Public Trust Labour Not Tories on “Levelling Up”

We are told that Gove’s White Paper on the government’s flagship “Levelling Up” policy will be out on Wednesday. Ipsos Mori had some startling polling out on Friday suggesting that despite constant repetition of the “levelling up” mantra by ministers, the public trusts the Labour Party to deliver on levelling up three times as much as the Tory government (44% against 14%). Who could have predicted that the socialists would poll stronger on reducing inequality?

The tax-hiking Tories have lost their unique selling point under chancellor Rishi, the Labour Party has a double-digit lead when it comes to which party is more trusted on taxation. This is an historic switch and a strategic political failure. The Tories just about maintain their trust lead on growing the economy (37% versus 31%). Will that survive when inflation starts to bite?

Fundamentally the ‘levelling up’ slogan works better as a soundbite for the Labour Party better than it does for the Tories. To explain the policy in cakeist ideological terms; the Tories have traditionally focused on growing the cake bigger for everybody, not slicing the cake up more equally. Redistribution is a socialist strongpoint, trying to occupy their policy space risks losing leads on traditional Tory policy strengths. The Tories seem to already be paying a price for trying to out-tax and out-spend Labour… 

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Public Trust in Politicians Rises in 2021

The annual Ipsos MORI Veracity Index has been released for 2021, and against the odds, public trust in politicians has actually risen in the last 12 months. This year, a whopping 19% of the public say they trust both the government and politicians more widely, representing a four-point increase from 2020, and a return to the long-term trend after a two-year decline in the last two surveys. While Westminster will no doubt be overjoyed, it’s not all sunny skies: politicians are still among the five least trusted professions, alongside advertising executives, government ministers, business leaders and journalists.

The biggest drop this year, meanwhile, is with the police. Public trust in the force has nosedived by 8 percentage points, falling from 71% in 2020 down to 63% this year. Still, some good news for Guido: journalists managed to claw back five percentage points from a 2020 low, bringing their overall trust level back to its previous high of 28%. Merry Christmas…

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Tories Lose Poll Lead Amidst Paterson Crisis

The Tories have finally lost their poll lead in the wake of the Paterson lobbying drama – dipping below Labour for the first time in months. According to new data from Ipsos MORI, Labour are now ahead at 36% compared to the Tories 35%, with the Greens at 11% and the LibDems at 9%. That’s a 4 point drop for the Tories while Labour remain static; definitely a Tory loss rather than a Labour gain…

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Tories Regain Double Digit Lead Over Labour

According to IPSOS Mori, the Government’s net satisfaction has improved from -20 to -12, probably on the back of an improving economy and the opening up of society. No surprise, what is astounding is that 11 years into Conservative government the Tories (41%) are enjoying a double digit lead over Labour (30%) of 11 points. Starmer is just not making any progress…

This confirms YouGov detecting the same rise in Tory support yesterday. It looks like Labour’s brief closing in on the Tories was a blip.

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Optimism Index at 6 Year High

The sun is shining, the end of lockdown is in sight, Labour is polling on the floor. IPSOS Mori says Britons are more optimistic than have been since 2014

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Working Classes Most Worried About Day-to-Day Issues, Not “Climate Crisis”

You might think with the constant round-the-clock propaganda from Sky News and the BBC ahead of the COP26 conference, that people would be getting more concerned about the confected “climate emergency” and similar issues. According to Ipsos-MORI’s regular monthly polling, the little rising concern that there is about the environment and climate change is being driven by specific demographic subgroups within the wider population:

“It is a big issue for almost three in ten of those in social grades AB (28%), double the level of concern among social grade C2DE (13%)… Those living in the south of England and Scotland are more likely to mention these issues than those in the Midlands and north of England.”

There are no significant differences in environmental concern between Britons of different ages. Party strategists obsessed with voters in the Red Wall seats should note that they are the least interested in climate issues. Red Wall voters are primarily concerned about the pandemic, the economy, Brexit, and the NHS ahead of green issues.  It is a small minority of mostly better-off Southern voters who will vote to put up their electricity bills and force people to buy expensive electric cars.

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