The latest YouGov poll shows support for ID cards falling even further. Back in 2003, when YouGov asked an identically worded question they found 78% of people supported “the introduction of a system of national identity cards in Britain”. Polls by various companies during 2004 found support around the 70-80% level, although lower levels of support were found when the likely cost of the card was mentioned in the question. Last weekend a BPIX poll found that the level of support for ID cards had fallen to only 57%, today’s YouGov poll shows it falling even further – now 45% support the introduction of ID cards, and 42% oppose it.

From a lead of 63% back in 2003, those supporting ID cards now outnumber those opposing it by only 3% – the unavoidable conclusion is that the Government is losing the argument over ID cards, and the more aware people become of them, the less they seem to support them.

YouGov also asked their standard voting intention question – their first published voting intention figures since the election. The topline figures are CON 33%, LAB 38%, LDEM 20%. This shows Labour gaining 2 points on their general election performance, one point since YouGov’s last poll. Conservative support is unchanged since the election, one point higher than YouGov’s last poll. The Lib Dems are down slightly. The voting intention figures tell pretty much the same story as ICM’s earlier this month – unlike the period following the last two elections there has been no honeymoon boost for the government, but at the same time, without a new leader the Conservatives seem to be becalmed.

Other questions covered the proposed introduction of road pricing in place of road tax, 31% supported this, 56% were opposed, and the decommissioning of Trident. Respondents were given the choice of spending the money on a new nuclear deterrent, spending the same amount of money on conventional weaponry, or doing neither – presumably spending the money on something else entirely or not spending it at all. Only 26% supported the commissioning of a new nuclear weapons system, 41% supported spending the money on conventional weaponry, and 16% said neither, another 16% didn’t know.


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