YouGov re-asked the other half of their Conservative vs Labour statements from back in 2005 yesterday, and on two of the statements the pattern was much the same. More people thought the statement “It seems rather old and tired” applied to Labour than the Conservatives (by 34% to 15%), compared to 2005 when 44% thought it applied more to the Tories. On the statement “It seems to have succeeded in moving on and left its past behind it”, 29% thought it applied more to the Tories, compared to 17% for Labour. In 2005 the figures were 42% Labour and 17% Tory.

The final two statements though painted a different picture. In 2005 48% of people thought the statement “It seems to appeal to one section of society rather than to the whole country” applied more to the Tories, with only 20% thinking it applied more to Labour. Asked again now the gap has narrowed, but more people (35%) still see the Conservatives that way than Labour (16%). There is a similar situation with the statement “Even if I don’t always agree with it, at least its heart is in the right place” in 2005 Labour lead the Conservatives 40% to 22% and they remain ahead, though with a lower lead (34% to 22%).

The Sun also asked a couple of questions on the Falklands situation. 58% of people thought that the UK should send Royal Navy ships to protect oil drilling in Falklands waters. 45% of people thought that they should have the right to use force against any Argentine navy ships who prevent merchant ships reaching the oil drilling area, 33% disagreed.

Meanwhile, looking at the rest of the Angus Reid data they asked some questions on perceptions of Gordon Brown before and after his interview with Piers Morgan. While their topline voting intention data doesn’t suggest any electoral gain for the Labour party from the interview, these questions do suggest a slight softening of attitudes towards Brown. Compared to a month ago Brown’s rating as compassionate is up four points (to 18%), and the proportions thinking him out of touch (45%, down 3), boring (42%, down 4), weak (34%, down 4), inefficient (35%, down 4), dishonest (23%, down 3) and uncaring (17%, down 3) are all down.


55 Responses to “More from yesterday’s polls”

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  1. People can rattle their sabres all they like but sabres can’t cut water.

    The only way that any oil found off the Falklands can be exploited economically is if the industry is supported from Argentina. No one else in South America will touch it and the only other alternative is South Africa.

    Sooner or later we will have to sit down and agree to sharing it.

    Argentina is just reminding us of that, thats all.

    Peter.

  2. Sorry, I got the distance wrong. Falklands are 300 miles from Argentina. Still well outside their territorial waters though.

  3. Neil A

    “And when the war started, the Labour front bench were quite conventionally supportive of the government at a time of war.”

    The convention and the charge that the opposition does not support the troops dates from the time when the king declared war and needed the support of parliament to fund it.

    Actually it isn’t he opposition who needs to “support the troops” but rather the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

    There is a body of opinion that thinks that support has been less than it should have been in current conflicts.

  4. 39/33/17 = You Gov according to pb

  5. A late comment but I have been talking with someone who knows his oil—

    A lot of drilling in the disputed waters was done in the late 70s with basically only traces of oil gas shown. The big boys in the oil world have discounted this area. That’s why the drilling is not being done by Shelll/ BP. It’s not even being done by the 2nd class companies (equivalent of , say Tullow). The chances of anything worthwhile being found are very, very small…

    Which in one way is good– the difficulty of working out real territorial boundaries applying to an underseas reservoir are very difficult; ask Australia and East Timor.

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