Public unclear of parties’ general election pledges according to new poll
Britons remain unsure about party manifesto pledges with only a week to go until the General Election, believing Conservative policies belong to Labour and vice versa, according to a new ComRes poll commissioned by the Whitehouse Consultancy.
More people (39%) believed the commitment to £8bn in new NHS funding belonged to Labour rather than appearing in the Conservative manifesto (35%), despite Ed Miliband and the shadow cabinet continually refusing to meet this funding commitment.
Only one in four (25%) recognised the pledge to cut the budget deficit every year of the next Parliament as being from Labour, despite Ed Miliband’s promise to put the commitment at the centre of his first budget. Nearly half of respondents (49%) thought the commitment had been made by the Conservatives.
Only 24% recognised the Labour Party’s plans to restrict migrants’ access to benefits to those that have lived in the UK for two years. More than half (53%) believed this was a Conservative policy.