Poll encouragement for Cameron


Published: Tuesday 10th March 2015 by The News Editor

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More voters think that their families and Britain as a whole will be better-off with David Cameron as prime minister than with Ed Miliband in charge, according to a new poll.

And the survey found that, while voters believed the Labour leader would be able to implement plans to raise taxes on the richest in society, there was more scepticism – including among his own party’s supporters – about his ability to push through other high-profile policies.

Some 69% of those questioned – including 47% of Labour supporters – said they did not think Mr Miliband would be able to break up big banks, while 57% – including 25% of Labour voters – said he would not succeed in keeping energy prices down.

The YouGov poll for the Westminster Policy Institute found that 26% of people believed Britain as a while would be better off with Mr Miliband as prime minister, compared to 39% for Mr Cameron.

When the same question was asked about their families’ position, some 35% thought they would be better off with Mr Cameron in charge, compared to 26% for Mr Miliband.

The only groups believing they would be better off under Mr Miliband than Mr Cameron were the unemployed (by a margin of 38% to 18%), 18-24 year-olds (by 31% to 25%) and students (by 34% to 31%). The only region which thought Mr Miliband more likely to deliver higher living standards than Mr Cameron was Scotland (by 26% to 20%).

Some 55% of those questioned believed Mr Miliband will increase the amount of income tax paid by the wealthiest people and 60% thought he would implement his plans for a “mansion tax” on homes worth over £2 million if Labour wins the election on May 7.

Some 31% said he would not be able to raise the top rate of income tax and 23% that he would not introduce the mansion tax, even if he wins power.

The director of Westminster Policy Institute, Nick Faith, said: “Ed Miliband has made a number of high-profile policy announcements over the past couple of years. While the majority of people think he will be able to increase taxes on the rich, it is clear that many people – including a number of Labour voters – do not think he will be able to break up the banks or freeze energy prices.”

:: The YouGov poll of 1,638 people for WPI was carried out in late February.

Published: Tuesday 10th March 2015 by The News Editor

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