The weekly YouGov/Sunday Times poll is up here – topline figures are CON 32%, LAB 41%, LDEM 11%, UKIP 9%. This week’s poll is very a grab bag of questions on various issues – the most interesting ones (energy & long term care show the usual sort of results) were on smacking and roads.

Over two thirds of parents say they smacked their own children, though there is a clear generational pattern. 78% of those parents who are now over 60 say they smacked their children, more recent parents are less likely to have done so – only 41% of parents under 40 say they have smacked their children. Only 16% parents who smacked their children say it is something they regret having done. Turning to the legal angle, only 17% of people would support making it illegal to smack children, compared to 72% of people who are opposed. There is far less support for corporal punishment in schools – only 40% of people think it should be legalised, 54% think it should be illegal.

Turning to roads, 66% of people say that the government does not spend enough on roads. However, there is relatively little support for actually *raising* more money to spend on roads. Only 18% would support higher taxes to fund road improvements, only 16% would support an annual fee for using motorways to fund road improvements. The highest support was for motorways tolls, which were supported by 35%, but opposed by 53%. Essentially people support the idea of spending more on roads, but aren’t willing to actually pay for it. Asked about the planning system, 45% thought it was important that local councils and residents should be able to block roads that damaged their local area, 30% thought that self-interested councils and residents shouldn’t be able to block road developments that are important for the economy.

Meanwhile, full tables for the Survation poll of Eastleigh are now online here

112 Responses to “YouGov/Sunday Times – CON 32, LAB 41, LD 11, UKIP 9”

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  1. Statgeek

    As a point of fact, people who rent, pay council tax on their properties, just as home owners do.

    Sometimes it is bundled up in the rent bill, but it’s still there and it is, equally well, based on property banding.

    (I did not write ‘equitably’).


    @”Presumably what people want is a “good school” & they don’t care much how it’s run.”

    Close I think-They do care how it’s run-because they want a “good school” for their childrens’ education.

    They don’t care how State funding is routed to the school.

    Same with Hospitals really-except a bad school can’t kill you.

    Younger people ( with children) want good schools.

    Older people want good hospitals.

    Pleased to see two Secretaries of State in post who respond to this by seeing children & patients as their main responsibility.

  3. Howard
    As someone who has rented privately for over 20 years I have never had the community charge bundled into the rent.
    Rates were not payable by tenants only by owners but as soon as Thatcher changed to the poll tax landlords merrily passed this charge in it’s entirety on to tenants.

  4. What colour smoke do they blow for a retired Pope?
    Answers to: “Celebrity Pontiff on Ice in the Jungle”

  5. “I wonder if the Church of England views them as some sort of wayward, lost, rebellious child.”

    Pretty much.

  6. @ Colin

    Pleased to see two Secretaries of State in post who respond to this by seeing children & patients as their main responsibility.
    Their Party is not leading ‘best for’ polling on either Education or Health though. YG runs a tracker which shows Labour leading for both these areas.

  7. AMBER

    Yes-I have to accept that……..and hope that it will change!

  8. Guardian / ICM Feb 2013

    Lab 41 (+3)
    Con 29 (-4)
    LD 13 (-2)
    UKIP 9 (+3)

  9. Steve

    “coour smoke”

    Alec is in the know about all matters pontiff and paypal.

  10. [Snip – AW]

    More to the point, some of those (competitive) parents who want their kids in the best school(s) don’t actually want everybody to get a good education. On the contrary, they want their little bundles to get a better education than the others. They want to get a head start.

    I’m not knocking it, but there it is. It’s my opinion that the Government should plan and govern on behalf of all the citizens (possibly especially in education) not just fast stream some. This seems to the policy of succesive Govenments…let the rich spend their money on their own kids’ education, and the poor can scrabble about.

  11. Guardian:

    After last month’s coalition proposals to shake up childcare provision, the gender breakdown of the vote will further worry the prime minister. Whereas among men Labour enjoys a 7-point lead over the Tories (36%-29%), among women it is 26 points (51%-25%).

  12. NEW THREAD!!!!!!!

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