There is some ComRes polling for ITV’s News at Ten on the ongoing phone hacking scandal. 82% of people think Rebekah Brooks should resign, 4% do not and 14% aren’t sure. last week ComRes found 75% of people wanted her to resign or be sacked, but the question appears to have been different so they are not comparable.

49% of people think that David Cameron has handled the issue badly (there is no figure for handling it well), 68% agreed that he had shown poor judgement in hiring Andy Coulson.

Slightly better news for Cameron is that he is the most trusted party leader to sort the issue out – 27% trust Cameron, 16% Miliband, 7% Clegg. 50% of respondents, however, say they do not trust any of party leaders to deal with it.

Meanwhile YouGov’s daily poll for the Sun has topline figures of CON 35%, LAB 43%, LDEM 10% – continuing to show a Labour lead of 8-9 points.

UPDATE: Tabs for ComRes are here. The question on whether Cameron handled it well didn’t actually ask if Cameron had handled it well or badly, it asked if people agreed with the statement “David Cameron has handled the phone hacking scandal well”. 23% agreed, 49% did not.

269 Responses to “New ComRes poll on the phone hacking scandal”

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  1. Not polling related (apologies AW) but the Sun’s explanation of how it got the ‘scoop’ on Browns child seems to be missing one key fact. Apparently a member of the public ‘whose family had also experienced cystic fibrosis’ (the Sun says his child) passed the information about the Browns to the Sun – but how did this member of the public obtain this information in the first place? If he had legitimate access to Fraser Browns records he must surely be in breach of the law in disclosing them so that can presumably ruled out given the strength of the Sun’s rebuttal (unless they are really brass-necked!), but how else did he obtain the information? Perhaps bump into the distraught Browns in the facility treating his son? Overhear a conversation or spot Fraser’s name on a document somewhere? What is the legality of this – is there any law governing information discovered by chance in places where you would assume privacy, such as hospitals?

    I am guessing the information was gained without any documentary evidence, hence the Sun called Brown to verify the information, placing Brown in an impossible situation. He couldn’t deny a story that was true however much he might want to (especially one that would break eventually) forcing him to deal with the press over a tragic story which he was still trying to come to terms with personally.

    This doesn’t touch on the morality of using confidential information about someone else’s baby, however obtained, to raise awareness of a disease affecting your own child. I’m sure the source himself was also distraught over his own child’s plight, but does that excuse impinging on someone else’s private tragedy? And did breaking the story achieve the goal of highlighting the cause of those afflicted by the disease – or did it simple provide an attention grabbing headline to help shift some papers?

  2. Nick – no need to apologise to me, there are many, many things where public opinion is entirely irrelevant. I measure public opinion, I’ve never been one of those people who go from that to think it is automatically very important.

    Tingedfringe – please don’t apologise for long comments actually talking about polling. They are positively welcomed!

    Colin – as they say, if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all. The poll found that people would quite like a tax cut of £7,500 if the question didn’t mention how this huge cut might actually be funded.

    I suspect a poll asking about the various proposals in the IEA paper (proposes charging people for school education, and end to free healthcare for most adults and a move to a private insurance scheme, ending free bus passes, free TV licences etc for pensioners, freezing the state pension in real terms, privatising the BBC, etc) would have presented a somewhat different picture.

  3. Re: ComRes’s IEA polling…

    What a load of ****s. They ask the question “If the Government were to reduce its spending to 30% of national income, the Government would have less money to spend, but each household would pay around £7,500 less tax on average. Would you support or oppose this reduction in government spending?” which is entirely leading, and a disgrace of a question to pass off as “People support the IEA’s Plan”.

  4. Adrian B

    Your analysis is logical and I think it is only fair to see this latest poll as confirming 7-8% rather than indicaitng a sudden swing back.

    However, I think YouGov appears to be out of step with the other pollsters by 2 or 3%.

    I await with interest whether the other polls show Labour increasing lead, or the situation remaining stable.

    I am not sure sure that a daily YouGov poll is very helpful and would prefer to see them return to fortnightly or whatever.

    Maybe if Murdoch sells to Sun, I will have my wish.

  5. The Sun’s headline today was unbelievable

    shouldn’t they be keeping a low profile today of all days?
    I don’t think anyone is going to believe them from now on (I suppose you can argue a lot didn’t before now anyway) and if they come up with a controverisal headline people will surely question where they got the information from

  6. Jayblanc

    which is entirely leading, and a disgrace of a question to pass off as “People support the IEA’s Plan’

    I am uncertain from your quote whether the tax cut is guaranteed should the govt expenditure be reduced.

    Also I am unclear by ‘average’; would the average taxpayer really have tax cut by £7,500?

    Also before I even considered a yes to such a question I would want to know, which taxes are to be cut and which services are to be cut.

    I suppose it depends whether you are trying to appeal to the left or the right.

    The taxes I would like to see cuts are NI, income tax for those earning under £10K, higher rate tax for those earning under £70k, Corporation tax for small businesses, stamp duty on first homes, capital gains tax for long term investors, inheritance tax and the horrible tax on share interest for pension funds that robbed so many of us in the private sector of final salary pensions.

    Cuts in services is much more difficult. I would like to see more spent on NHS and care for the elderly. No change in education, although far better targeted and the same for the police and local authorities.

    So tax cuts would be difficult; although I would have a greatly reduced defence budget. As a budget that allows us to invade countries across the world on a whim is not a defence but an attack budget. If the MOD said due to derfence cuts we will no longer be able to meddle in Afghanistan or Libya, or illegally invade Iraq, I would be delighted.

    I should think that my proposed tax cuts combined with severe defence cuts would antagonise almost every other poster. But it is just my opinion.

  7. I haven’t even seen the Sun headline. What did it say?

  8. I think the Sun’s headline was something like “Brown Wrong”

    and then basically goes on to say the story they hacked medical records was a lie

    they just seem to be digging deeper holes for themselves. but I don’t suppose Murdoch has got where he has by disappearing quietly.

  9. This has moved worldwide. In the US News Group is subject to a law suit by investors, a senator has suggested looking into hacking in general and there are other moves a foot. Also in Australia the Murdoch owned papers are looking at all expenses paid out, to make sure all above board.

    I think Murdoch realises that they now have to counteract the bad publicity by taking necessary measures. There is no point dragging this out and they should be helping make sure those involved in anything illegal are brought before the courts. There are lots of suspicions about who was involved in all of this, but until this all comes out in court, it cannot be helpful to the Police, as it just makes it more difficult to prosecute.

    It would not be a surprise if the bid to gain 100% of BSkyB was dropped, as I can’t see that being in anyones interest to pursue at the moment.

  10. Interesting comparing what’s been said then and now about comparisons between the UK and Greece. Then: “The UK is at strong risk of following Greece!”, Now: “The UK and Greece are very different!”

  11. AW

    “I suspect a poll asking about the various proposals in the IEA paper (proposes charging people for school education, and end to free healthcare for most adults and a move to a private insurance scheme, ending free bus passes, free TV licences etc for pensioners, freezing the state pension in real terms, privatising the BBC, etc) would have presented a somewhat different picture.”

    Indeed !

    Another la-la land set of “ideas” from the Tories own version of the “peoples front of Judea (splitters)”.

  12. @ Neil A

    “Unfortunately, in the police service its not just the cream that floats to the top. Getting promoted is such a byzantine song-and-dance that hard working, public spirited officers are sometimes at a disadvantage against selfish, ambitious officers who put getting promoted (and the study and preparation needed to do so) ahead of actual functional police work.

    Sue Akers is an excellent detective, with a background like me in the Met’s Child Abuse Investigation Command. She has impeccable judgement, as demonstrated by her decision in the early 1990s to select me for my first investigative role!”

    Ain’t that the truth. :) It’s amazing that you know these people.

  13. I had the temerity to blog yesterday that NI had produced a robust defence in relation to the issue of Gordon Brown’s son. I also asked what was Gordon Brown up to. This seemed to upset some people although I did subsequently get some support for my views.

    I thought I would look through the rest of the media this morning, (not NI papers) to see if any had the same worries as myself. The Daily Mail clearly did, but that is a right wing paper so I do not recommend that. Instead I suggest that those interested might care to read Matthew Norman in todays Independant, not I think a right wing newspaper.
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  14. Anthony-thanks.

    Pretty pointless then.

  15. @The Other Howard.

    The Indy is my daily paper and so I read M Norman’s column regularly and with interest. He is his own man and doesnt seem to back any political party altho’ he was pretty pro Lib/Dem before the GE and has never had any time forBrown.

    In previous columns,He’s made pretty rude comments about Cameron, George Osborne, Michael Gove, Jeremy Hunt Eric Pickles etc etc.

    I’d take a look at some back issues, if you get a chance. 8-)

  16. @ Valerie

    Thanks for that, I like people who are Independant of thought. I enjoyed reading the Independant today especially the leaders. Nice to see a left of centre paper prepared to run an article like ” want value for money for my taxes”. Although I am sure you will have realised I am a right wing economic libertarian (small state), I shall certainly read some back issues as you suggest and probably read the newspaper more often.


  17. @Valerie and The Other Howard
    Can’t beat the Indy. Been reading it since 1987.

  18. @Ian Anthony James
    “12 months media doom and gloom”? @Chouenlai

    This relates to the very gloomy outlook, cuts, unemployment ect. Not any media soft soaping of Labour.

    My comment “folks on this site comparing Miliband with Atlee, was poetic licence, to describe the constant talking up of Miliband as a great Labour leader. 95% of those who do it, know in their hearts and minds, the man never will be.

    Please can we have Clement Attlee’s name correctly written.

    We will always remember how rude Winston was about Major Attlee.

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