YouGov’s weekly poll for the Sunday Times has topline figures of CON 36%, LAB 41%, LDEM 9%. Full tables are up on the YouGov website here.

The regular trackers would appear to have been impacted by the elections at the start of the month – David Cameron’s net approval is up slightly to minus 1 (from minus 3 last week), Ed Miliband’s approval is down to minus 21 (from minus 12 last week), which equals his lowest rating to date. Nick Clegg’s rating is minus 52 (from minus 50 a week ago), his lowest rating ever.

YouGov also asked about perceptions of the two main party leaders – primarily aimed at seeing to what extent if any Cameron was becoming seen as arrogant or unpleasant. People saw Cameron as arrogant by 46% to 39%, but he was seen as likeable by slightly more people (45%) than saw him as dislikable (42%) and, overall, public perceptions of him are still positive. His is seen as strong (by 51% to 27%), competent (by 52% to 30%) and as up-to-the-job (by 48% to 36%). His big weakness is not arrogance, but being seen in touch with ordinary people – 30% think Cameron is in touch, but 53% think he is not (which, of course, probably plays into the Conservative party’s wider problem of being seen as a party for the rich).

Looking at how people answered the same questions about Ed Miliband, the most positive findings were that Miliband was seen as honest (by 41% to 18%) and open-minded (by 42% to 22%). The most negative were that Miliband was seen as weak (by 44% to 19%), not up-to-the-job (by 45% to 25%) and unlikeable (by 45% to 31%). I’ve been cautious in the past about concluding too much from Miliband’s negative ratings – he was new in the job and had plenty of time to turn things about once people got to know him. He has now been in the job for well over six months – Labour would be right to be concerned about perceptions of Miliband.

Looking at some of the other questions, a majority of the public (55%) remain opposed to the government’s NHS reforms, and even most of those who support it think the reforms should be amended to address public concerns.

There were also some questions on superinjunctions. A majority (55%) of respondents continued to think super-injunctions are an unacceptable restriction on the freedom of the press, compared to 30% who think they are an acceptable way of people in the public eye to protect their privacy. Despite this, there was not much sympathy for the Twitter account that broke the alleged contents of some of the injunctions – 35% thought this was the right thing to do, but 44% though it was wrong.

While I haven’t had chance to look at it properly yet, there is also a big chunk of new polling on Michael Ashcroft’s website here.


454 Responses to “YouGov’s Sunday Times poll”

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  1. @ Neil A

    “Any English policeman with experience will tell you that the French police are diabolical. And I put my closet Francophobia and Euroscepticism to one side before making that observation. Germany’s BKD, by contrast, are a shining example of both professionalism and SNP-style “that’s a good idea, let’s do it”-ism.”

    Apparently, the CRS are up in arms that they’re no longer allowed to drink alcohol on the job. Those cops are the most elite police officers in France. I think that sums it up. I have no doubt that you’re right.

  2. @ Crossbat11/Nick H

    “Ahhh, you’re talking about one of our comedy giants, the great Peter Sellers who played the bumbling but endearing French detective Inspector Clouseau in the Pink Panther series of films. I saw many of the Pink Panther films, but many years ago and I don’t know if one of them was “Strikes Again”. The scene you go on to describe rings a bell though and the Sellers portrayal of Clouseau remains one of the great masterpieces of British post war comedy, certainly in my opinion. Sellers was known as a hilarious nightmare to work with because he regularly reduced his fellow actors on set to tears of laughter and they usually had to shoot every scene ten times before they could get through it without collapsing into fits of hilarity. A very funny man, but a surprisingly complex one too who’s personal life, like a lot of comedians, was a semi-tragic one.”

    He was extremely complicated and his daughter was kinda psycho too. He died far too young. In Pink Panther Strikes Again, there’s a character naimed Ainsley Jarvis who plays a stereotypical stern English butler. Until Clouseau discovers that he’s a leading drag performer at a local gay bar when he’s not busy being a butler. This has the habit of freaking out Clousseau (this is why I asked, during the Barnsley Central by-election, if Dan Jarvis was any relation to Ainsley…..I don’t think anyone got it).

  3. @ Raf

    “Maybe you haven’t read it. It’s All The King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren.”

    You are correct. I have not read it. (Insert Sheepish Grin) :(

  4. Having 13 heart attacks before he was 40 must have kind of sucked

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