This morning’s YouGov poll for the Sun had topline figures of CON 32%, LAB 42%, LDEM 10%, UKIP 9%.
There weren’t any questions on the specifics of the Autumn statement, but YouGov did update some general economic trackers. 24% of people now think George Osborne is doing a good job as Chancellor, a poor rating, but significantly up on the 15% approval rating YouGov recorded for him back in June. People think the government are managing the economy badly by 58% to 35%, but again this is up slightly from before the statement when the figures were 60% badly, 30% well.
Negative ratings do not, of course, necessarily imply that people would prefer the alternative. Osborne continues to lead Balls on who would make the better Chancellor by 31% to 25% and asked how they think the economy would be doing if Labour had won the last election, 38% of people think it would be doing even more badly compared to 24% who think it would be doing better.
Asked about the state of the economy, people remained extremely pessimistic. Only 17% of people think the economic is starting to recover or is actually recovering, 45% of people think the economy is still getting worse. Views have got more negative since YouGov last asked, but that was straight after the positive GDP figures, so it’s largely the fading of the brief couple of weeks of economic optimism we saw after last month’s figures.