As the Green Party gathers for its conference in Liverpool this weekend, the latest poll conducted by ComRes for ITV News reveals that it is the party most likely to be associated by the British public as ‘idealistic’ (41%) and ‘amateurish’ (35%). By comparison, UKIP is seen as ‘amateurish’ too (36%), but also ‘dangerous’ (46%).
Only one in ten (9%) British adults associate the Green Party with the phrase ‘a serious party of Government’, compared to a quarter (24%) who associate the Liberal Democrats with this. A quarter (26%) connect the Greens with the phrase “fluffy”.
Britons are more likely to associate the Green Party with the phrases ‘A party of the future’ (21%) or ‘appealing’ (18%) than they would associate with the Liberal Democrats (9% and 11% respectively).
Turning to their policies, the Green Party sees widespread support (78%) for increasing the use of renewable energies, as well as for restricting the development of new supermarkets (47%).
However there is opposition to a number of its more controversial proposals. More people oppose (40%) than support (36%) the idea of a Citizen’s Income and there is more widespread opposition (49%) to reducing speed limits on urban roads and deliberately trying to reduce the size of the British economy in order to reduce the consumption of natural resources (41%).
Q: Which of the following words and phrases do you think applies to the Green Party, the Liberal Democrats and UKIP?
|A party of the future||21%||9%||23%|
|A serious party of government||9%||24%||16%|
|None of these||19%||21%||14%|
Base: All GB adults (n=2,013).
Q: Do you support or oppose each of the following possible future Government policies?
|Deliberately trying to reduce the size of the British economy in order to reduce the consumption of natural resources||23%||41%||37%|
|Reducing the standard speed limit on urban roads from 30mph to 20mph||35%||49%||16%|
|Restricting the development of new supermarkets||47%||27%||26%|
|Introducing a “Citizens Income”, giving every single person in the country £72 per week irrespective of their working status or income||36%||40%||23%|
|Increasing the use of renewable energies||78%||9%||14%|
|Restricting the building of new football stadiums||37%||30%||33%|
|Seeking ways of reducing the size of the human population||46%||26%||28%|
Base: GB adults (n=2,013).