Friday, December 11, 2009

BBC Poll Shows Tories Are Trusted on Economy

The Daily Politics will be worth watching today at noon.

The programme will publish the results of a poll which shows that Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling are less trusted to steer Britain's economy through the current downturn than David Cameron and George Osborne. The poll was conducted by ComRes following Alistair Darling's Pre-Budget Report on Wednesday.

33% of those polled said they trusted David Cameron and George Osborne most to steer Britain's economy through the current downturn compared with 26% saying they trusted Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling, a lead of 7% for David Cameron and George Osborne. In a similar poll conducted in April this year Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling had a lead of 3%.

The Liberal Democrats recorded their highest rating yet to this poll question with 16% of those questioned saying they trusted Nick Clegg and Vince Cable most. This compares with the April figure of 10%.

In the same poll 39% agreed with the statement that if the economy started to grow again before the next election it will be due mainly to the rescue package put in place by the government. This compares with 50% who disagreed with this statement.

That 39% figure is actually higher than I would have thought and will provide a crumb of comfort for Labour, but the turnaround in the headline figures of who is more trusted to run the economy will be very worrying for them.

UPDATE: The Times had a Populus poll this morning on a similar theme. "Nonetheless, overall trust in the Cameron/Osborne team to manage the economy has risen by five points since October to 46 per cent, the highest level since the question was first asked in August 2007. The Gordon Brown/Alistair Darling team has also improved by four points to 32 per cent, but now lags a record 14 points behind."


Anonymous said...

33% doesn't sound like a ringing endorsement to me

cassandra said...

Hardly a ringing endorsement for honest Dave and his cast iron promise to follow newlabours spend spend spend policies, ring fencing billions of pounds to third world despots and a cool billion to India to spend on nuclear subs, a million strong army and a space programme, yeah way to go there Dave! Yeah lets blow billions on a non exsistent global warming and more quango gravytrain places, what could possibly go wrong eh? Still at least honest Dave will have Peter Mandelson to advise him when Honest Dave invites the him to the top table, as Mandy will say soon, He has always felt comfortable with Daves brand of socialist conservatism.

The really stunning thing is how many people still trust those two cretins Brown & Darling to run the economy, where do they get these people from?

jojoko said...

In my district, the tories have been in power forever, but it's changing. Perhaps because fingers were caught in too many biscuit barrels resulting in the (Tory) leader of the council going to prison. Local politics can be just as nasty as Westminster and I believe the electorate has learnt to vote strategically and tactically, especially where there own interests are involved.

Dick Puddlecote said...

"26% saying they trusted Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling"

A damn good plot for a horror film, that. Tag-line: "They live among us"

Tom said...

Unlike other pollsters those BBC polls aren't weighed by previous voter intention and hence will always give a more favourable position to Labour than other pollsters. So in reality that is a damning indictment for Labour.

cassandra said...

The words BBC and poll should ring alarm bells, did they use their usual pollster of choice globescan?
You can always tell when the BBC is lying, they do a poll!

The multi billion pound tax funded empire fiddling polls and lying and cheating and engaging in partisan touting for its political friends? Naaah, perish the thought eh?

Anonymous said...

As other posters have said, 33% is not "trusted" - it's more like "distrusted least". Nothing to celebrate there.

Spinning should not be seen as spinning. That one was waaaaaaay too obvious.