The full tables for the YouGov/Sunday Times poll are now up here, covering mainly the Beecroft recommendations and the monarchy.

On the regular leader approval ratings David Cameron is on minus 26 (up from minus 30 last week), Ed Miliband is on minus 23 (from minus 27 last week) and Nick Clegg is on minus 55 (from minus 56) – so Miliband remains above Cameron for a third week.

Other questions also show perceptions of Cameron falling slightly. His biggest weakness remains being seen as out of touch. Only 20% see him as in touch (down 3 since April), compared to 69% who see him as out of touch. The percentage seeing him as strong is down 2 points to 39%, the percentage seeing him as likeable is down 3 points to 39%. The coverage of him “chillaxing” however doesn’t seem to have had much purchase – only 33% say that he doesn’t work hard enough, compared to 39% who think he gets the balance right and 4% who think he works too hard.

Turning to business, there is a perception that Britain is less competitive than countries like Germany (70% see us as less competitive) and the USA (55% see us as less competitive), but people are evenly split on whether or not the government should be cutting regulations more. 33% think the government are cutting regulations too much, 34% think they should be cutting them more, 11% think the current balance is about right.

Asked about specific employment regulations around about a fifth of people support extending employment rights, with the rest split between supporting reductions or supporting the status quo. On maternity and paternity rights, 20% think they should be extended, 30% think they should be cut, 42% that the present balance is right. On dismissals, 17% think it should be harder for companies to sack workers, 39% think it should be easier, 33% think the current balance is about right. On anti-discrimination legislation, 15% think it does not go far enough, 36% that it goes too far and 36% that the present balance is about right.

On the politics of the issue, 25% of people think Vince Cable is too hostile to business, 25% that he gets the balance right and 14% think he is too pro-business. 36% of people, however, say they don’t know and the public’s perception is very much that the Conservatives, not Vince Cable, have the power when it comes to employment and business regulation. 59% of people think the Conservatives have more influence over business and regulation policy compared to only 9% who think the Liberal Democrats do.

I expect we will have an awful lot more polling on attitudes to the royal family and the monarch over the next week but to kick off there were some questions here on the jubilee and the monarchy. 56% of people now see the Queen as one of our greatest monarchs (up from 50% when YouGov asked the same question in February). 60% now think that the level of celebrations for the Jubilee are about right. 20% expect to attend a party, 52% expect to watch the royal flotilla.

Asked about Charles, 37% think he will make a good king, 37% do not – 44% think that Prince William should be the next King instead of Charles. William is also seen as the royal who has done most to improve their reputation since the death of Princess Diana.

158 Responses to “More from the YouGov/Sunday Times poll”

1 2 3 4
  1. @Colin – really don’t think it’s viable to argue that the government wants to reduce the influence of the BBC in favour of commercial operators. Apart from budget cuts that go way beyond a reason attempt to keep costs in check, they are ensuring things like online content is reduced.

    Every decision taken around all aspects of UK media has been bang in line with what Murdoch wants. Blair was supremely unruffled today, not because he is a smooth operator – it was purely and simply that he didn’t give anything away to Murdoch in policy terms. Where the Tory party will be left squirming is in the fact that they have done everything in their power to help NI, including attacking their competitors.

    One of the very saddest things about this governments attitude to the BBC is that it really is the best broadcaster in the world. And we have a government intent on damaging it in favour of a commercial organisation mired in criminal allegations and highly dubious management practices. Weird.


    Go look up an old fashioned grammar book!

  3. Anyone else see Stephen Glover on Newsnight? How he can claim with a straight face that the Daily Mail does not mix news stories with comment is beyond me. It can’t be that hard to separate news from comment, the FT manages it (the only newspaper I enjoy reading). It is simple to report with political stories:

    The Government is doing X
    The Government says this is because X, Y and Z
    The opposition says X, Y and Z

    Comment piece
    Commentator says what the hell he likes.

    I’ve given up reading the Guardian because I’ve experienced first hand that they spin stories to be anti the Tories. In my view that is stupid. There are a lot of things this Government is doing that you can attack without having to write stories claiming they’re doing something when they aren’t and attacking that “non” policy!

  4. I for one am happy to pay my £150 per year just to browse a quality website and view quality programs without adverts!
    The one thing I dont understand is the way the tv licensing authorities work, and their complete inadequacy to adapt to change.
    They send thousands (literally) of letters to every University campus in the UK, every year – surely they realise that most students make use of catch up services so they can watch programs on their own time frame, which exempts them from the need for a tv license. Which further begs the question – why are people allowed to use some of the services without buying a license (website, catchup tv). So archaic.
    Pretty tangential but hopefully apolitical and just a bug bear of mine!

  5. @GW

    “most students make use of catch up services so they can watch programs on their own time frame, which exempts them from the need for a tv license. ”

    No it doesn’t. Look at the iPlayer terms and conditions.

  6. @Robin

    Can you quote from the terms and conditions? I cant see such a clause and it would be contrary to most advice I have seen, and also the principle dictated by the TV licensing website:
    “If you don’t watch or record television programmes as they are being shown on TV, on any device, you don’t need a TV Licence. Here’s how you can let us know.”

    3.2.2 here (h ttp:// also implies that you only need a license if you are watching live TV.

    Im pretty sure Im correct, and Im also pretty sure the BBC should be changing their approach to this as its completely illogical.

    For a large amount of televised media (especially dramas) there is little incentive to watch live (you dont miss much by watching the next day…), yet there is still the cost of the production for the BBC….

  7. @GW

    The issue is that if you are using iPlayer (or 4oD) then you have equipment that is capable of viewing programmes live (through the live streams available for many programmes). Even if you usually time shift, watching even a small fragment of one live programme would mean that you need a TV licence.

    What is more, things like Sky+ receive the programme in real time, for playback later. A licence is required to *receive*, not to view.

  8. Robin – supposing you are correct, I think you may struggle to find a legal precedent – for a start, they may as well make the license fee integrated in smartphone contracts in that case, as well as any household with a home internet connection…

1 2 3 4