The full results of YouGov’s post CSR poll for the Sun are now up on the YouGov’s website here.

YouGov reasked many the economic questions from their pre-spending review poll at the start of the week to see if attitudes has shifted. Mostly they hadn’t. There were slight increases in the Conservative lead over Labour on cutting the deficit and encouraging growth, but on the other hand, the proportion of people thinking the cuts were unfair and avoidable both rose slightly. No changes were large enough to be sure the shifts weren’t just margin of error – the big picture remains that people think the cuts are unavoidable and Labour’s fault…but are being done unfairly and too fast.

Turning to the details of the spending review, most of the measures in the review were actually pretty popular. Large majorities supported the permanent levy on banks (82%), withdrawing child benefits from households with higher-rate taxpayers (74%), putting a cap on the benefits a single household can receive (84%) and – unsurprisingly – ending MPs final salary pensions (85%). There was also strong approval for the reduction in the BBC budget (64%), making public sector workers contribute more to their pensions (59%), freezing the basic level of the working tax credit (56%), and increasing the rent paid by future council tenants (49%).

Opinion was more evenly divided on increasing the state pension age to 66 (49% support, but 40% oppose), reducing the availability of legal aid (42% support, 42% oppose), allowing higher rate taxpayers over 60 to keep bus passes and winter fuel allowance (43% support, 47% oppose) and cutting 490,000 public sector jobs (39% support, 44% oppose).

Only two of the items YouGov asked about met with majority opposition – using more community sentencing rather than prison was opposed by 60%, while allowing rail fares to rise faster than inflation was overwhelmingly opposed, with 80% against.

However, as we’ve often seen in polls after budgets, people’s reactions to budgets and spending reviews are much more than just whether there are more popular measures than unpopular measures. In the past we’ve seen budgets where people told pollsters they liked all the specific things asked about in the poll, but thought the budget as a whole was bad. It’s the overall impression that counts, and on that front things are a lot more evenly balanced. 40% think the government made the right decisions on where to cut spending, 41% think they made the wrong decisions. 44% thought the cuts were too harsh, 44% thought they were about right or too cautious (38% and 6% respectively).

So far, it looks as though reactions to the spending review are pretty evenly balanced. Whether this is good or bad news for the government is, I suppose, a question of expectations. If you thought their support would plummet after cuts, this is good for them, if you thought it may have bolstered their position in a similar fashion to the emergency budget this should be disappointing.

It’s also worth noting that the public do sometimes take time to react to events – all of the fieldwork for this poll was conducted after the spending review, but about half was conducted before this morning’s papers, and reactions to the announcements will probably continue over the next fews days. The initial response is not always the same after a few days.


358 Responses to “YouGov’s post Spending Review poll”

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  1. ken

    you are cheeky, but i like you

    why on earth were you on the naughty step, you might be offencive but at least you are funny

  2. @ Richard in Norway

    the honda workers in china went on strike recently. they got a 25% payrise, which raised their earnings to $ 3,500 pa
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    They are on strike again. And is that anything to wonder at?

    Unless I am mistaken, these are migrant workers who live in accomodation provided by either Honda or Guandong local government. I believe it is provided free of rent or any property taxes. The $3500 you quote doesn’t include government taxes; in China, all taxes are paid by the employer, the $3500 is take home pay. 8-)

  3. @Éoin……..What is it about the Scots that makes me doubt their integrity ? Or do they really know something we don’t. By the way, I once sailed around Japan, all their lighthouses were built by Scots……Amber will be proud. :-)

  4. @Richard in Norway, Anthony decided that the offensiveness outweighed the humour, can’t think why ! :-)

  5. Ken,

    On a scale of generalisations this one is right up there, but I found Scots to be the least enamoured by waffle, pooh, charm, superficiality of all the races I have met.

    Perhaps the see right through the smiling face of capitalism?

    That combined with the rain weather can make the seem a grupy lot, but when they put their feet up they’re as good a craic as anyone.

  6. @Éoin……….My first wife was a lovely wee Scots lassie, so in journalese, I was , embedded……..we still communicate in a charmingly cordial manner, to say her craic was as good as any, I agree but would, perhaps, choose a more sensitive terminology………………! :-) :-)

  7. Just imagine how many manufacturing jobs we could create in the UK if take home pay was only £3,000 pa!

  8. Eoin

    “On a scale of generalisations this one is right up there, but I found Scots to be the least enamoured by waffle, pooh, charm, superficiality of all the races I have met.”

    Pretty much a generalisation too! And what’s this nonsense about a Scots “race”? Nations aren’t “races” (if one assumes that the term “race” has any value in the first place).

    Mongrels – and proud of that!

    I’m just back from South Tyrol,where the province keeps 90% of all taxation raised there, instead of sending it to Rome. What a sensible idea.

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