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. Bad numbers for Murdoch. OK for Cameron.

  2. 50% don’t believe any of them will sort it out.

    That is atrocious. They ALL need to look in the mirror.

  3. I am not sure 27% is ok for Cameron, when 50% do not trust any of the party leaders to deal with it.

    I have a feeling people are not answering about the specific issue anyway. The Lib Dems have alway been in favour of better self regulation of the media and not being in their pockets, yet only 7% trust Clegg.

    Actually on this specific issue, I would trust Clegg, more than the other two leaders.

  4. Rumours tonight that Murdoch is to dump all his UK papers. The leaks of further wrong doing at other titles are all coming from inside NI, and it’s clear that Murdoch is setting the agenda, but what for?

    It’s a dangerous game if he still wants BskyB, as I can’t see how anyone could accept NI is a fit and proper organisation to run a broadcasting company.

    On the bigger political fallout, I think Cameron has made a mistake by not being in the Commons this afternoon, and it is striking that his own backbenchers and the political correspondents have both lost a good deal of faith in him over recent days.

    The scandal has reached that messy phase where real voters switch off somewhat, but while the poll numbers haven’t shifted much, I think the ground the Tories stand on has got a little more shaky.

  5. Just wondering: have any leading Tories had their phones hacked? Seems everyone else and their dog has.

  6. @ R Huckle

    I agree, I imagine the Comres’ ‘who best to trust?’ essentially comes down to party loyalists, with the average voter opting for ‘none’ .

  7. @Cheesewolf – a couple of days ago Osborne confirmed police had approached him to say his name was in Mulcaire’s notebook, although it wasn’t clear if he had been hacked.

  8. just noticed the governments approval rating is at -31 that’s pretty awful is that the lowest approval rating they’ve had so far?

  9. I think Boris Johnson said he probably had his phone hacked, although that was more for the affairs than for his politics.

    I’m surprised that with a consistent 8 point lead in the polls for Labour that the Tories are still favourites to win the next election, albeit it’s now very close between the big two and no overall majority.

    I think the approval rating and party leader ratings are the two most important polls – and in both Cameron has only taken a slight hit so he should weather this storm. Clearly the Murdoch empire isn’t going to be so lucky.

  10. One thing I’ve just thought of.

    It might be worthwhile for the Lib Dems to bring it all down before the reduction in seats and boundary changes actually happen.

  11. @Alec – Osborne… but not DC? How embarrassing for them… was DC not worth hacking but GO was?

  12. @ R Huckle

    “I have a feeling people are not answering about the specific issue anyway. The Lib Dems have alway been in favour of better self regulation of the media and not being in their pockets, yet only 7% trust Clegg.
    Actually on this specific issue, I would trust Clegg”

    I know what you mean: on this specific issue the LDs as a party have an honourable record, BUT since Clegg can’t be trusted to honour a personal, individually signed, voluntarily-entered-into pledge, I won’t trust him if he tells me that 2+2 makes 4 without checking the calculation for myself. I think there are a lot like me in the electorate, who (for one reason or another) have learnt that trusting Clegg is a mugs game.

  13. Nick,

    – “It might be worthwhile for the Lib Dems to bring it all down before the reduction in seats and boundary changes actually happen.”

    Oh Lordie! Please, please, please, please,please….

  14. @ Nick Poole

    “One thing I’ve just thought of. It might be worthwhile for the Lib Dems to bring it all down before the reduction in seats and boundary changes actually happen.”

    Yes, Nick, I think I made this point to you last night or the night before. This is being overlooked by everyone!
    I think the LDs would rather have a better populist reason than that – but at heart that is the reason I think it will be sooner rather than later.
    On the other hand when the boundaries are announced they could argue that they are in favour of reducing to 600 seats but not on “these” boundaries. They could maintain the line that the reduction effect on them must be proportionally no worse than the reduction effect on the Tories. This could delay, stall, the implementation without them actually reneging on the deal!

  15. @ Nick Poole

    “50% don’t believe any of them will sort it out.
    That is atrocious. They ALL need to look in the mirror.”

    No. Both Cameron and Miliband need to look in the mirror.

  16. Crossbat

    I’d just like to agree 100% with your post on the ex national chair of the Young Conservatives (1986) before it gets expunged !

  17. @Robert C

    Why not NC to look in the mirror? Is it in your opinion
    a) because he is squeaky clean on Murdoch?
    b) because he doesn’t count?

  18. I am feeling very cynical about all this. Murdoch withdraws his offer of selling of Sky News thus relieving pressure on Hunt, giving time for the furore to die down and shifting the future nature of the debate onto competition.

    Did he have a little chat with some politician who asked him to help them out a little?

    He is a wily old fox.

  19. Yes Clare, I reckon you are spot on! Murdoch’s action has effectively kept the coalition afloat because it has removed Clegg’s pretext for pulling the plug!

  20. I think the ‘top score for trust’ comes with being PM- most think a plague on all.

    Conversely the ‘top score for handling it badly’ is also the prize for being PM.

    Tonight I don’t think it is so much the politics but the Business and Economics of it that is absolutely amazing.

    We really could possibly lose the Times/ ST and Sun if that is the only way a febrile NI thinks it will get the much more valuable audio-visual media of BSB.

    I cannot see RM selling the brands to anyone else- he’ll just so what he did to TODAY and NOTW: he’ll sack the employees and close the whole shebang down…!

    PS what happens to our cherished quasi-tracker poll i that scenario :-(


    I thought it was just me feeling that Nick Robinson was biased – I was outraged by his comment tonight about Ed M having been saved from a leadership challenge by current events – BBC senior management need to deal with this.

    I also get the feeling that relative BBC newbie Laura Konsberg is also a bit right wing so perhaps we’ve an endemic BBC problem here – certainly hasn’t done them any good with the Tories on the cuts front.

  22. sergio

    “For goodness sake, Rebekar had a sleepover at the Browns who then went to her wedding! Ed was at Rupert’s beano two weeks ago! How much worse can it get?”

    ‘calm down dear’

    That was unsavory but necessary politics back then and (if you were Dave Cameron) until last week ;-)

    But this moment allows the vile cowpat heap to clean itself up.

    I personally am looking forward to not reading any election day dastardly spiels designed to confound a fair result (just fair and objective free speech not dictated down the phone or by text message from the proprietor).

    “Will the last person leaving NI premises in the UK please turn the lights out…..”

  23. Still status quo with Con on 35 (stifled yawn) so perhaps the heaped up opprobrium has yet to work through.

    I suppose those of you of island tendencies noticed the little matter of Italy’s debt and also that of the USA? :-(

  24. @ Nick,

    “They should all look in the mirror!” – well pretty soon that will be the only paper left! Boom-Boom.

    Seriously though – fascinating figures in these polls. It shows.

    1/ Cameron has had a very bad crisis.
    2/ Labour have been the beneficiary in the VI polls (although maybe temporarily?).
    3/ Cameron is still considered a much better leader than EM.

    What will be interesting is if there are any further revelations about how much DC knew. But for now though EM has stopped the rot in his leadership and is making the running in this crisis, he has not changed the view of the public that he is yet a much better leader.

  25. Rob

    Forgive me for railing at Miliband but I felt today he did protest just a little too much. Saying DC was “insulting the British people”……calm down dear, indeed.

    We will always see bias in the press but I sincerely hope never again these digusting and nauseating antics which the police (actively) and indeed politicians (tacitly) have connived in.

  26. Howard.

    The USA seems to be about to go bust. if it doesn’t this time it will be soon. I’m off to learn Mandarin.

  27. Sergio,

    – “If anyone wants to know what the “Establishment” looks like, well you’re looking at it…….the press, the politicians and the police, all up to their filthy necks in it.”

    The British Establishment are all up to their filthy necks in it? Who’d’ve thunk it? Next you’ll be telling me which denomination the Holy Father adheres to.

  28. Ignoring the partisan comments (i.e. loads of them..); I’m surprised to see Cameron’s so high on leader most likely to deal with this. I guess it goes back to his higher-than-the-others personal ratings, but he hasn’t exactly been impressive thus far.

    No real change in the VIs, perhaps since so many people feel that neither party can be trusted to sort out this mess?

  29. 27% trust Cameron, 16% Miliband, 7% Clegg

    That tells you everything you need to know about the 3 Unionist parties: Tories unpopular, Labour very unpopular, Lib Dems hideously unpopular.

  30. -31 is a very neglected (record) number tonight.

  31. There has been roughly a 2-3% point uptick in Labour support during this issue so Labour are certainly benefitting on a VI basis. The question is for how long, when the public get bored with the story.

    Will be interesting what happens after Weds when people may want to move on (at least till the next lot of revelations/someone is charged/convicted).

  32. @Rob S

    ““Will the last person leaving NI premises in the UK please turn the lights out…..””

    Ah, yes, the infamous eve of poll headline in the Sun in 1992. How they stuck the boot into Kinnock and then twisted the knife after the result by claiming that it was “the Sun wot won it”, accompanied by a cartoon showing a dead Kinnock swinging from a gallows, a noose tightened around his neck. Classy and tasteful as ever.

    Actually, that period was a defining moment in British political journalism with a large section of the press and most politicians believing that papers like the Sun could swing General Elections. Power, arrogance and hubris coursed through their journalistic veins from thereon in and the myth of Kingmaker Rupert was born.

    While it is true that politicians of all colours prostrated themselves at the court of Murdoch, more out of fear and necessity than any other motive, it has to be said that the Tories have been the chief beneficiaries of the Murdoch Empire’s favours and patronage. He blew wind into Thatcher’s sails during all her 10 years in power, stuck with Major until he looked a dead duck and, more recently, did all he could to get Cameron into Downing Street. As for Labour leaders, he shafted Callaghan, Kinnock and Brown and, while he suckled Blair for a period, the New Labour years were ambivalent and loaded ones in terms of the full Murdoch endorsement. There was always the veiled threat that support was conditional and could instantly be withdrawn, as indeed it was in 2009.

    I think the Tories have much more to lose than Labour from a loss of the monolithic Murdochian support that they’ve enjoyed for most of the last 40 years. On the other hand, Miliband, in one bound, is free.

  33. Stuart Dickson

    Completely misrepresenting what the poll measured to have a pop at everything non-SNP.

    By definition only one party can be trusted “the most”

    50% of people think it’ll be sorted 50% don’t. If it is sorted of course Cameron is the most likely to actually sort it, seeing that he does actually have a lot more power than NC.

    If the SNP were put up there in the same poll chances are they would score even lower that the LDs due to the paltry amount of Westminster seats they hold and lack of real influence in Westminster, would that make them amazingly unpopular in your book?

    I try to ignore the drivel on this site, but yours was especially noteworthy.

  34. @Tristan Perry
    IMHO many people want to trust DC. He tends to be seen as reasonble, concilliatory and collegiate, but also quite strong at times. That’s not necessarily how I see him, but all polling indicates that he is the least unpopular leader of a main uk wide party.

    But i’m unsure about his strategy of lying low in the hope the scandal will blow over. It would have been better if he was in the Commons today to put his spin on things. It’s never a good idea to give your opponents a free run.

  35. To whoever suggested that my irritability last night was due to the lack of my favourite single malt ….

    On the right track – but the wrong drug that I’m kicking! :-)

  36. ComRes have just published the tables:

  37. @Old Nat

  38. When was the last time govt approval dropped to -31%?

    Cameron has been permanently dented, if only by virtue of how he will now be mediated to us by the commentariat

    In their eyes the PM’s status has taken a tumble… his closest ally in the big-brother house has been unmasked and ejected.

    Was there ever any reality to the rumour back in January that a snap election would be called in May (the same rumour that accurately predicted the date of Coulson’s departure from No 10)?

    Did it become a “GE that never was” because of OE&Saddleworth, Labour’s December poll leads proving not to be a blip, and the failure of Cameron’s set peice speeches to turn things around?

    In retrospect May was the strongest polling month for the Tories so far this year. If LDs do pull the plug at a time of their choosing, it could look like a major missed chance.

  39. – ” Do you think that the Coalition Government is good or bad for Britain?” (net)

    South East -14
    Midlands -14
    Wales & South West -21
    North England -27
    Scotland -37

    Great Britain -21

  40. RAF

    Do not utter such a foul obscenity!!!!

    What is really annoying is that these addictive killers should not be publicly on sale in Scotland – except that the drug dealers calling themselves Imperial Tobacco have run successive legal challenges in order that they can continue to trap people in to killing themselves.

  41. @OLDNAT

    There goes my SNP vote. People should be big and tough enough to choose or not without more bans.

  42. Statgeek

    Since you presumably want cocaine dealers to have free access to supermarket and small shop counters to push their products, I reckon I’m quite happy for the SNP to do without your vote.

    As a matter of interest, which drug dealer supporting party will you be voting for?

  43. @OldNat
    Agree cigarettes should be outlawed. And they are, gradually, as they get ever more expensive and socially unnacceptable.

  44. Billybob

    If LDs do pull the plug at a time of their choosing, it could look like a major missed chance.

    Is that ‘If LDs do NOT pull the plug’ ?

    However, I don’t think they will

  45. RAF

    Actually, I don’t want nicotine totally outlawed – else it will become yet another drug driven underground and providing profits to the criminals.

    I’d prefer all addictive drugs here to be controlled by the Scottish Government and sold in Government owned stores, to ensure that we don’t have rogue batches which kill people off, and that the profits from their sale goes to fund programmes to help people overcome drug dependency.

    Meanwhile, where’s my single malt? :-)

  46. Anthony has previously suggested that “public opinion” isn’t always right. It is also true that polling companies can ask farcical questions which demonstrate their ignorance as well as the public’s (not unnatural) lack of grasp of the detail of public funding.

    It may be that in England there is a spectacularly stupid form of school funding that means there has been a huge loss of funding in the last 3 months – but that’s not how Scottish state schools are funded.

    So ComRes’s question

    “Thinking about each of the following public services in your local area, do you think they have got better or worse over the past three months? – Local state schools”

    is simply spectacularly incompetent, or based on ignorance, or any other potential explanation which suggests that the pollster hasn’t a clue – and transmits that ignorance to the respondent.

  47. @Henry

    To clarify, the argument for a snap election was that Cameron could take the initiative to go for an overall majority at a time of *his* choosing, rather than appear to be at the mercy of events and forced to go to the country in the event of the coalition collapsing, ie LDs pulling the plug (remember Cable’s comments about the “nuclear option”).

    As an aside, OE&S was an experiment to see if there was a possibilty that an ‘electoral pact’ could be agreed between Con and LD to solidify the coalition… but no takers.

  48. @OLDNAT

    “As a matter of interest, which drug dealer supporting party will you be voting for?”

    Scottish politics is very strange at the moment. One the one hand we have the Slabs who believe it’s their divine right to rule, while on the other we have the nationalists which seem to be hell bent on taking no advice from critics.

    Since May, I have seen a dramatic increase of Nat supporters trying to drown out any criticism of Alex in the same way Slab supporters did with McConnell. It’s fast becoming a case of:

    “No question now, what had happened to the faces of the pigs. The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.”

  49. Statgeek

    “while on the other we have the nationalists which seem to be hell bent on taking no advice from critics.”

    That’s an interesting comment. Would you care to suggest any example from any democratic system, anywhere in the world where a party which has been elected to a majority in their Parliament “takes advice from its critics”?

    You need to think seriously about what you posted.

    Apply that thinking to the UK. On FPTP, there hasn’t been a Government which has had a majority of the popular vote since ??? (Go on, surprise me).

    I’m never surprised that Unionists say silly things, but that you don’t embarass yourselves seems a little odd.

  50. ComRes, interesting but already out of date because it was before today’s events – i.e. The BSkyB bid is going to the Competition Commission & Ed M was in the House, debating this, whilst David Cameron was, once again, relaunching the Big Society.

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