A majority of the public believes that the Conservative Party only represents the interests of the rich, according to a ComRes survey for The Independent.
The poll comes after Nick Boles, the Planning Minister and an ally of David Cameron, warned last week that “the single biggest problem the Conservative Party faces is being seen as the party of the rich.” Some 51 per cent agree with the statement that “the Conservative Party only represents the interests of the rich,” while 42 per cent disagree.
Almost one in five people (18 per cent) who voted Tory in 2010 agree with the statement, as do 10 per cent of current Conservative supporters. Women (54 per cent) are more likely to agree than men (47 per cent).
According to ComRes, the public do not trust either David Cameron or Ed Miliband to protect the National Health Service. The Labour leader (33 per cent) is trusted by slightly more people than the Prime Minister (30 per cent). Some 56 per cent do not trust Mr Miliband, giving him a net rating of minus 23 points. Some 61 per cent do not trust Mr Cameron, making his net rating minus 31 points.
Attempts by ministers to blame Labour for the problems in the NHS appear to have failed. Asked whether the present Government has a better record on the NHS than the previous Labour Government, 28 per cent agree but 57 per cent disagree.
Labour enjoys a five-point lead over the Conservatives, down from eight points a month ago. Labour is on 37 per cent (up one point on last month); the Tories on 32 per cent (up four points); the UK Independence Party on 11 per cent (down one point); the Liberal Democrats on nine per cent (down two points) and other parties on 11 per cent (down two points). These figures would give Labour an overall majority of 60.
Methodology Note: ComRes interviewed 1,002 GB adults by telephone between 22 -24 November 2013. Data were weighted to be demographically representative of all GB adults. Data were also weighted by past vote recall. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.