Poll: Cameron’s Big Society falls flat again


12:45 pm - May 24th 2011

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Polling out by Yougov today shows that David Cameron’s attempts to flog the Bog Society horse are as doomed as the last attempt.

The analysis by Peter Kellner of YouGov states:

However, the evidence is clear: most people are baffled by the term ‘Big Society’; and, when it is explained to them, they have little confidence that it will work.

YouGov repeated a series of questions asked three months ago.

1. The Government has said that a key plank of its policy is to encourage a ‘Big Society’. How well, if at all, would you say you understand what the Government’s ‘Big Society’ plan is?

29% said they understand it very or fairly well,
62% said not very, or not at all, well.
This is only a slight improvement from mid-February, when 24% said well and 72% not well.

2. David Cameron has said the Big Society is about giving more power to local communities and people, by taking more power away from government and allowing voluntary groups and communities to run public services. Examples include giving more powers to local government, encouraging people to take an active role in their communities and supporting charities and volunteer groups. In principle, do you think the Big Society sounds like a good or bad idea?

45% said the Big Society is a good idea and 34% saying it’s a bad idea. 22% had no view either way.
In February, 49% said it was a good idea and 31% a bad idea.

3. In practice, do you think the government’s policies to create a Big Society will actually work?

Only 9% think it will work, while a large majority, 73% say it won’t work. Even Conservative voters reckon by three-to-one that the Big Society won’t work.
The numbers were the same in February.

4. Which of the following statements best reflects your view?

The Big Society is a real vision of how the government can cut the cost of delivering services and get more people involved in their local communities

The Big Society is mostly just hot air, and is being used as a cover for the Government while they cut investment in public services

The results this time are virtually the same as three months ago: ‘real vision’: 19%, ‘mostly hot air’, 59%.

Strikingly, only 42% of Conservative voters said it was a ‘real vision’ and 26% said it was ‘mostly hot air’.

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And yet, which bit of the Tory programme do Blue Labour want to adopt, emulate and emphasise…

This general idea used in Labour’s time to be called Double Devolution as I recall but at least then it was intended to be helpful in a responsible way, bringing in the resources of the state to support work on the ground.

Very odd that Big Society at least uses normal words, but has almost nothing going for it until that underpinning is recognised, at least for a while, as necesary; whilst Double Devolution sounds weird, but with a different name had potential to do real good: http://t.co/ZbXRDQQ

He’s the wrong man representing the wrong party and probably at the wrong time to be trying to promote the BS.

Cameron has to remember during which governments society was broken, working ties broken villages, small towns and inner city areas social fabric was destroyed particularly in the North of the country.

When the miners went on strike they were not only trying to protect their jobs but also their social fabric and family life. This is just one example.

Jon – it’s Labour voters who don’t think the Big Society is a good idea, and I suspect a lot of that is because the question begins “David Cameron has said x… x is …. do you think it sounds like a good idea?”.

Some ‘white lie’ polling which said “Ed Miliband has proposed giving more powers to local government, encouraging people to take an active role in their communities and supporting charities and volunteer groups, what do you think?” might produce radically different results.

That people don’t think it will work may be to do with it being simultaneous with, or even a cover for, massive cuts, rather than any sense that the concept is an impossible one in and of itself.

The view of 59% of respondents (to 19% with the rest not sure) is that the Big Society is hot air. They may be right, but that’s different from a government genuinely trying, but failing.

steve,

Cameron has to remember during which governments society was broken, working ties broken villages, small towns and inner city areas social fabric was destroyed particularly in the North of the country.

When the miners went on strike they were not only trying to protect their jobs but also their social fabric and family life. This is just one example.

So you are saying attempts to recreate such fabric are doomed because a previous generation removed the state subsidies which maintained an industrially-created (and not healthy) social fabric? Seems a bit self-defeating, but you’re probably right.

When the best he can manage is a measly 42% of Tories saying that it’s ‘Real Vision’ – while an astonishing 26% of same actually had the blue-rinsed temerity to observe that it was mostly hot air – what more does he need to get him to abandon this unworkable and unpopular obsession? Or is the truth a case of ‘Don’t take off the Big Society mask – there is nothing underneath?’

It’s not so much U-turns with him these days – as ever-decreasing circles. Any day now we can expect messrs Clegg and Cameron to disappear up each other’s cast-off flagship policies. Bloody good riddance to the pair of them.

The Big Society = The Dead Society

Deamed up on the schoolyards of Eton as a way for the oiks to be more socially independent from the state. We are all in this together but some of us are more in it than others?

9. David Hodd

@7

The Big Society = voluntary sector + local authorities

Unfortunately, Cameron seems to forget that a critical role of local autorities and charities is to pick up those things that the market place cannot or will not deliver. Local Authorities in partnership with community groups and charities are a far more accountable and effective way of providing services than the bulk being provided by fuedal landlords or charities run for the tax efficient benefit of super-rich philanthropists

Try this in the FT:

Big Society labelled ‘farce’ after new blow
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/57879ace-863b-11e0-9e2c-00144feabdc0.html

About says it all.


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