Only one in five think Cameron wants TV debates

Stephan ShakespeareCEO and Co-Founder
January 14, 2015, 10:12 AM GMT+0

Voters do believe Nigel Farage and Ed Miliband, on the other hand, genuinely want the debates to happen

Following up on a recent poll for Red Box where we found that 70% of the public want TV election debates and 71% want Farage to take part, we ran a second YouGov poll to find out whether the party leaders are perceived as being equally enthusiastic.

Only 22% think that David Cameron "genuinely wants there to be a debate", compared to 51% for Ed Miliband, 44% for Nick Clegg and 70% for Nigel Farage.

Current proposals from the broadcasters that Natalie Bennett (the leader of the Greens) need not be included are rejected by 66%, versus 19% who agree that she should be absent.

However, if either the broadcasters or the party leaders fail to agree with her participation, 54% think David Cameron should take part anyway, and only 27% think he should refuse. The proportion is almost as high even among Conservative supporters – by 51% to 32%, they think he should debate even without Bennett in the ring.

See the full poll results