The news agenda has rather moved on from the strikes now, and is dominated by News International’s travails – however, I expect we’ll have to wait until the weekend to get any substantive polling on that (though I believe there is some Survation stuff tonight, which I’ll include in my 10 o’clock post. In the meantime, there are a couple of YouGov polls from earlier in the week looking back at the strikes.

Firstly on Monday YouGov repeated the questions on the strike and pensions that were originally asked a week ago, to see if the actual strike had changed views. In terms of support or opposition to the strike there was no substantive difference. Last week people opposed the teachers’ strike by 49% to 40%, this week people opposed it by 50% to 41%. There was a similar lack of movement on opposition to the civil servants strike.

On the subject of pensions though, people were marginally more *supportive* of the government’s pension proposals. Last week 37% said they supported them, this week it was 41% . Normal caveats apply about small movements not necessarily being significant, but certainly the argument does not appear to be moving against the government.

On a different measure, the strike action does appear to be keeping pensions firmly near the top of the political agenda. It remains third on the list of what people consider the most important issues facing the country and second on what people think are the most important issues facing their families (both percentages up since last month).

Will post again later tonight with today’s YouGov VI and the Survation figures on hacking.


9 Responses to “The impact of the strikes…”

  1. Anthony

    “News International’s travails – however, I expect we’ll have to wait until the weekend to get any substantive polling on that”

    Mmmm

    Seems my cynicism has some basis! This is Tuesday, and we won’t find out (at least from YouGov) whether people think that Mr Murdoch is a really, really nice man or not!

    As one might say – Mmmmmm

  2. Is it Tuesday?

    I thought it was Wednesday evening.

    I must be going la-la.

  3. Seems Survation respondents don’t necessarily think that Mr Murdoch is a really, really nice man (according to Mike Smithson’s Report.

    Which members or former member of News International /News Corp do the public consider to be most responsible should the allegations be found accurate?
    In terms of bearing responsibility for the alleged hacking (respondents could choose multiple options), those surveyed thought Rebekah Brooks had the most responsibility (66%) followed by Glen Mulcaire (56%) and Rupert Murdoch (45%) then Andy Coulson (42%). Significantly, only 19% of respondents thought that “the specific journalists involved bore responsibility but not the newspaper editor or owners”.

  4. It’s Wednesday Old Nat :-)

  5. Nick Poole

    Time is a flexible commodity in the modern multiverse. :-)

  6. Colin
    Peter Oborne?
    Running a story on Cameron tomorrow. “Cameron in sewer” Very harsh on relationship with Becs. What does she know about Rupert that he is describing her as family?

  7. AW: Ability to comment is somewhat hampered by

    “Forbidden
    You don’t have permission to access /sites/today.yougov.co.uk2/files/yg-archives-yougov-pensionsstrikes-060711.pdf” on this server.”

    However, it strikes me that the increase in support for Govt pension proposals from 37% to 41% could just be that as the issue drops down the news agenda/attention span, Govt supporters don’t think about the issue so much, and interpret it more as a general ‘do you support the Govt’ question. Would have been nice to be able to check out that theory by looking at the detail.

  8. Ben – I’d missed out an inverted comma. Try it again!

  9. Thanks, AW.

    Looks like there is another explanation: support for the Govt on pensions increased among Labour supporters (albeit from only 17% to only 20%) too.