liberal Democrats and others, the questions on the PBR doesn’t show it going down particularly well.
Only the new tax on bankers’ bonuses was met with widescale support (79% of respondents supported it), the public were evenly split on measures like freezing public sector wages and inheritance tax allowances, and a majority opposed the increases in National Insurance and VAT. Overall 53% of people thought the PBR had hurt them or their family, including 32% who thought it had done so unfairly.
The poll also showed the proportion of people thinking that the economy is in a bad state growing from 76% to 82% (and more strikingly, those thinking it was “very bad” grew from 28% to 40%).
While neither of the main political parties were seen to be telling the whole truth on the economy, or being fair on the whole, in both cases the Conservatives were seen as marginally less bad than Labour (Darling’s net honesty was -31, Osborne’s -12. Labour’s net fairness was -17, the Conservatives’ -11).
If this poll hadn’t had a voting intention question, I’d have looked at it and said that it showed the PBR had gone down horribly. In fact, Labour’s support went up four (or at least, they did with YouGov, ComRes’s poll painted a different picture). Hopefully we’ll have a somewhat clearer picture in the next few days when MORI and ICM turn up.