The weekly YouGov poll for the Sunday Times is up here and has topline figures of CON 31%, LAB 36%, LDEM 7%, UKIP 16%, GRN 5%. There are some questions on the political leaders (particularly Ed Miliband in advance of this week’s Labour conference), but they show the usual pattern – David Cameron is more trusted than Ed Miliband on the Conservatives’ strong issues like law and order and the economy, Ed Miliband does better on Labour’s strong issues like the NHS. Ed Miliband’s own ratings remain mediocre.

On the Scottish referendum 32% think David Cameron handled it well, 54% badly. 25% think Ed Miliband handled the referendum well, 48% badly. Asked about English devolution 71% of people thought that Scottish MPs should not be able to vote on issues that affect only England (including the majority of Scottish respondents in the poll), 15% of people thought they should. On the Barnett formula there was a predictable result – English respondents thought it should be scrapped and Scottish funding reduced, Scottish respondents that it shouldn’t.

Survation also had a poll out today and found similar levels of support for some sort of re-arrangement of the constitution for England: 65% said that Scottish MPs should by banned from voting on English laws at Westminster, 59% would support an English Parliament. There is a crucial caveat though – Survation also asked what the top priority should be for the government – 31% said immigration, 20% the economy, 9% jobs, 9% public services, 6% combating terrorism and down on 5% constitutional reform. Don’t look at polls showing large majorities supporting English votes on English Laws and assume it also means people think the issue is urgent or important. It only means support is widespread, not that people necessarily think it should be a priority.

455 Responses to “YouGov/Sunday Times – CON 31, LAB 36, LD 7, UKIP 16”

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  1. John, Cornwall and to some degree Devon do not depend on Bristol as the regional hub. In future this is likely to be Plymouth with its proposed rapid growth.

    Incidentally Cardiff and Sheffield are closer to London (by car travel time) than large parts of Cornwall are to Bristol.


    Good points. Thank you for correcting me. Plymouth it is then. Bristol for Somerset and Gloucester?
    EM at Conference today pretty much confirmed my reading of the intention of Labour to make regional devolution one of strengthening regional city hubs – and of shire and district councils in local planning and investment. I think they will score on a conservative retention of the status quo.

  3. Interested
    “Sheffield (is) closer to London (by car travel time) than large parts of Cornwall are to Bristol.”

    Aye. On a good day. On a bad day, it’s taken me longer to get from Sheffield city centre to the M1 than it does to fly from Manchester to Milan.

  4. I do wonder about commentators.

    Jenni Russell of the Standard on NN, on EM’s speech complaining that he was preaching to the converted. Talking to people who already support Labour.

    Has she looked at the polls? If Labour wins the support in May 15 of everyone who currently supports Labour, EM is in No10. It’s really that simple. And yet the people who are supposed to summarise things for us poor souls who don’t have time to think for ourselves[1], appear incapable of thinking for themselves.

    [1] I’ve silently raged about this for 20 years. When Max Hastings was editor of the Telegraph, he once said in an interview that his job was to do the thinking for people who were too busy to think. I swore when I heard that that I would never let myself get so busy that I relied on a Hastings to think for me.

  5. “Sheffield (is) closer to London (by car travel time) than large parts of Cornwall are to Bristol.”

    “Good points. Thank you for correcting me. Plymouth it is then.”

    It is worse than that – Penzance to Plymouth takes longer by car or train than Sheffield to London by train.

    Newcastle to London is quicker by train than Penzance is to Bristol by car or train.

    But it it is not proximity that creates a cohesive region. For example; the towns on the north coast of Wales are 4 hours travel time from Cardiff yet it is thought they make a better region than putting Leeds with Newcastle, just 1 1/2 hours apart.

    In fact the United Kingdom’s great industrial cities other than London are not very different from each other. The great division in England is between London and immediate environs and the remainder of the country divided between rural areas and the cities.

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