This morning’s YouGov poll for the Sun has topline figures of CON 33%, LAB 36%, LDEM 9%, UKIP 13%. Full tabs are here.

YouGov also asked specifically about the reshuffle for the Times. Usually reshuffles are essentially a lot of people the public have never heard of being replaced by a group of other people the public have never heard of. This reshuffle was at least unusual in that it involves some ministers – like Michael Gove and William Hague – who the majority of respondents will actually recognise and have an opinion about. YouGov found that the majority of people thought that Hague had done a good job as Foreign Secretary… and that Gove had done a bad one as Education Secretary. 63% of people, including a majority of Conservative voters, thought it was right to remove him from the Education role.

Asked about how well represented women are at the top of the Conservative party, 36% now say they are very or fairly well represented. That’s up from 29% at the start of the week, but is still well below the 48% who think women are well represented in the Labour party. Will it make any immediate difference? Probably not – in the months and years to come being less male-dominated will probably improve the Conservative party’s image a bit, but it’s certainly no magic bullet. You can see at the top of this post that today’s voting intention figures are wholly in line with those from before the reshuffle.


217 Responses to “YouGov/Sun – CON 33, LAB 36, LD 9, UKIP 13”

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  1. ” It may be that the ECHR is like the EU – something that people are against until they actually have to think about it.”

    And realise that it has no connection with the EU.

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  2. RogerH

    The British people just don’t understand why our – their- parliament is not soverieign. This is the fundamental issue with all matters European. Our democracy has survived intact because we , the people, have felt connected to the system. We can always throw the rascals out. Now, and especially in the past ten to fifteen years, the public have seen this change, and they don’t
    Ike it.

    It’s very difficult to argue that by us leaving the ECHR we would be losing our human rights…Mr Clegg’s point. We need take no lessons from the continentals in this regard. A thousand years of history shows us this.

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  3. have i logged on to UKDiatribe by mistake?

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  4. “RosieandDaisie

    No, that was a Ford motor car.

    We’re referring to the PM just after the war.”

    Daisie has only just found out who the current one is.

    She’s OANY WON you know.

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  5. Pressman,
    I suppose this depends whether there is a discernible recovery in the first place.
    If you have a substantial share portfolio you might have found your shares dropping like a stone recently.
    Do we have any reliable evidence of how much banks are lending to small
    businesses ?
    Just asking .

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  6. @Jasper22

    If people want our Parliament to be sovereign, they should be really concerned about the TTIP.

    If our Parliament chooses to take certain actions, these actions can be hindered by the decision a trade body above our Parliament (and as far as I know a body with near to zero democratic accountability).

    If someone really hates what the EU Parliament does, the only logical stance for them is to oppose TTIP.

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  7. Ann

    Its recovery of sorts but I accept that the average person is no better off. The agenda we will push and I make no apologies is blaming Labour wholly for the financial crises and stressing that wage rises are just around the corner.

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  8. @Jasper22

    Every treaty and international organisation, including NATO and the UN, involves some loss of sovereignty; nations pool it because they recognise a shared interest and mutual benefit.

    The ECHR dates from 1949-50, not ‘the past ten to fifteen years’. It was championed by Churchill and largely drafted by British lawyers under the guidance of David Maxwell-Fyfe, who prosecuted at Nuremburg. It draws on a British tradition of civil liberties and individual freedom in an attempt to ensure the horrors of the Second World War were not repeated. The UK signed it in 1950 and it’s something of which the UK can be rightly proud.

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  9. Meanwhile a Hong Kong company have won an important franchise on the
    railways.I feel this could be the defining moment in politics.Is EDM bold enough to nationalise the railways.Lots of polling support for this.
    To be a giant as Jasper says means taking on giant forces.

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  10. I thought this article interesting for those monitoring anti-EU opinion (I think most UKPR-ers are so interested).
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-28368567

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  11. Pressman,
    Actually I was not talking about the average person ,surely this needs definition,but about those with very large shareportfolios.Banks are not taking
    Any risks.This is a recovery built on sand.

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  12. Ann
    I think the answer to your question is ‘no, not a chance’ from what I have read. We must remember it’s only the running of the trains that is privatised and then only on short term contracts.

    The railways, land, buildings and pretty well everything that is fixed, is already in public ownership.

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  13. RogerH

    All duly noted and acknowledged re NATO, UN etc.

    My point re ECHR was this. Yes, we helped draft it but it was for the aftermath of WWII. It is no longer fit for purpose. The last 10/15 years has seen this magnified in both EU law and ECHR rulings.

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  14. IIRC there was some polling done about the ECHR by YG. Can anybody link to it or remember the most recent polling outcome for a question about the ECHR?

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  15. Howard,
    Thank you.But surely at the end of the day the running of the trains is the most
    Important bit!

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  16. New thread

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  17. “The railways, land, buildings and pretty well everything that is fixed, is already in public ownership.”

    One of the main problems with the present system is the fragmentation, not the ownership. A single private owner would in many ways be preferable to the current mess.

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