ComRes interviewed the British Public on behalf of The People
Date Published: 16 Feb 2013
Categories: Economy | Politics | Public and communities | UK
COMRES/ SUNDAY PEOPLE POLL: MAJORITY OF BRITISH PEOPLE CALL FOR HALT TO THE BEDROOM TAX
A new ComRes poll for The Sunday People reveals that most of the British public want David Cameron to delay the ‘Bedroom Tax’ from going ahead in April.
A majority of those interviewed (52%) say David Cameron should delay the ‘Bedroom Tax’ from going ahead in April, including 35% of Conservative voters, whilst only 28% overall disagree. Many go further, with 45% saying the ‘Bedroom Tax’ should be abandoned altogether (including 65% of Labour voters) and that David Cameron should think of other ways to save money.
The poll reveals widespread public concern over the current implementation of the policy. Six in ten (60%) of the British public say no one should lose housing benefit unless they refuse to move into suitable smaller accommodation and more than three quarters of the public (77%) think that Army families should be excluded from paying the ‘Bedroom Tax’ if their children are away on tours of duty.
The impact of the current policy appears to be damaging to the Government’s reputation. Almost half (49%) think the ‘Bedroom Tax’ shows how out of touch the Government is with the lives of real people. 35% disagree.
Notes to editors
ComRes interviewed 2,002 British adults online from 13th to 14th of February 2013. Data were weighted to be demographically representative of all GB adults aged 18+. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules. Full tables will be posted at www.comres.co.uk
Further info: Keiran Pedley, ComRes 07580 911527