ITV News Index - Public Sector Strike Poll

ComRes, on behalf of ITV News, interviewed 2,053 British adults online between 4th and 6th July 2014 about this week's public sector strikes.

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Date Published
08 Jul 2014

Further Description

 COMRES / ITV NEWS INDEX RESULTS:

 

PUBLIC SPLIT ON PUBLIC SECTOR STRIKES

 

Public sector strikes

·         The British public is divided about this week’s public sector strikes: as many people say workers are right to go on strike (40%) as say they are wrong to (41%).

·         People currently in work themselves are more likely to say that public sector staff are right to go on strike (42%) than say that they are wrong to (37%).

·         The majority of public sector staff think they are right to go on strike (59%), compared to a quarter who disagree (23%).

·         However, there is less support among private sector workers: 42% think that their public sector counterparts are wrong to go on strike compared to 37% who think that they are right to.

·         There is a clear division in opinion among different age groups: people aged 18-54 are more likely to think people are right to go on strike than wrong, while the reverse is true for people aged 55 and older. Opposition is particularly strong among the 65+ age group, with 61% saying public sector staff are wrong to go on strike, compared to only a quarter (26%) who say they are right to.

 

Q. Next week, many workers across the public sector including teachers, firefighters, civil servants, health workers and local council staff are going on strike over their pay. Do you think they are right or wrong to go on strike?

 

%

Right

40%

Wrong

41%

Don’t know

19%

Base: All GB adults (n=2,053)

 

METHODOLOGY NOTE 

ComRes interviewed 2,053 British adults online between 4th and 6th July 2014. Data were weighted to be demographically representative of all GB adults aged 18+. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

 

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