Voters Don’t Trust ‘Em, Say Sod ‘Em

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If you want an illustration of just how low trust in politicians is nowadays, Anthony Wells’ UK Polling Report has a classic example from last week:

I mentioned some YouGov polling about which taxes would rise under a Labour or Conservative government, conducted before Prime Minister’s Question time, Cameron ruling out a VAT rise and Ed Balls ruling out an NI rise. YouGov repeated those questions in this poll to see if they had changed. At the start of the week, 31% of people thought VAT would rise if the Conservatives won.

Following David Cameron ruling out a rise in VAT, this is now… 32%. At the start of the week 39% of people expected national insurance to rise if Labour won, but since Ed Balls ruled it out, that has changed to… 40%. A lovely illustration of how much of the politicians’ arguments, exchanges and pledges make not the slightest difference to public opinion.

Savour that. After the Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury, the Right Honourable David Cameron and the Right Honourable Ed Balls both solemnly promised not to raise specific taxes, the public now believes they are actually more likely to do it. This is why, in Guido’s opinion, Nigel Farage is on to something with the vote winning campaign slogan: “Sod the lot. Vote UKIP”

ComRes ITV/Mail Poll Settles Tory Nerves

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After the YouGov poll on Sunday showing a 4% lead for Labour post-Paxman Tory nerves were frazzled. This morning ComRes has it; Con 36%, Lab 32%, Lib 9%, UKIP 12%, Green 5%.

That will settle Tory nerves…

Douglas Alexander Responds to ICM/Guardian Snap Poll Giving It 54% v 46% for Cameron

YouGov calls it for Dave too…

How Would Party Leaders Spend Friday Night?

Lord Ashcroft’s focus group is back, this time asked how they think each party leader would spend a free Friday night:

Cameron: “get a helicopter to Cornwall” with Sam and the kids, or go “to his club” to engage in “mildly inappropriate banter with Conservative MPs and eight bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon”

Farage: go to the pub, possibly after a spot of fishing, or “to a French restaurant with his German wife to complain about immigration”

Clegg: would take his wife and children ten-pin bowling, or stay in with them to watch Great British Bake Off

Miliband: if he did not have a “posh dinner party” planned, would be playing with the train set some suspect he has in his loft, or spend the time “reading the opinion polls for something to grab onto”

But how many lofts does Ed have?

Tories Maintain Lead in “Gold Standard” 36% Poll

Looks like that Green surge has turned into a Green slump and the votes have gone back to Labour.

Labour up though in Guardian ICM.

 

Ashcroft Focus Group Tell Leaders to Go Back to School

The Ashcroft focus group is back and this time his Lordship has asked which job would each party leader be best suited to outside of politics:

Cameron: “a headmaster, or a company director in charge of things”

Farage: “a pub landlord, and a good one at that, or would run his own small but successful business”

Clegg: “probably something administrative or perhaps a supermarket store manager”

Miliband: “university professor”

Former Harvard lecturer Miliband shouldn’t have quit the day job…

Blue Dawn: Is Lynton’s Late Swing Starting?

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Is that tiny blue uptick on the right hand edge of this graph the first sign of the long awaited swing to the Tories reportedly forecast by Lynton Crosby? This is the six month rolling 5 day average of all the pollsters* – based on UK Polling Report data. The uptick is a result of the last seven YouGov polls showing three Tory leads, three draws and only one Labour lead. Pollster Anthony Wells reckons “something may indeed be afoot”…

Tonight’s YouGov/Sun poll is awaited, more eagerly than usual, for confirmation of a trend. Blip or shift?

UPDATE 22:30: False dawn, maybe?

*Ashcroft, ComRes, ICM, Ipsos-Mori, Opinium, Populus, Survation, TNS-BMRB and YouGov.

Ashcroft Scottish Marginal Polling Presentation

537 Pollsters, Academics and Journalists Call the Election

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The Political Studies Association has asked 465 academics, 45 journalists and 27 pollsters to predict the election outcome and they concluded:

Our inaugural expert survey points towards a tight election, in which Labour is marginal favourite to come out ahead

[…]

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Survation: Farage 11 Points Ahead in Thanet

A much-needed boost for UKIP after previous polls showing Farage trailing in the seat…

UPDATE: Andrew Cooper, boss at rival pollsters Populus and late of Downing Street, says Survation has screwed up the data:

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POLL: Should Rifkind Resign From Intelligence Select Committee?

Should Sir Malcolm Rifkind stand down to spend more time with the lifestyle to which he aspires?[…]

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Green Party Surge is Cashless

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According to the Electoral Commission the parties received donations totaling:

  • Conservative Party – £8,345,687
  • Labour Party – £7,163,988
  • Liberal Democrats – £3,038,500
  • UK Independence Party (UKIP) – £1,505,055
  • Green Party – £248,520

Which means the Green surge is cashless, Labour […]

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