New ComRes Budget poll reveals MPs’ inflation concerns
By Andrew Hawkins, Chairman

As the Chancellor prepares to deliver his Budget speech tomorrow, a new ComRes poll of 150 of Mr Hammond’s colleagues reveals concerns about creeping inflation and interest rate pressures.

 

The poll, conducted between mid-January and mid-February, found MPs divided over the prospects for economic growth over the next 12 months, while expectations over unemployment are relatively rosy.

 

  1. Do you expect each of the following economic indicators to improve, stay the same or get worse over the next 12 months?

 

Economic growth All % Con % Lab %
Improve 34 51 13
Stay same 34 43 28
Get worse 33 6 59
Inflation
Improve 6 9 2
Stay same 33 49 14
Get worse 60 42 85
Interest rates
Improve (ie lower) 8 9 8
Stay same 55 67 41
Get worse (ie higher) 36 23 51
Unemployment
Improve 35 56 11
Stay same 39 39 38
Get worse 24 6 48

 

Methodology: ComRes surveyed a representative sample of 150 MPs between 11 January and 23 February 2017 using online and self-completion postal questionnaires.  ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.  Full tables available here.

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