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More cuts polling

30 Mar 2011, by in Politics

Unison commisioned some interesting poll questions from YouGov in the run up to last Saturday’s March (and kindly ‘donated’ one about support for the march to the TUC, which has popped up in the media sevaral times since.)

The questions give respondents the opportunity to choose betwen the kind of argument we would put and on the government would put. That can be a good polling technique as it means that youy are not trying to devise a neutral non-leading question, but giving people the choice between two clearly partial statements.

Sample Size: 2720 UK Adults
Fieldwork: 20th – 21st March 2011
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David Cameron has launched his “Big Society” drive, a plan to give more power to local communities and encourage a culture of volunteering by allowing charities and voluntary groups to take over the running of some public services. Some people have criticised the proposals as being a smokescreen for public spending cuts. Which of the following statements best reflects your view? Total Con Lab Lib Dem
The Big Society is genuinely about trying to encourage people to volunteer and give more power to local people, but may also help cut the government’s deficit 21 52 4 29
The Big Society isn’t really about encouraging volunteers or devolving power, it is just a way of cutting the money spent on public services 59 28 83 51
Thinking about the way the Government is cutting public spending to reduce the budget deficit… Total Con Lab Lib Dem
Do you think…?
It is right to cut public spending to the extent that they are, so Britain’s economy can recover 33 76 5 50
It is wrong to cut public spending to the extent that they are, as it could drive Britain back into recession 56 16 90 38
Which of the following statements do you agree with more? Total Con Lab Lib Dem
If the government taxed banks and bankers bonuses more than they currently do, they could avoid making some of the cuts to public spending 68 51 81 64
The government has already taxed the banks and bankers bonuses by as much as they can without the risk that major banks and bankers would relocate abroad – there is no alternative but to cut spending 16 35 6 19
Some people and companies can legally avoid paying some taxes because of the ‘loop holes’ which exist in the tax system. Some say that the Government should close the loop holes in the tax system to ensure that companies and individuals pay more tax. Others say that closing the loop holes will effectively mean a tax increase on some individuals and companies which may reduce the amount of economic investment in Britain and threaten the economic recovery. Total Con Lab Lib Dem
Do you think the Government should or should not close the tax loop holes?
The Government should close the tax loopholes 79 80 84 82
The Government should not close the tax loopholes 8 11 6 8

One Response to More cuts polling

  1. Tax Research UK » 79% of people think the government should act to close tax loopholes
    Mar 31st 2011, 9:54 am

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