Public opinion on Lib-Con coalition government (ComRes)

By Press Office
May 14, 2010

A new ComRes poll for BBC Daily Politics shows:

· Reducing budget deficit – 60 per cent to 29 per cent say they expect the new government to be effective

· Cleaning up politics – 54 per cent to 36 per cent say the new government will be effective

· However, people are less optimistic on improving the NHS – 45 per cent to 43 per cent say this will be ineffective

· And an even split on reducing crime – 45 per cent say effective and the same percentage say ineffective

Analysis of the results by voting behaviour last week shows that:

· Conservative voters are the most optimistic about each measure, followed by Liberal Democrats and then Labour voters

· Labour voters are, overall, pessimistic about the new government’s effectiveness at reducing crime, improving the NHS and cleaning up politics

On whether the coalition is good or bad for Britain:

· 44 per cent say good, 21 per cent say bad and 28 per cent say it will make no difference

· It is last week’s Labour voters who are the most negative – 45 per cent of them say it will be bad, 24 per cent good compared to 65 per cent of Tory voters and 58 per cent of Liberal Democrats who say good, and only 11 per cent and 17 per cent respectively who say bad.

ComRes telephoned a random sample of 1010 GB adults on 12-13 May 2010. Full tables at

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