Public turning against cuts

Anthony WellsHead of European Political and Social Research
January 11, 2011, 8:23 PM GMT+0

The latest voting intention figures in our daily YouGov/Sun poll show the Conservatives on 40%, Labour on 43% and the Liberal Democrats on 8%.

While the three point Labour lead is not untypical of our recent results, our latest trackers on public attitudes towards the cuts are much more negative for the Coalition Government. This is the first time we have asked our regular "cuts trackers" since the VAT rise came into effect, and it appears to have had a significant impact on public opinion.

Asked if the Government's cuts will be good or bad for the economy only 38% now think they will be good, compared to 47% who think they will be bad. In comparison last year it was roughly even between people thinking the cuts would be good and those thinking they would be bad.

On whether the cuts are being done fairly or unfairly, 57% now think the cuts are being done unfairly, again the highest we've shown so fair.

Finally 72% of people now think the cuts are having an impact on their own lives, up sharply from 62% in December.

See the survey details and full results here