A recent BMG poll for the Independent finds high levels of public support for a raft of policy measures included in the Labour’s 2017 manifesto or recently mooted by senior Labour figures.
Conducted between the 12th and 15th September, the survey of a representative sample of 1,447 adults finds that a majority are in favour of caps on executive pay, the scrapping tuition fees, and the Government taking both the railways and major utilities back into public ownership.
Of the various policies tested, the introduction of pay ratios for top executives was the most popular, with 69% supporting a system whereby executive pay is “capped relative to the pay received by the lowest-paid worker in the company”. Fewer than one in ten (8%) opposed the proposal, with 22% stating “neither support nor oppose”.
There was also majority support for scrapping tuition fees (58%), nationalising major utilities (57%), and taking the railways back into public ownership (55%). Close to half (46%) also stated that they would support a so-called “Robin Hood tax” of around 0.05 percent on financial transactions including those involving stocks, bonds, foreign currency and derivatives.
However, whilst on a case-by-case basis Labour policy appears to resonate with the public, many appear to be less convinced by Labour’s governing credentials. Only a third (33%) agreed with the notion that the Labour party is currently a “government in waiting”, with 44% disagreeing and 24% unsure.
Nonetheless, close to half (46%) do believe that, following Labour’s General Election performance, Jeremy Corbyn has earned the right to lead the Labour Party into the next election, although many disagree (44%) that the Labour leader should now be able to change internal party rules governing any future leadership contests.
An article based on these polling results, released by the Independent, can be found here.
Methodology, fieldwork dates, and a full breakdown of these results can be found here.
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Robert Struthers –Research Executive