Ahead of a Parliamentary showdown on the Trade Union Bill, an exclusive BMG poll commissioned by the Electoral Reform Society, found that the vast majority of the public feel that big political donors have too much influence on parties.

Respondents were asked to what extent they agree with the following statement “Big donors have too much influence on political parties” and the results show that 77% either agree or strongly agreed. This is compared to just 3% disagreeing and 20% who said that they neither agree nor disagree with the statement.

A closer look at the data reveals that the sentiment strengthens amongst older groups and those who describe themselves as politically interested, with 85% agreeing amongst 65-74s and 83% amongst those interested in politics.

91% of Liberal Democrat voters agreed, to some extent, with the statement, compared to 85% of Labour voters and 78% of those who voted Conservative at the previous general election.

The poll also found that 72% either agree or strongly agree that the system of party funding is corrupt and should be changed.

57% indicated that a state funded political system would be fairer than the one we currently have set up.

Katie Ghose, Chief Executive of the Electoral Reform Society, said “These findings show that the public are deeply concerned with Britain’s broken party funding model. Party finances in the UK are in dire need of reform.”

An article based on these polling results, released by the Electoral Reform Society, can be found here.

Data tables containing a breakdown of the results can be found here.

For further details about this poll, and any other results from our polling series, please feel free to get in touch by email or phone.


Lauren Harris – Research Executive




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