Full tables for the YouGov/Sunday Times poll are now up here. This week’s topline figures are CON 36%, LAB 42%, LDEM 10% – so there is no obvious sign of a conference boost for Labour. Ed Miliband’s own ratings are almost unchanged from last week. His net approval stands at minus 32, from minus 33 a week ago.
More positively Miliband was seen as the leader most able to understand the problems faced by ordinary people (or at least, the leader least unable to understand them). 35% thought Miliband was able to understand ordinary people’s problems, compared to 30% for Clegg, 29% for Cameron and 22% for George Osborne.
David Cameron’s approval rating is also steady at minus 8, unchanged from a week ago. Wider perceptions of his premiership so far are pretty average – 37% think he has been an average Prime Minister, 21% a good or great Prime Minister, 39% a poor or terrible Prime Minister. 40% of people think it was the right decision for the Conservatives to go into coalition with the Liberal Democrats, 42% think it was the wrong decision. When we asked the same question for the Liberal Democrats a fortnight ago, 36% had thought it was right for them to go into coalition with the Tories, 45% thought it was the wrong decision.
The public remain divided on the economic strategy, 36% saying the government should continue to prioritise the deficit, 38% that they should prioritise growth. However, there were majorities in favour of all the suggested growth policies asked about (extra capital spending, VAT cuts and increasing personal tax allowances). There is little support for Britain helping in any further bailout in the Eurozone. 63% agree that Britain has its own problems and should not contribute any money to help the debt crisis, 22% think it is in Britain’s interests to contribute money to help solve the crisis.
Finally there were some questions on Tony Blair. Blair is regarded as the best Labour party leader by 24% of respondents, followed by John Smith on 16% and Harold Wilson on 11% (Clement Attlee receives only 6% – suggesting a not unsurprising bias towards more recent leaders). 39% of people think Blair was a good or great Prime Minister, 24% an average one, 35% a poor or terrible one. Despite the broadly positive perception of him, 47% think that Miliband should distance his party from Blair, with 27% disagreeing (though they also think Labour party members were wrong to boo his name).