This week’s results for the YouGov/Sunday Times poll are online here. Topline voting intention stands at CON 32%, LAB 43%, LDEM 12%, UKIP 9% – so very much in line with the typical YouGov Labour lead of about 10 points. There’s no sign of any remaining effect from the EU referendum pledge here.


Almost three quarters of people blame food manufacturers (26%) or meat processors (46%) the most for the horsemeat scandal, rather than retailers (11%) or the government (6%). While a majority of people think that there is more the government could be doing to keep the food chain secure, broadly speaking the government is seen to have handled the horsemeat scandal well – 47% say they have handled it well, 39% badly.

68% of people do not think there is any actual health risk from horsemeat getting into the food chain and 37% say that, if it was properly sourced, they would be prepared to eat horsemeat.

Relatively few people say that they will substantially change their behaviour as a result of the horsemeat scandal – only 5% say they might change which supermarket they use to they buy their groceries, only 13% that they will reduce the amount of meat or beef that they will buy. However, a third of people say that they will reduce the amount of *processed* meat they will buy. In reality all these are likely to be gross overestimates: it is much easier to say in a survey that you will change your behaviour than it is to do so in real life – in practice most people will probably continue as usual.

Eastern European Immigration

On the general principle of the freedom to work and live anywhere within the European Union, 33% of people think it is a good thing, 56% a bad thing.

On balance immigration from western European countries like France and Germany is seen as a positive thing (39% think it has had a positive effect on Britain, 16% a negative effect, 31% neither). Immigration from Eastern Europe and from outside the European Union are both seen as having had a negative effect on Britain by a majority of respondents.

70% of people think that the rules on immigration into Britain from the EU should be tougher, almost the same as the 73% who think the rules on immigration into Britain from outside the EU should be tougher. On the specifics of the extension of the right to live and work across the EU to Bulgarian and Romanian citizens, 20% of people think there is no problem with this and Britain should welcome them, 19% think it will have a negative impact on Britain but we have no choice but to meet our legal obligations, 48% think Britain should limit the right of Bulgarian and Romanian citizens to live and work in Britain, even if it means breaking the law.


There is little support for fox hunting being legalised. Only 23% want to see the ban lifted, compared to 65% who would like it to remain. This includes 50% of Conservative voters.

29% of people who describe the area they live in as “urban” say the number of foxes in their local area has increased in recent years, but the overwhelming majority, 92%, say that they have never been attacked or felt threatened by a fox. Nevertheless there is significant minority support for a cull of urban foxes – 38% would support a cull, but 41% would oppose it.

Long term care and inheritance tax

52% of people say they support the government’s plans on capping the cost of long term with only 21% opposed. 50% of people say that it is right that the plans to reduce inheritance tax were shelved to fund the long term plans, 26% would rather they had been funded in some other way.

Asked a straight choice of whether they’d prefer inheritance tax to be reduced, or the cost of long term care to be reduced, far more people choose the later – 57% to 18%. This is particularly the case for older voters, people over the age of 60 say they would prefer a cut to long term care costs over a reduction in inheritance tax by 66% to 13%


Finally, 76% of people support the principle of withdrawing benefits from unemployed people who refuse to work. On the more specific recent court case, 55% of people think the government should be able to withdraw benefits from unemployed people who refuse to do unpaid work experience, 34% think they should not.

361 Responses to “YouGov/Sunday Times – CON 32, LAB 43, LD 12, UKIP 9”

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  1. @ Paul C

    Awesome poem – So good that Anthony has felt forced to compete for attention & he’s started a NEW THREAD!!!

  2. PAUL

    er: “blessed” ????????????????
    Their role in ife seems to be to try and make everyone else feel like a duffer.

    Blessed? Well it would be quite handy to be able to handle stuff like nuclear engineering. If only….

    But one might feel the same duffer thing when you talk about preparing for another concert though. Just debate can make one feel that way, because people often come up with new info or an alternative analysis to make one think, or change or modify one’s views. Though I see it as a good thing…

  3. carfrew

    merci mais je ne pas trop serieux.

    its how i cope with the exigencies of life – and a bit of chronic pain.

  4. Now look here everybody – when I cracked a gag about Jewish atheists I really didn’t expect you lot to divert onto all manner of quantum discussions about mass, angels, and how many badgers equate to an infected cow traveling at the speed of light.

    I dunno – I go off to the pub for a couple of lunchtime pints and all hell breaks loose.

  5. @hal – re the warning from Ofgem on power supplies. This has been coming for a long, long time. There is still time to build gas fired stations, but only just. There is probably going to be a real electricity crunch soon, especially if the economy starts to pick up at any kind of speed, and it will be another example of how the private sector can’t deliver these kind of strategic goods, and how regulators need to get far more involved in long term planning, as opposed to mere oversight of contract arrangements.

  6. @RiN

    The total energy and momentum of the earth system thingie, distorts the shape of spacetime so things are compelled to fall to earth. Including angels one would have thought. Though I think they may have wings and stuff. ..

    merci mais je ne pas trop serieux


    Ja, das ist kool. Ne pas de probleme. Nein biggie. ..

  8. PAUL
    “It all sounds very dangerous to me, plus, an infinite number of pins MUST have weight as wel as pointiness.”

    I think it is time to get serious. The point about the pointiness of pins is that they end in nothing. Otherwise they would not be pointed, but flat-ended or blunt. Moreover, angels, whether an infinite number or not, dance (of course Amber is right on this, otherwise they would lose momentum and gyroscopic balance and FALL OFF! And, moreover, would not have mass.
    You can figure this out, if you have a scientific mind – no need for algebra – if you recognise that the whole idea of an infinity of angels on a pin head, is the infinity bit. If their being there depended on somebody holding the pin and placing them there one by one the whole experiment, equal as it is to the Boson particle thing, would demonstrably be ridiculous, and God (and his angels just be a load of old cobblers. ( Do not, by the way, be fooled by NICKP’s attempt to introduce the question of Latin into the serious discussion of mass, which CARFREW has several times, I notice, attempted to explain. Don’t worry about the letters. It is a kind of code which he will explain in due course). Anyway, it is all to do with whether, never mind whether you are Jewish or Catholic not, God knows or cares about how many angels can be permitted to dance on a pinhead, and if so, do they know about and believe in the God who provided this possibility for them. In other words, are there any Atheist angels, and if so, are they only on pinheads, and are Atheist because, they think, they would be in Heaven. Hope that helps.

  9. important to get the wording right – otherwise they would be in heaven.

    The real injustice in this debate, as MiM would tell you, is that noone is thinking about the b–dy angels, who have to do the dancing. Without pay, and, and if they happen to fall off…’s so unfair.

  10. JP

    All is clear now.

    Ta very much on behalf of angels everywhere.

  11. Probably a bit late to join the debate, but I find the different views on immigration from western Europe like “France and Germany” and eastern Europe quite funny.

    Many aspects of life Germany mirror eastern Europe closer than France or Britain (esp. food, also drink, manners). And many Germans have Slavic ancestors that were Germanised over the centuries (note Berlin, Leipzig and Dresden are all names of Slavic origin, and there is still a Slavic minority in some parts of Germany) or have come to Germany from eastern Europe in the last century are (e.g. Podolski, Klose).

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