The full tables for this week’s YouGov/Sunday Times poll are now up here, and cover mainly the ongoing phone hacking affair.

So far 36% of people think David Cameron has handled the phone hacking affair well, 48% badly. In comparison, 49% think Ed Miliband has handled it well, 28% badly. This has fed through into Miliband’s overall leadership ratings, though they remain solidly negative – 32% now think he is doing well (up from 26% a fortnight ago before the story reached its peak), 53% think he is doing badly (down from 60% a fortnight ago). In contrast, despite people thinking Cameron’s handled the issue badly, his overall rating has remained largely steady over the last two weeks.

Still on the question of how people have handled the phone hacking saga, 69% of people think the police have handled it badly (only 16% think they have done it well), 79% think News Corporation have handled it badly. Respondents were also negative about other newspapers’ reactions – only 25% think they have handled it well, 43% think they have handled it badly. 80% of people think News Corp were right to drop the BSkyB bid.

There is overwhelming agreement that the relationship between newspaper owners/editors is too close to politicians (76% agree) and to the police (69% agree), and strong support for a register of meetings between ministers and journalists, reporters as well as editors and proprietors.

While the public remain overwhelmingly hostile towards the idea of journalists breaking the law to get stories (71% still think it is never acceptable), their opinion of “underhanded tactics” to get a story that’s in the public interest has softened somewhat – a week ago only 37% of people thought underhanded tactics were acceptable in the public interest, but that has now risen to 48%. A majority of people also thought that newspapers hiring private investigators was acceptable when trying to expose criminal behaviour or corruption, but not to look at people’s financial dealings or love affairs (of course, it doesn’t follow that they’d support private investigators hacking phones, bribing police officers, etc!)

Support for a formal authority to regulate the press rather than the PCC is little changed from last week – 27% support the PCC remaining, 59% support a new authority being established.

367 Responses to “More from the YouGov/Sunday Times poll”

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  1. @Chouenlai – as oppoesed to his ex wife starring in Ultimate Farce.

  2. @rob sheffield
    If EM is serious about this, he will need to do a site more grovelling than Cameron. He was part of two very unfragrant administrations. There would be no room for the usual politicians “we got everything right approach”.

  3. Alec
    Thanks for your post/response at 4.38pm

  4. @Henry

    Why don’t you contract out of your Union’s political fund and send a cheque to your Party?

  5. @alec
    Ultimate Farce is on this site talking about the PM resigning.

  6. In Nick Poole’s defence, he is not the only one who is partisan here but he is the only one who is gracious enough to admit it.

  7. Valerie

    The lack of co-operation by Unison officials has been mentioned more than once – perhaps because it has a particularly complex structure to its political funds – see this from Mark Irvine who knows a thing or two about such matters

  8. h ttp://

    add my two pence worth

  9. Yates of the Yard is now to be investigated over allegations that he helped the daughter of Ian Wallis get a job with the Met.

    I have no idea as to the veracity or otherwise of the allegations, but I’d love to be a headline writer for tomorrow’s papers.

    ‘Mates of the Yard’, anyone?

  10. @ Liz Hancock

    I am partisan in that I have never liked Cameron. I don’t normally take dislike to many politicians, but for whatever reason I sensed he was unsuitable to be leader of his party and therefore PM.

    But I am not anti-Tory. I like old fashioned Tories who are straight talking and discuss policies based on facts, not on ideology which is covered in spin designed to deceive people. I would use Michael Portilo as an example. Did not like him when he was a politician but now think the many of the views he expresses are much more sensible, because he is not consumed by day to day party political games.

    In terms of public perception and therefore polling, people have generally liked Cameron for whatever reason. Perhaps after they lost trust in New Labour, they just took to someone who spoke well and talked about issues they cared about. But now that he is PM, it is bound to be the case that people will look at him more closely i.e the actions and judgements he makes and my view is that Camerons personal ratings will take a significant hit, while the Tories polling will only slide a little.

    The Tories won’t suffer too badly in terms of polling, because Labour have so far not talked about alternative policies. Therefore some of the current 43% saying they would vote Labour are basing this on the assumption that Labour will come forward at some point with alternative policies that they wlll be in agreement with.

  11. Sean Hoare – the NOTW journo who first alleged Coulson knew of the hacking – has been found dead this afternoon. Death is unexplained, but reported as not being suspicious.

    Sorry for his family and friends clearly, but there’s something about this whole hacking affair that just seems insanely twisted and weirdly connected. What a time for a body to appear.

  12. NEILA

    It was good to read your views on the Met resignations.

    I had been waiting to see them.

  13. @Chouenlai – “Ultimate Farce is on this site talking about the PM resigning.”

    Quite agree. Although this eventuality would be only one explosive revelation away, that’s always the case with PMs and I just don’t think the evidence presented as yet goes anywhere near a Cameron resignation.

    I don’t even think he has handled the scandal particularly badly, apart from delaying the dropping of Coulson and NI a bit too long. Essentially he has suffered the traditional fate of PMs when faced with a fast moving and complex developing scandal. He still has to go around the world on government business and he can’t jump in with both feet and condemn X or Y unless there is proper evidence, and even if there is, as PM he must be mindful of due process.

    He has been damaged by this, and his close association with NI people is a serious historical misjudgement, but so far we are a long way from resignation.

    And I think Ed likes it that way.

  14. Mike N

    ‘Who’s the Swiss businessman?’
    According to FT Rosenfield

    ‘Lab is not under the control of certain unions.
    The trade unions do not pick the Lab leader.’

    Tell D Milliband, (who the Party really wanted).

    ‘What hypocrisy are you on about?’
    Too obvious to answer

    ‘Are you another alter ego of that infamous quartet posting here as Lord Roland Tory Sapper Chouenlai?’

    Greatest respect to the other posters, but you really like to smear anyone who dares to challenge you.

    I do not even understand why I should pretend to be anyone else; but I suppose you are trying to make me sound devious. Or perhaps you are so up yourself, you cannot imagine that more than one person could ever disagree with you.

  15. Sean Hoare- I’m now waiting for the conspiracy theories circa Kelly…..

  16. What’s the difference between a British Secret Agent and a News Corp employee?

    One’s a callous apparatchik who skulks around the fringes of society gathering secret intelligence and reporting back to his handler.

    The other’s a member of MI5.

    I’m a lot more likely to believe that News Corp would bump someone off than MI5, to be honest…

  17. R Huckle

    “I like old fashioned Tories who are straight talking and discuss policies based on facts, not on ideology which is covered in spin designed to deceive people.”

    We had one in the Scottish Parliament but they sacked her. Possibly the best leader they have available. Old fashioned is not what 30 yr old PR people like.

    Spin over substance.

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