Some interesting UK poll results

December 6th, 2012 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

Some interesting results from a You Gov poll in the UK:

  •  48% support tax reductions for businesses with 33% opposed
  • Only 19% support tax reductions for high earners
  • Only 3% support the planned 5% increase in the EU budget
  • 57% support a referendum being held on UK membership of EU
  • 49% would vote to leave the Eu and only 32% would vote to stay
  • 46% want the UK in an EU that is a free trade area only, 19% want the EU as it is, and 26% want the UK completely out of the EU
  • 63% say prisoners should not be able to vote, and only 17% say those serving sentences of less than four years should be eligible to vote
  • 78% say the Church of England should allow female Bishops, with 10% against only
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12 Responses to “Some interesting UK poll results”

  1. Dave Stringer (183 comments) says:

    So the only things with majority support (in this poll) are
    – Holding a referendum on membership in the EU,
    and
    – Withdrawing the franchise from prisoners,
    and
    – Consecrating female Bishops in the CofE

    Interesting.

    I wonder what the same questions (adjusted as required – e.g. integration with Australia rather than the EU,) would deliver here?

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  2. James Stephenson (2,024 comments) says:

    @Dave S – it’s not “withdrawing” the franchise from prisoners. Prisoners do not have the vote in the UK, the European Court of Human Rights is trying to tell the UK that such a ban is illegal, and there is obviously strong support for the Government stance that it’s non of the ECHR’s business.

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  3. Longknives (4,454 comments) says:

    Murderers, rapists and other criminal scum should not be allowed to vote.

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  4. Mark (1,360 comments) says:

    Dave Stringer (106) Says:
    December 6th, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Those in favour of retaining higher taxes for the well paid is fairly overwhelming. I suspect the result would be the same here if a poll asked the same question regarding tax both top rate and the company tax rate.

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  5. hmmokrightitis (1,508 comments) says:

    Mark, Im not so sure. The prevailing mood in the UK at the moment, and for a while, is that there is more more avoidance AND evasion amongst high income earners and the wealthy than there is here, and given the appalling state of their economy, those people become natural targets.

    And as for “78% say the Church of England should allow female Bishops, with 10% against only” given the church was formed so a rogue King could marry with impunity, they dont really have a moral leg to stand on :) But said king would be rolling in his grave that, in his opinion, chattels like women could be ordained :)

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  6. Redbaiter (7,615 comments) says:

    “Murderers, rapists and other criminal scum should not be allowed to vote.”

    C’mon, it would be very unfair to completely disenfranchise the left.

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  7. Tautaioleua (282 comments) says:

    Queen Elizabeth freed prisoners to defend the English coast from the Spanish armada. If our prisoners aren’t defending our coast, I see no reason why they are/or should be entitled to a vote.

    As a citizen it is your duty and responsibility to adhere to the rule of law. A prison sentence means you failed to do so and therefore waver your entitlements as a citizen.

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  8. SPC (5,392 comments) says:

    The UK is to increase benefits and tax credits and child benefit to working families by 1% less than the rate of inflation – this for the next 3 years.

    In his statement, Mr Osborne confirmed it would take longer to clear the country’s debts than he previously thought – and this means the spending cuts will go on for longer than planned.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-20621313

    Weaker than expected wage growth is the reason for an increase in the budget deficit over forecast

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10852235

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  9. Ed Snack (1,737 comments) says:

    SPC, using ordinary English language usage, the UK has had absolutely no cuts at all. Quite the opposite, what they have had is a relatively minor reduction in the rate of increase in spending. So when Osborne talks of “spending cuts” he means he won’t pour as much extra money into the various sinkholes.

    And when the general populace gets to vote on who will be a bishop, then they have some rights to pontificate on whether women can be bishops. Frankly I don’t think that anyone but the church should have a say, and if they chose to stay male only, those who object should leave and form their own church, or change it by the rules. I bet most would support female Imams as well, and the odds on that are…

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  10. krazykiwi (9,189 comments) says:

    >> Only 3% support the planned 5% increase in the EU budget
    >> 57% support a referendum being held on UK membership of EU
    >> 49% would vote to leave the Eu and only 32% would vote to stay

    It’s not a wonder when …

    Euro blueprint gives Brussels economic sovereignty over members

    Eurozone countries would lose the right to set their own budgets and end up surrendering economic sovereignty to Brussels under a blueprint to “complete” the European Union’s single currency.

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  11. ChardonnayGuy (1,133 comments) says:

    Can’t say I’m surprised about the female bishops. Thank Gaia the local Anglicans are mostly sane and sensible over issues like female episcopal leadership and LGBT ordination.

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  12. SPC (5,392 comments) says:

    The vote on the female bishops within the church resulted in the church clergy being in favour but the church laity being opposed.

    While some claim that the decline in participation of the Church of England only made it stronger, maybe it simply made it more reactionary/conservative/precious/more Catholic.

    Thus the irony that the church can be headed by an atheist/agnostic/deist/Jew/Moslem etc and only a Catholic is excluded.

    Clearly this is not a theological position, nor a fear of a royal tyrant (given parliament rules today) but simply based on English nationalism against European over-rule – thus the other results on UK independence from Europe.

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