People tend to think they’re more socially liberal than David Cameron

People tend to think they’re more socially liberal than David Cameron
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The largest group of people say they are more socially liberal than David Cameron. Equal opportunities and raising social wage are the most supported liberal ideas

A “political invasion”? A “speech he always wanted to make”? A “reformer’s speech”? The media have widely analysed and debated this week’s Conservative Party Conference speech made by David Cameron.

Praising “great traditions of Conservative social reform”, David Cameron said he will devote much of his remaining time in office to "an all-out assault on poverty" aiming to tackle "deep social problems" and boost social mobility. Many commentators suggested the speech was a push to dominate the centre ground.

Even though the prime minister voiced socially liberal opinions, new First Verdict research reveals that the greatest number of people consider themselves to be more socially liberal than David Cameron. Unsurprisingly, the majority of Labour supporters see themselves as more liberal; however one in five Conservative party backers also say they are more liberal than Mr Cameron.

Equality of opportunity and raising the minimum wage are the most supported socially liberal ideas. Close runners up are gay marriage and anti-racism. The least backed liberal ideas by the panel are immigration and higher welfare.

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