The weekly YouGov poll for the Sunday Times is now up here, voting intention this week is CON 34%, LAB 38%, LDEM 9%, UKIP 12%. The boost in Labour’s lead from Syria that we saw last weekend was very short lived indeed. The increase in Ed Miliband’s ratings YouGov showed a week ago has also reversed. Despite Miliband arguably being closer to public opinion on Syria, Cameron is now seen as having responded to Syria significantly better than Miliband. 41% think Cameron responded well, only 27% think the same about Miliband.
Public opposition to British military involvement in Syria seems to be hardening if anything. 74% now think Parliament was right to block military action, up from 68%. People would also oppose the United States taking military action without us (by 47% to 25%), though if they do go ahead people would be happy for Britain to give them non-military support, such as allowing them to use British bases or sharing intelligence (although even here support is falling).
There were also brief questions on a couple of other subjects:
- 31% of people think Ed Miliband is too close to the Unions, down from 38% when YouGov asked in July.
- A large majority (70%) are opposed to Royal Mail privatisation
- There is quite an even split on the European Court of Human Rights – 41% of people think we should withdraw, 38% that we should remain members
- There is now a majority (55%) opposed to the HS2 plans, up from 45% when YouGov last asked (when the question had the lower £42bn cost estimate)
As well as the YouGov poll there was also a new Opinium poll in the Observer which had topline figures of CON 30%(+1), LAB 35%(-1), LDEM 7%(-1), UKIP 17%(-1), so again no obvious impact from the Syria events.