The latest BMG poll for the Evening Standard reveals a clear majority of the British public are behind House of Lords reform in light of David Cameron’s list of resignation honours.

The findings of the poll come as Whitehall officials are reportedly preparing an honours list to recognise the performance of Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

However, our latest poll found that in light of Cameron’s list, almost six in ten favour an elected Chamber, with 35% saying all peers should face the voters and 23% saying at least some should be elected. Interestingly, this sentiment is strongest among supporters of the three major parties in the House of Lords, Conservatives (65%), Labour (68%) and Liberal Democrats (64%). Just under one fifth (19%) think the House of Lords should be left as it is while 23% believe it should be abolished, leaving just an elected Commons.

Over half of the public (54%) agree peerages and other honours can be “bought in Britain by political donations”, just 18% disagree (28% don’t know). Unsurprisingly, those interested in politics and those who tend to distrust the government are much more likely to agree with this statement (64% and 63% respectively).

Almost half of the public (47%) believe the new Prime Minister, Theresa May, should take steps to ban resignation honours lists in the future, one fifth (20%) said she should not take such steps while one third said they don’t know.

The poll found half of the British public think Cameron has brought the system into disrepute while just 19% disagree (31% don’t know). Around four in ten Conservative supporters (41%) believe Cameron has bought the system into disrepute, more than those who do not (36%). While 46% of Liberal Democrat supporters, 62% of Labour supporters and 73% of Ukippers believe Cameron has damaged the honours system.

Dr Michael Turner, Research Director at BMG Research, said “Among Conservatives supporters, the polling suggests that more Tories feel Cameron’s last act has done reputational damage to the honours system (41%) than those who do not (36%). In light of the controversy, there appears to be a clear majority among the public for reform.”

The findings of the poll come as Whitehall officials are reportedly preparing an honours list to recognise the performance of Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

An article based on these polling results, released by the Evening Standard, can be found here.

Fieldwork dates and methodology can be found here.

A full breakdown of these results can be found here.

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