The weekly YouGov/Sunday Times results are now online here. Voting intention is CON 31%, LAB 39%, LDEM 10%, UKIP 13%. The leader ratings are Cameron minus 18 (up from minus 25 last week, and his best rating for a couple of months – perhaps on the back of statesmanlike coverage at the G8), Miliband minus 33 (from minus 35 last week) and Clegg minus 52 (unchanged). The rest of the poll largely covered the NHS and education.

58% of people don’t trust the NHS much, if at all, to be to open about its standards, a drop from last weekend as cover-up stories continue to come out. Neither are people confident that the rules will be changed to stop future cover ups.There is widespread support for the sacking of staff found to be involved in cover ups (88%), their criminal prosecution (71%), and slightly less so for stripping them of their pensions (54%).

Labour continue to have a narrow lead as the most trusted party on education, 26% to the Tories’s 22%. Michael Gove’s approval rating stands at minus 27%, and his flagship policy of free schools is supported by only 29% of people (38% are opposed and 33% don’t know). The balance of opinion is that British schools are worse than those in other western countries, and that standards have dropped over the last three years. In contrast most people think our universities are equal (33%) or better (31%) than those in other western countries, though a majority (63%) think that tuition fees do not represent value for money.

179 Responses to “YouGov/Sunday Times – CON 31, LAB 39, LD 10, UKIP 13”

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  1. Sensational Alex (sorry couldn’t resist)

  2. @ Alex Harvey

    I’m genuinely pleased to read that your efforts have got a result. Well done & all best wishes that your job grows into a rewarding career opportunity for you. :-)

  3. @ Paul C

    I never mind people being silly; actually, some of best friends are silly ;-)

  4. Alec (back to badgers)

    With respect, I live in the SW and unfortunately get Plymouth TV. I am totally sick of badgers, foxes, farmers, fisherman, county shows, cornish rowing contests…..

    These ‘activities’ account for less than 3% of the SW economy but we get them thrust down our throats every day on Plymouth BBC and ITV crap local TV, as though they had the slightest importance. Well, I don’t any longer, as I just rely on the internet. It’s just lazy TV journalists providing ‘down your way’ type reportage.

    Good to hear your news.

  5. Amber

    @ Paul C

    I never mind people being silly; actually, some of best friends are silly ;-)

    Mmm… I think being sensible – like wot I am – should be compulsory. Anyway I was quoting ole sine nomine but you were obviously not clever enough to spot that.

  6. @Raf

    Fwiw YouGov/ST did ask about Snowden the other week:

    What do people say?

    “In practice” the security services probably have access to more or less everything (or a great deal) about us regardless of the legal ins and outs.

    The should have new powers? Con/LD: yes/maybe. Lab… on balance no.

    Snowdon was right to leak confidential information. Should he be prosecuted? Lab/LD: no. Con: maybe/maybe not.


    Writers on surveilance issues tend to say that people are aware of the extent of what goes on, but they don’t like to talk about… it’s a private/secret thing. What UKUSA gets up to is at the back of people’s minds – easier to talk about what is in the forefront, overweening unelected Bruxelles bureaucrats for example.

  7. Alex Harvey
    Congratulations! Today we have just started to employ ten new warehouse staff and a a new salesman. Coincidense is an amazing thing or is there something special about Monday 24th June.

  8. @Alex

    Excellent news! Go on, spill: what’s the job?


  9. I set appointments for salesmen; sounds unglamorous, but today I made £[indecent] and was told I broke the record for a new guy :D

  10. Great article by Jeff Randall in The Telegraph today. Gives some good examples of the rising cost of social/welfare provision over time. Was under 10% of Govt spending when Atlee was about. It’s now 30% and rising. Not too different around the NHS, under 10% to 20%+ and rising fast. Anybody who says we don’t need to have sensible debates about how we fund and control these in the long term is just passing the buck on to the next generation…

  11. We could start the sensible debate Jeff Randall wants by asking how much more tax the likes of Jeff Randall might reasonably be asked to pay.

    Alternatively, given that this is supposed to be a polling site, we could do nothing of the kind.

  12. Thanks @Billy Bob

    There was a fascinating comment today from Dick Cheney, who maintains that he orchestrated the current NSA programmes under GWB. He claims that in around 2009, he asked Congress (i think it, was the Senate Intelligence and Security Committee) whether the progrsmmes needed further oversight by Congress, and that the Committee unanimously denied this was neccessary, fearing that the seeking,of, that,approval would lead to a leak of, the details of the programmes.

    We have to ask ourselves that if people are genuinely relaxed about the programmes and knew they were being constantly monitored by their own security agencies, why these same agencies and their regulators were so afraid about the details of the programmes entering the public domain, and have been so incensed that Snowden’s leaks have apparently weakened the state’s ability to fight terrorism.

  13. Jeff Randall doesn’t want a sensible debate, if he did then he would compare times when we had similar economic policies and demographics(admittedly there has never been a similar demographic in history)

  14. Rich

    Here is the welfare component

    I think some of the rise that your hero alludes to may very much be linked to increase in pension expenditure – aging population and all that. Shall we cut pension provision – opportunity for the Tories – or will thy not attack their favourite demographic.

    One of the issues is the definition of ‘welfare’

    Also, just post-war defence spending was up at around 10% and I thought we would be glad to see a move away from killing people to healing them (again ageing population and increased healthcare inflation)

    So what are your plans for cutting health and pensions then?

  15. oh and forgot to say that public expenditure as % of GDP is not that different than back in the 50s and it just seems priorities are changing

    Would prefer more to be spent on education though I must say – still some way to go on cutting defence down to the German level – we could stop fighting wars and being so keen on being in the big boys nuclear club

  16. Do the Americans spell coincidence as ‘coincidense’? I just wonder if our contributors have the wrong spelling checker (or why they need them anyway).

    ‘I definately think it is there fault’.

    Some of the sites, which i access, have more schoolboy howler content than English in the contributions.

    Does this matter politically?

  17. Or we could just exterminate everyone over 70, that should do the trick

  18. Howard

    I need a spell checker cos I’m really crap at spelling, you can not imagine how bad I am at spelling, even with a spell checker I often have to give up and use a bunch of smaller words instead

  19. As well as the Jeff Randall article, I also read a couple of articles from The Guardian app I have on my phone on the train this morning. One was in the comments section and was strongly anti-privatisation, the other was heavily critical of Jeremy Hunt. Perhaps I should have referenced these so a few of the usual suspects could lap it up. :-)
    Seriously though, I can’t apologise for liking Randall, I think he is excellent, and much prefer him as a business pundit to Peston. Also, lets not forget EM announced a change in policy for an effective benefits cap last week?

  20. and perhaps keeping to polling, it still looks like we are in the 6-8% Labour lead territory. Agree it’s going to take something impressive for Tories to get back to above mid 30s, but we do still have 23 months left.
    One thing I will say, is that whilst I thought Cameron was spot on with fixed term parliaments to take out the politics of calling elections and tactical advantage it can give incumbents, I do think 5 years was too long. 4.5 max for me.

  21. @RAF

    Dick Cheney… towards the end of his time in office Time/CBS were beginning to ask openly whether he had created a “fourth branch of government” that was not subject to any laws.
    Journalists commented on the fact that he was rarely seen in public… did he spend months on end in a bunker?

    It now quite safe to speak about how Iraq was Blair’s fault… but you can count on the fingers of one hand (Robin Cook, Elizabeth Wilmshurst, Katherine Gun, plus some guy in the Navy) the number of people in HM’s govt, security services, civil service, infact anyone in a uniform or public office of any kind who were prepared to step out of line at the time.

  22. Rich
    ‘4.5 instead of 5’.

    :-) :-)

  23. Billy Bob
    Mrs H and i identified very early on who was the real ‘Guv’ of the USA. I don’t know what he had over the incumbent titular heads that made that so, but possibly a similar power that J Edgar Hoover had. A real nasty piece of work, that one.

  24. @ Paul C

    Anyway I was quoting ole sine nomine but you were obviously not clever enough to spot that.
    LOL :-)

  25. @RICH
    “One thing I will say, is that whilst I thought Cameron was spot on with fixed term parliaments to take out the politics of calling elections and tactical advantage it can give incumbents, I do think 5 years was too long. 4.5 max for me.”


    Yes, how very noble of him. Couldn’t possibly have been to help ensure he’d be in power for five years and stop the Library Dems breaking ranks early, given they ALSO messed with the threshold for a confidence vote.

    Oh, and two year terms for me, thanks.

    Ps Good show Alex…

  26. Library Dems, lol…

  27. I like the 5 year terms but I think there should be an annual referendum on the budget with new elections if the govt can’t pass the budget in two votes

  28. LeftyLampton,

    My dogmatism is that I don’t want people to have to live in accordance with my dogmatic vision for what town centres should be like. Power to the people and all that.

  29. Becoming a habit – latest YG

    CON 32%, LAB 39%, LD 9%, UKIP 12%; APP -34

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