- The Conservative Party have gained four points since March and are now polling at 46%, 21 points ahead of Labour, who are on 25%.
- Three in ten (31%) 2015 General Election UKIP voters say they would now vote for the Conservative Party.
- Public opinion is split on whether President Trump’s decision to launch airstrikes following the chemical weapons attack in Syria was right or not (38% agree v 35% disagree).
- British adults are more likely to say that the British Government should not take military action against President Assad in Syria (42% disagree v 25% agree), however a third (33%) are unsure.
- Half of British adults (49%) agree that overseas students in Britain should be counted as part of overall Government immigration figures, compared to three in ten (30%) who disagree.
- Two in five British adults (41%) agree that there is a need for a new centre-ground political party in Britain. The majority of Liberal Democrat voters (58%) agree that there is a need for a new centre-ground political party in Britain, as do more than two in five Labour voters (43%), half of UKIP voters (47%) and over one third of Conservatives (35%).
The Labour Party
- There is majority support for several Labour Party policies among British adults, notably the raising of the minimum wage and of the top rate of tax (71% and 62% agree respectively).
- Do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?
|Overseas students in Britain should be counted as part of overall Government immigration figures||49%||30%||21%|
|North Korea is a bigger threat to world peace than the current crisis in Syria||46%||22%||32%|
|The Government has the best interests of Britain at heart in its foreign policy||43%||30%||27%|
|There is a need for a new centre-ground political party in Britain||41%||26%||33%|
|President Trump was right to launch airstrikes following the chemical weapons attack in Syria||38%||35%||26%|
|Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, is a hindrance to the Government’s foreign policy objectives||37%||32%||31%|
|The situation in Syria would be better now if Britain and other Western allies had used military force in 2013||31%||27%||42%|
|The Government should take military action against President Assad in Syria||25%||42%||33%|
Base: All respondents (n=2,029)
- Half of Conservative (50%) and UKIP (48%) voters agree that President Trump was right to launch airstrikes following the chemical weapons attack in Syria, compared to three in ten Labour voters (30%).
- Older adults (aged 65+) are twice as likely as 18-24 year olds and 25-34 year olds to agree that North Korea is a bigger threat to world peace than the current crisis in Syria (63% vs 30% and 28% respectively).
- 18-24 year olds are least likely to agree that overseas students in Britain should be counted as part of overall Government immigration figures (34%, compared to more than half of those aged 65+ (56%).
- To what extent, if at all, do you agree or disagree with each of the following Labour Party / Jeremy Corbyn policies?
|Statement||LABOUR PARTY||JEREMY CORBYN|
|Agree||Disagree||Don’t know||Agree||Disagree||Don’t know|
|To raise the minimum wage to £10 an hour by 2020 (from £7.50 now)||71%||18%||11%||68%||21%||11%|
|To raise the top rate of income tax from 45p on the pound to 50p on incomes over £150,000 a year||62%||22%||16%||65%||22%||13%|
|Free school meals for all children, paid for by introducing VAT on private school fees||53%||35%||12%||52%||36%||13%|
|Set up a £500bn national investment bank using £350bn of Government money||26%||28%||46%||26%||33%||42%|
Base: All respondents (n=2,029) ComRes adopted a split sample approach to this question, with half of respondents seeing the policies attributed to the ‘Labour Party’ and half to ‘Jeremy Corbyn’.
- Association with Jeremy Corbyn appears to have little impact on the public’s perceptions of the Labour Party’s current policy agenda:
- For example, 71% of adults agree with the minimum wage policy attributed to Labour, compared to 68% who agree with the policy attributed to Jeremy Corbyn.
- Raising the minimum wage to £10 an hour by 2020 has cross-party support, with majorities of voters of each of the main parties agreeing with the policy.
- More than four in five of Labour voters (88%) and seven in ten UKIP voters (71%) agree. A majority of Conservative also support the policy (51%).
- The majority of Conservative voters (57%) disagree with introducing free school meals for all children by introducing VAT on private school fees. The majority of adults who say they will vote for the other main parties – including UKIP (51%) – agree with this policy.
- More than two in five British adults (44%) say they don’t know whether they agree or disagree with setting up a £500bn national investment bank using £350bn of Government money, compared to 13% or less for the other policies tested. This suggests a lack of knowledge or clarity surrounding the policy among a significant minority of Britons.
- The Labour Party policies tested are popular amongst those who are not sure who they will vote for if there was a General Election tomorrow. For example seven in ten of unsure voters (71%) agree with the increase in the minimum wage by 2020 (as do 69% of British adults overall).
The Conservatives enjoy a 21 point lead over Labour.
One in six General Election 2015 Lib Dem voters (15%) say they would now vote for the Conservative Party.
Con 46% (+4)
Lab 25% (NC)
LD 11% (-1)
UKIP 9% (-1)
SNP 4% (-1)
Green 4% (NC)
Other 2% (NC)