Poll of 2,059 British adults for ITV News on UKIP
COMRES / ITV NEWS POLL: “NASTY” UKIP STILL MOST TRUSTED ON IMMIGRATION AND LEAST TRUSTED WITH NHS
As UKIP gather for their conference in Margate this weekend, the latest poll conducted by ComRes for ITV News reveals that the public believe that they are the party most likely to be seen as “nasty” (37%). Additionally, more than two in five Britons (44%) think the party is racist – an increase of twelve points since the European Election campaign in April last year. UKIP is also the party most likely to be described as “unprofessional” (43%).
However, despite a decrease of seven points since October, a quarter of the public believe that in Nigel Farage, UKIP has a strong leader (25%), second only to David Cameron (37%). And UKIP is still the party most trusted to control the issue of immigration (36%).
Around half agree that UKIP are not a credible political party (47%) – an increase of eleven percentage points since April. The public also disagree with statements focusing on UKIP’s honesty and policies: around half (48%) disagree that the party has sensible policies and 44% disagree that UKIP are more honest than other political parties. A third (33%) believe they are more honest and 29% say they have sensible policies.
Looking to the other parties, Labour remains the party most trusted to manage the NHS (34%), extending its lead over the Conservatives to twelve points – only 6% of the British public trust UKIP most to manage the NHS.
The Conservatives retain their lead on reducing the budget deficit and promoting economic growth, while Labour remains ahead on keeping down the cost of everyday items.
Labour is currently the party most likely to be seen as “divided” (37%). This represents a large change from October 2014, when both the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats were seen by more people as divided.
Tom Mludzinski, Head of Political Polling said: “Some of the shine appears to be coming off UKIP at the moment. Having been fairly quiet since the turn of the year, UKIP’s support in the polls has fallen away slightly. They will be hoping that their conference this weekend can be the springboard to regain some of the momentum built up over the last few years. They have proved to be the masters of surprise.”
Q: Do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?
|UKIP are a racist party||44% (+12)||36%(-4)||20%|
|UKIP are more honest than other political parties||33%(NC)||44% (+6)||23%|
|UKIP are not a credible political party||47% (+11)||34%(-4)||19%|
|UKIP have sensible policies||29%(-5)||48% (+10)||23%|
Base: GB adults (n=2,059). Numbers in brackets are changes from 28th April 2014.
Q: Please select which of the following words or phrases apply to each political party.
|Statement||Con||Lab||LD||UKIP||Green||None of them|
|Has a strong leader||37% (+5)||13%||6%||25% (-7)||6%||31%|
|Is nasty||27%||18%||10%||37% (+5)||4%||34%|
|Stands up for people like me||20%||28%||11%||18%||10%||28%|
|Keeps its promises||14%||13%||5%||7%||7%||58%|
|Has the best policies for Britain’s future||27%||25%||7%||15%||9%||27%|
|Has the competence to govern||40% (+3)||28%||10%||10%||6%||28%|
|Has solutions for issues important to me||24%||25%||9%||19%||12%||27%|
Base: All GB adults (n=2,059). Numbers in brackets are changes since 20th October 2014
Q: Which party do you trust most to…
|Statement||Lab||Con||Lib Dem||UKIP||Don’t know|
|Manage the NHS||34%||22%||7%||6%||31%|
|Keep down the cost of everyday items, such as food, energy and travel||31%||22%||7%||6%||35%|
|Make sure that the benefits of economic growth are felt by all||29%||22%||9%||8%||31%|
|Reduce the Government’s budget deficit||17%||41%||5%||6%||31%|
|Promote UK economic growth||22%||37%||4%||8%||28%|
|Redefine Britain’s relationship with the EU||18%||25%||5%||23%||28%|
|Make the welfare system fairer||31%||24%||8%||9%||28%|
|Provide adequate care for the elderly||31%||17%||9%||7%||36%|
|Improve housing affordability||32%||18%||8%||7%||36%|
|Reduce crime and anti-social behaviour||19%||29%||7%||9%||35%|
|Improve the education system||28%||25%||8%||6%||33%|
Base: All GB adults (n=2,059).
Date Published: 27th February 2015
Categories: Economy | GE2015 | Media | Politics | Public and communities | Social | UK
Client: ITV News
ComRes interviewed 2,059 British adults online between 20th–22nd February 2015. Data were weighted to be representative of all GB adults aged 18+. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.