YouGov’s final Sunday Times poll of the year is online here. Topline figures are CON 33%, LAB 43%, LD 10%, UKIP 8%.

YouGov repeated their semi-regular trust tracker they have asked since 2003. While people in the survey said the Mitchell affair had made them trust the police less, the percentage saying they trusted local police officers was actually almost unchanged – 67% trust local police officers a great deal or a fair amount, typical of all the times YouGov have asked the question in the last few years. There was a slight drop in the proportion of people who trusted senior police officers with 47% of people saying they trusted them. While this is the lowest YouGov have recorded, it is not a significant change from the 49% who said they trusted senior police officers in November.

In contrast the Savile affair does seem to have significantly damaged trust in the BBC. Today’s figures actually show a slight increase in trust in the BBC since YouGov last asked the question at the very height of the Savile affair – now 51% of people say they trust the BBC, compared to 44% a month ago – however this is still a significant fall from the BBC’s 60% trust rating at the start of the year.

Looking at the more specific questions on plebgate, Andrew Mitchell is now narrowly more believed than the police – 31% think Mitchell is telling the truth, 28% the police, 41% don’t know. 43% of people still think that Mitchell probably called the police officer a pleb, but this is a drastic change from September when 69% of people thought he did.

Despite the turnaround in opinion people still think Mitchell was right to resign by 49% to 26%. 29% of people think he should be offered another government job, 40% think he should not. Even if Mitchell’s own version of events is proven to be true, many people think that should be a resigning matter anyway – asked about Mitchell’s admitted version of events, where he said to the officer “I thought you lot were supposed to f—— help us”, 38% of people still think this would be a resigning matter, 44% do not.

169 Responses to “YouGov/Sunday Times – CON 33, LAB 43, LD 10, UKIP 8”

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    By how far?

  2. ON

    I laughed more at my xmas cracker joke.


    I despair of the pretendy left, who constantly diss the efforts of the hard working proletarian cracker-joke writers.

    While I respect your attempt to emulate solidarity with them, through buying their product, the survival of their jobs requires that you enthusiastically promote that product.

  4. ON:

    What do they call a freezer in Australia?


    I fear that you are about to tell us.

    Such release of commercially valuable data would simply reduce the job security of cracker joke operatives.

    Even at this late stage, I urge you to consider the fate of the spouses and children of these workers should you do so.

  6. No, I just wondered.


    Your alignment with activists in the industry is much appreciated.

    As you surmise, the data you wished will be available in December 2013. You will simply need to be cracker aware to discover the answer.

  8. Actually this is a guddun – I had it turned down by the industry standards ombudsman czar bloke for being – and I quote – “too funny”.

    So best to be sat down before you read the answer:

    “A fridgery-didgery-doo !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

    BOOM-BOOM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    As you should have been aware, your contribution was turned down because you failed to meet the qualifications for humour submission, and you were in breach of entertainment industry demarcation guidelines.

    If you care to check your loft, your guitars have been confiscated under section 18.i.vii of the appropriate industry regulations.

    One (or more) component parts may be recycled into future cracker fillers, if they are judged to replicate reproductive anatomical features. However, vegetables are more likely to meet that requirement.

  10. That’s what I said – toooooooooooo funny.

    Like my “What d’you call a Greek bloke with diarrhea?”


  11. Merry Chinese Food and Movies Day to all of you!!

    (Or Christmas as its known to some).

    I hope you guys all had a nice day, hopefully a relaxing day off (or if not, one with a lot of overtime).

    I saw Hyde Park on the Hudson this evening. The film was only so-so, I give it a “meh” rating. Bill Murray didn’t do FDR justice. It pales in comparison to Daniel Day Lewis’s Abe Lincoln. Although I wouldn’t rave about it, I enjoyed the portrayals of the British monarchs though (the scenes involving them were the best of the movie…very humorous too). The juxtaposition between Roosevelt’s dysfunctional and wild family situation (I have that urge to want to label it purely San Francisco) and the conservative and traditionalist George and Elizabeth is nothing short of comical. Still don’t get the huge deal made over eating a hot dog.

    Oh and to answer the former Queen Elizabeth’s question, there is more than one Hyde Park. There’s one in Los Angeles too (though it’s not as nice as the one in London).

    I think James Roosevelt (FDR’s son) used to be my Congressman (well sorta, seeing that he resigned his seat decades before I was born) though I can’t be sure with redistricting and all. He wasn’t particularly good at his job (unlike his dad who was one of the greatest Presidents in history).

  12. Guardian / ICM poll

    Con 32
    Lab 40
    LD 13

    A fix of sorts for us poll addicts. A rambling commentary and I’m not sure if it has cherry-picked. I find it hard to believe LD on 13 so I have to treat the rest of their findings with caution.

  13. Actually, Paul, religion as a cosmic joke has been going on forever and all over, from the Crusades to Christmas crackers to Aldous Huxley’s mescalin induced visions of the Great Snake, and to Aborigine body painting and dances, close to our own Christmas behaviour – to say, by reference to their kinship with the animal world – you and Peanuts – who they are; and written up by Durkheim to demonstrate that, not God, but society exists. – What concerns me and relates this subject to VI is the continued existence within American and – strange but historic coupling – of militant and fundamentalist religion as the basis of the demonisation of other religious and social systems, of the kind which would continue to justify the 1972 Christmas bombing of Hanoi. While our own established church fights over doctrinaire interpretation of its supposedly God-given permissions regarding sex and marriage, what has happened to its capacity to learn and interpret differing social and belief systems, which should be part of its adult and changing status?

  14. within America and Pakistan…

  15. Indeed JP. However if one views it all as utterly irrational and without logic, then tinkering at the edges with becoming a bit more “modern” doesn’t address the issue for me.

  16. PAUL
    So why bother voting, for a party which you hope would – more reliably that any other – ally itself with Obama rather than the religious right? The Faliklands, Iraq, Libya and Syria are isssues of foregn policy in which intervention as an option is drriven by religious radicalism on all sides. If you weren’t listening, Bush’s “Bring it on” and the response to 9/11 was based on the notion that a response to criminality should be answered by a crusade. Tinkering at the edges, my elbow.

  17. JP

    Excusez moi?

    I voted LD at last election and dunno what I shall do next time. It matters not anyway as my effect on my Durham constituency is nil, on the UK even less and on the good ole US of A much, MUCH less.

    In FPTP the question is, for most of us, why bother voting at all?

  18. PAUL

    “why bother voting at all?”

    Precisement, ma vielle fruit.

  19. Strange to see the recent bounces in UKIP support- I wonder if it will tale on to the next election?

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