Public: bankers bonuses should help cut deficit


7:47 pm - January 15th 2011

by Sunny Hundal    


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A ComRes poll tonight for the Independent on Sunday finds the Yes to Fairer Votes campaign ahead of the No2AV campaign by 6 points.

The poll is significant because it asks the referendum question which will be posed to voters in May.

At present, the UK uses the “first past the post” system to elect MPs to the House of Commons. Should the “alternative vote” system be used instead?

Yes 36%
No 30%
Don’t know 34%
(Answers were weighted by likelihood to vote)

I could be persuaded to support changing the voting system in the forthcoming referendum in May when I have heard more about the arguments for and against

Agree: 61%
Disagree: 18%
Don’t know: 21%
(this suggests that the Yes vote could increase)

Among people who don’t know how they would vote in the referendum question above, 60% agree that they could be persuaded to vote ‘yes’ and only 7% disagree. If we add these potential supporters of AV to those who already do agree, the Yes vote climbs to 58%, assuming the No vote remains at 27%, and don’t knows decline to 15%.

Labour lead strengthens as Lib Dems slump to record low

At a time of major public spending cuts the Government should be much tougher in clawing back bankers’ bonuses through the tax system
Agree: 81%
Disagree: 9%
Don’t know: 10%

A Labour government under Ed Miliband would be better at protecting people’s jobs
Agree: 30%
Disagree: 38%
Don’t know: 32%
(Only 13% of Lib Dem voters agree. )

Full poll details here

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Is there any chance you could let those who write the articles do the headlines because this is getting silly.

Well, it’s a good job that bankers’ bonuses are helping to reduce the deficit then isn’t it?


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