The Times have a snap online Populus poll on the European veto, showing support for David Cameron’s decision. 57% of people thought that David Cameron was right to use the veto, with 14% disagreeing and 29% don’t know. 53% also agreed that the use of the veto showed that Cameron is willing to stand up for Britain.

On the impact of the veto, 56% of people thought that the use of the veto would reduce British influence in Europe (9% disagreed), 44% thought it would protect the City of London as a financial centre (12% disagreed). 24% thought the veto would weaken the prospect of economic recovery, 27% disagreed.

Finally, on the domestic political angle, 35% of people agreed that Cameron used the veto only because of pressure from his backbenchs, 22% disagreed. 35% of people agreed with the statement that the veto makes it less likely that the coalition will last, 16% disagree.

Fieldwork was conducted between Friday and Sunday, so would mostly have been before Nick Clegg cricitised the veto. The poll did not ask voting intention (the political crossbreaks in the Times’ write up are based on 2010 vote), so we’ll have to wait a bit longer to see if it has any impact there.


252 Responses to “Snap Populus poll on the veto”

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  1. @NEIL A
    Your post @11.24 last PM, is virtually a carbon copy of what I had said 2 days ago. This is where the whole thing becomes a bore,(not your post, the whole thing).
    We keep saying Cameron did right, they keep saying Cameron is a self abusing imbecile.

    The fact the Conservatives have done themselves a bit of political good by all this, is written of as super transient and “not a game changer”. Perhaps all that is so, perhaps not, but it does show what the British people think, a factor that seems not to matter much to the left.

  2. @JOHN MURPHY
    I regret making the comment you refer to regarding British blood in Northern Europe. Not because I said anything untrue or unjust, but because it always leads to some lefty preaching about bloody slavery, or the Russian loses at Stalingrad. This debate may not be about the history of Western Europe, but our, (Britain’s) part in it, has involved blood and treasure since the 13c. Not all of us English are prepared to forget that. I am, for the 900th time, like my leader, big on the single market. But I do not approve of being shafted by the the French on the basis of some greater good. Your “all men are brothers” philosophy is not mine.

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