Daily Mail Political Poll November 2015
Voting intention poll for the Daily Mail, including additional questions on the Autumn Statement, the police and public services

MAJORITY OF BRITONS OPPOSE TAX CREDITS CUT AND REDUCING POLICE NUMBERS

As George Osborne prepares to deliver the Autumn Statement this week, a new ComRes for the Daily Mail reveals significant opposition to a number of potential measures to reduce government spending.

Nine in ten Britons are opposed to reducing the number of police officers (89%). Six in ten (60%) oppose cutting tax credits for people who are in work, although a third (34%) supporting doing so. While around half of British adults (54%) support reducing spending on foreign aid there remain two in five (40%) who oppose a reduction. There is a split however on reducing the amount of money paid in benefits to unemployed people; 47% support this but 45% oppose.

Police and public services

Trust in the British police system is seemingly high, with more than four in five British adults (83%) agreeing that most police officers are trustworthy, and 68% saying they are confident that if they were a victim of crime the police would treat their case seriously. However, the majority of British adults rarely see police officers on the street in their local area (69%), and over four in five (82%) agree that Britain needs more police officers on the streets.

Eight in ten British adults say they are satisfied with the police service (79%); 19% are dissatisfied.

  • More than three-quarters of adults (78%) say they are satisfied with the NHS, with 31% saying they are very satisfied and just 21% saying they are dissatisfied
  • Most British adults are satisfied with schools (71%); 18% are dissatisfied.
  • Whilst three in five British adults are satisfied with the justice system (59%), more than a third of adults (36%) are dissatisfied.

Voting intention

  • The Labour Party are down four points since the last telephone poll for the Daily Mail last month, leaving them on 29% - 11 points behind the Conservatives on 40%.

Con      40% (+2)

Lab       29% (-4)

LD        8% (NC)

UKIP     11% (+1)

Green   3% (NC)

SNP      4% (+1)

Other   4% (NC)

Totals may not sum to 100% due to rounding.

 

Full Results:

 Q. The Chancellor George Osborne will deliver his Autumn Statement next week where he is expected to outline plans for reducing the amount of money the government spends. Do you support or oppose each of the following proposals as a way of reducing government spending?

 

  Support Oppose Don’t know
Reducing the number of police officers 9% 89% 3%
Cutting tax credits for people who are in work 34% 60% 7%
Reducing the amount of money paid in benefits to unemployed people 47% 45% 8%
Reduce spending on foreign aid 54% 40% 6%

Base: All respondents (n=1,000)

Q. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with each of the following?

  Net: Satisfied NET: Dissatisfied Very satisfied Fairly satisfied Fairly dissatisfied Very dissatisfied Don’t Know
The police service 79% 19% 21% 58% 13% 6% 2%
The NHS 78% 21% 31% 47% 12% 9% 1%
Schools 71% 18% 18% 53% 12% 6% 10%
Justice system 59% 36% 10% 49% 21% 15% 6%

Base: All respondents (n=1,000)

 Q. Do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?

  Agree Disagree Don’t know
I rarely see police officers on the street in my local area 69% 30% 1%
Most police officers are trustworthy 83% 14% 3%
We need more police officers on the streets 82% 16% 2%
I am confident that if I was a victim of crime the police would treat my case seriously 68% 29% 3%

Base: All respondents (n=1,000)

 

 

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Date Published
23rd November 2015
Client
Daily Mail
Methodology
ComRes interviewed 1,000 GB adults by telephone between 20th and 22nd November 2015. Data were weighted to be demographically representative of all GB adults. Data were also weighted by past vote recall. Voting intention figures are calculated using the ComRes Voter Turnout Model. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

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