Majority in UK support elected House of Lords

By staff writers
October 12, 2010

The majority of people in Britain support a process that would allow them to elect the members of the House of Lords, and very few endorse the status quo, a new Angus Reid Public Opinion poll has found.

In the online survey of a representative sample of 2,004 adults, three-in-ten respondents (30 per cent) believe the UK does not need a House of Lords, and want all legislation to be reviewed and authorised by the House of Commons.

Two-in-five Britons (40 per cent) think the UK needs a House of Lords, but want the people to be allowed to take part in the process to choose lords.

Only nine per cent of respondents think the current guidelines that call for appointed lords should not be modified.

But two-thirds of respondents (66 per cent) support holding a nationwide referendum to decide the future of the House of Lords, and a clear majority (58 per cent) supports the notion of allowing the people to directly elect the Second Chamber of Parliament.

Last year, an ICM poll showed that 74 per cent of the population - including 70 per cent of Christians - believe it is wrong that some Church of England Bishops are given an automatic seat in the House of Lords.

In recent days, both the Liberal Democrat leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, and the Labour leader Ed Miliband have voiced their support towards having an elected House of Lords. Britons are largely supportive of this notion, and certainly prefer it to either the abolition of the upper house or the current state of affairs.


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